Thursday 27 December 2018

Pisurwo Jitendra Suralkar is a character. A character that is defined by a stubborn triumph in art.

SOLO exhibition 
Jehangir art gallery 
1st jan to 7th Jan 2019
ANAMIKA अनामिका 

The name Anamika (female) comes from the Sanskrit word which means, "nameless." Sanskrit word which means, "person without name  ring finger (finger between middle finger and little finger) is called anamika in sanskrit." Sanskrit word which means, "a beautiful lady having no name.." Hindi word which means, "nameless or without description."
Also suggested is name an Indian word which means, "the ring finger." Hindi word which means, "ring finger." Sanskrit word which means, "The Powerful Ring Finger,The nameless finger. Many cultures  avoided the true name of a powerful entity, and called it indirectly or called it nameless.."

Pisurwo Jitendra Suralkar is a character.  A character that is defined by a stubborn triumph in art.  He incarnates practices not as inspiration or technical sycophancy but rather as ideological exercises in conversation with the artists Hussain & Picasso.  Art History and its tango with Indian contemporary artists suffers a bias of duality.  One that arises from its own lethargy to remain accessible from its occidental perch ,  serious attempts to include history of art from India began in the last decade of the 20th century and has being ongoing in the 21st century once India's promised the world the possibility of it being an economic power house.  Syllabuses at art schools in India have a disdain to catching up and thus artists disregard art history as an engagement not worthy of vocation fearing its inaccessibility.  Translations are extremely rare and thus many pedagogical exercises in state funded redundant.  Pisurwo does not come from the Sir JJ School of Art,  he studied on the plateau above the Ajanta Caves at the Khiroda College of Arts,  Gulzar Gawali , surrealist painter was his teacher.  Shifting to Bombay in the year 2000 as a painter he pursued his practice beginning with the pavement art gallery at Kala Ghoda to mystical meetings with MF Hussain.  A practice that is marked by his mastery of stroke and an intelligence with colour.  At the Gufa Gallery Pisurwo confronts the artist to whom he is compared but not the one he sees himself ape, rather he affirms an incarnation in attitude ,  ideology and stroke.  Pisurwo is a living legend and among the subaltern rebels to art history and the ways of its gathering.  

Sumesh Sharma 
Bombay,  2018 

Looking at Pisurwo’s work, the first thing we notice is the omnipresence of the human face. The more naturalistic works and the portraits, practiced by the artist since the beginning of his career until now - and probably forever - give us the entering point in his world. 

His way of engaging with the portrait, which could be wrongfully read as a classical attitude, is very much influenced by the years passed as a street portraitist, by all the constraints and the context of the job: the drawing has to be fast, the result must be resembling and satisfying for the subject/buyer. There is no study of the psychology of the character, no gaze through his mind and soul, just his blank appearance - just Pisurwo’s swift and secure lines. Nothing but pure drawing. And when this manner is freed by those constrains, it becomes the medium for the real content of his portraits and naturalistic sketches: his relationship with the characters. His wife, his children, his family, the professors that helped him, the painters that inspired him, everyone is there in a familiar and intimate universe held by Pisurwo’s care and will to honour them. His numerous sketchbooks are filled to the brim with drawings, faces, bodies, and always his signature, that he marks on the paper as a real creative act, along with the date and, strangely enough, the time at which the sketch was taken. This seemingly irrelevant detail demonstrates that for Pisurwo drawing is more then the simple registration of world around him, it is the immediate translation of that world, the almost instantaneous transcription of forms. Simply put, sketching has become one with the act of seeing, his own way of perceiving reality. 

In his studio near the Ajanta caves, portraits are not the only Pisurwo’s occupation. Next to this mystical site, Pisurwo seems to be visited be all sorts of images, or even, of spirits. Yakshinis and yakshas, kings and queens and mythological figures invade his canvases in a dreamlike state that echoes cubist aesthetics and M.F.Hussein work. An immense cosmogony unravels before us as we witness the spirits suffer, rejoice, engage in dialogue or in sexual acts; we see them merge and overcome duality. As an obsessively repeated facial pattern, they saturate the page or the canvas, leaving nothing except their presence for us to see. From the smallest drawing to the largest canvas, this horror vacui could come from his relation and incessant observation of the Ajanta cave paintings themselves, evolved and transformed through Pisurwo’s sensibility. This overflowing of signs, lines, marks and gestures is profoundly characteristic of his work. Plates, family photos, house walls, insignificant objects, leafs, stones and even a dead cockroach, nothing is spared, everything is a suitable support for his magmatic creativity: an all-over that could cover hills, mountains, us all and the entire world. 

A personal quest for meaning that, by engulfing everything around him, engages us in a journey beyond reality itself.

Painting as breathing,
drawing as living,
art as a way of being.

- Text by Niccolò Moscatelli (Paris France)

SOLO exhibition 
Jehangir art gallery 
1st jan to 7th Jan 2019
ANAMIKA अनामिका 

Wednesday 19 December 2018

The First Death Anniversary Pankaja JK

1972 + 2017

Pankaja JK
( Founder of Art & Art Writer)

Tathi Premchand

Tusher Jog (1966-2018)

Image source  fb: Chemould Prescott Road

Tushar Joag was born in Mumbai in 1966. He graduated in Sculpture from Sir J. J. School of Arts in 1988, which was followed by a Masters in Sculpture at the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. U Baroda(1988-1990), a Fellowship at the
Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, and an artist-residency at Rijksakademie in Amsterdam (1998-2000). Joag was one of the co-founders of the Bombay-based artist- collective, Open Circle that sought to engage with contemporary socio-political issues via integration of theory and practice. He has convened/curated international events, screenings and exhibitions
individually and in collaboration. He has also participated in many prominent national as well as international shows. Currently, he is founding
faculty and Associate Professor, Department of Art Design and Performing Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Shiv Nadar University.
He currently lives and works in Delhi.

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Thursday 13 December 2018


Shine Shivan will open 5 th solo show at Sakshi Art gallery for Mumbai Gallery Weekend 2019.

Monday 3 December 2018


With great pleasure, the National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai, Ministry of Culture, Government of India in collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery, cordially invites you to the inauguration of the exhibition  "The Earth's Heart, Torn Out' Navjot Altaf: A Life in Art". This Retrospective has been curated by Ms.Nancy Adajania. It will be jointly inaugurated by Shri Adwaita Charan Garanayak, Director General, National Gallery of Modern Art and Ms. Roshan Shahani, Art Critic on Tuesday11th December, 2018 at 5:30 PM.


Sunday 2 December 2018

Story from McLeod Ganj / GNOSIS - 2018 at Jehangir Art Gallery, Open at 11th Dec 2018

Does Buddhism and creativity have anything in common? May be, Yes. Buddhism is all about exploring self and attaining the power of mind over body, self realization and self- control. Creativity adopts or follows some methods of Buddhism, where in creator becomes meditative as he goes in creating and concentrating on exploring the depth of theme, thus, gaining a meditative hold over the physical appearance of the painting. Both, Buddhism and Creativity, cultivate our real and cryptic nature.

There is rise of ‘Consciousness’ in both. Meditation is not an easy process and when you sit to meditate you have more diversions of thought than ever before; there is not a single moment when you feel stable at soul. It is probing into unpredictable nature. Creativity follows same ebb of finding stability amongst chaos and move with the tranquil flow.

Artist Umakant has been working on the concepts and figures of the Buddha since last many years. Gnosis/ Bhikus is one further step in his creation of thought involving Buddha and Buddhism. . Here he directly paints the representatives of the Buddha- the Monks. Along with Dalai Lama, there are novice monks. We find that these novice monks’ expressions are not serene and meditative but seem to be at the infantile stage of becoming Monks, they have childish innocence on their face. They are allowed to explore their physical world and with the aid of Buddhist preaching they slowly develop self awareness.

Process of creativity is like these novice monks, a process of becoming self aware and breaking free from of influence from others. Without imposing grueling knowledge and letting them be of their age; this natural way of growing and side-by-side acquiring knowledge in a systematic way would turn them into serene and self-controlled Monks.

To show this initial stage of proceeding to be a true monks, Umakant has made use of colorful background and not as expected of Buddhism (and taken for granted) the association of the subtle shades. The innocence and radiance of novice monks is reverberated in these colors. These photographic style representations have characteristic colorful abstract backgrounds, devoid of figurative, mysterious mist.  

Lastly, not to ignore the painting of The Dalai Lama who displays courage and humility. Like him artist should also have both. Courage to discard all that which is troublesome and hurdle in finding inner vision. Humility, a spiritual nature to accept criticism without disquiet and gain highest level of spirituality.  

These paintings are unique in the sense that the images are well-known but they are metaphoric representation of real creativity and shows us that path to spiritual growth; be it by following Buddhism as by Buddhist monks or by being creative person. The path is difficult and main hurdle is mind and soul and development of self awareness. Self awareness by Monks or by artist, would surely lead to spiritual upliftment. The show is worth watching as imparting knowledge through visual means.

- by Pankaja JK 

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