Saturday 3 November 2018


Satarupa bhattacharya

The Looking Glass emphasises on the human conditions of interaction between the self and the desired self - Satarupa Bhattacharya

The Looking Glass is strongly inspired by the famous Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, and, so, the name reflects on the second book, Through the Looking Glass. 

Alice’s journey is a journey of self-reflection where she finds herself immersed in various aesthetic compositions. Every character is a reflection of her inner desires, where she is constantly engaging her audience with her self-awareness. 

The subconscious, conscious, and the projected self are intersecting factors in an individual at every moment of time and to be able to clearly visualise this for an audience is to bring the interaction with the self in the public. So to start with, The Looking Glass emphasises on the human conditions of interaction between the self and the desired self. Here, the notion of human condition is grounded on history, politics, and society as we have witnessed them in our collective journey. Therefore, Varnita Sethi, Mahhima Bhayanna, and Mahmood Ahmad help recreate this essential dialogue with their viewers in this hope that their viewers would engage with the auto-narrative in an urban visual space.
(Mahmood Ahmad  l Mahhima Bhayanna l Varnita Sethi )

The show is being held at a garage space in a residential area in New Delhi with the purpose of looking at the deep recesses of architecture that engulfs our tendencies to travel between time, space, and events. This is further enhanced in the works of Varnita Sethi, who puts herself on her canvas by projecting her desire to self-pleasurise. Sethis’s sexuality reminds us of Alice’s budding desires that she visualises in the Mad Hatter. The Mad Hatter’s inane interactions are emphatic of life and the several sexual self-dialogues convoluted in language and advices to Alice. Sethi’s works gives us a glimpse to her Mad Hatter through bold colours and strong strokes bringing out the woods of her buried desires. Her work comfortably interacts with a larger audience. 

Mahhima Bhayanna takes this self-dialogue to a realm of intricacies as she weaves her miniature and calligraphy techniques to that of the abstract form. Bhayanna’s works bring forth her desire to reflect collectively through her meditative space reminding us of the rabbit running late that led Alice to jump into a hole. This intense desire to collect all pieces of time and purpose is a conscious dialogue in our current moment. It is not of crisis, but of addressing that which we engage with everyday. Bhayanna’s works display her dialogues with her self and her desired self that intends to engage her audience in her delicate and gentle strokes that Alice’s rabbit embodies and, yet, does not. Mahmood Ahmad adds his virile dreams to our narrative’s purpose of directly engaging with our subconscious visual space. He surprises his meditation with his boldness in directly addressing his journey. His charcoal sketches remind us of Alice’s colourful dream in an alternative urban visualised context. In his works, his dreams are lucid and he wants his audience to visit his wonderland. 
All in all, The Looking Glass hopes to engage with all our Alice’s wonderland and, ergo, lends us a mirror to reflect upon. 

Satarupa bhattacharya

Art Writer- New Delhi

Wednesday 31 October 2018

A Secret Private Museum Initiated Jogen Chowdhury's Rare Works

Sharing an important news from the art world a SECRET MUSEUM initiated by artist JOGEN CHAUDHRY is on its way to open end of the year Priyasri Patodia is sitting in Jogen’s private 3 floor museum in Kolkata which will be showing his works from his days in Paris pre Paris post Paris and his rare works including academic   years his first water color his first cross hatch etc.

Priyasri Patodia of Priyasri Art Gallery will be Associated with this museum closely. This museum will open to public hopefully by end of this year. Why don’t others master  artist initiate private museums so the rare pieces of heritage is available to masses and not to selected few who have the pockets. Artist imitated museums are more common in developed countries and we are happy many private collectors are also following suit. Art can cannot be possessed by anyone people buy them pass them on to their heirs who may not treasure them.

The anonymous collectors don’t even ensure the destiny of the Art on other occasions immediate families of artists fight for possessions of these priceless pieces which lead to secret sales and the fate of the masterpiece is uncertain. Must say Jogen Chowdhury has had vision to make this museum with his rare works which be governed by a group of trustees ensuring that the works live for posterity. Kudos. 

Yogisha Motla
(on behalf of Priyasri Patodia)
P R I Y A S R I  A R T G A L L E R Y
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Shiv Sagar Estate
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Mumbai 400018
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Through his career as an artist, Sanjay has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife

Sanjay Prajapati, is a contemporary Indian artist, lives and works in Baroda.
Sanjay Prajapati is a painter known nationally for his large, dramatic portrayals of iconic wildlife. He grew up in a village which is surrounded by jungles and wildlife in its natural habitat.  His deep passion, knowledge of wildlife and unwavering commitment to conservation continues to inspire.
Artist : Sanjay Prajapati

Through his career as an artist, Sanjay has inspired a deeper understanding of the world and its wildlife, encouraging successful conservation efforts and awareness of endangered species and their habitats. Travelling across the India, for his love of photography he seeks inspiration for his art work, Sanjay has utilized these opportunities to research wildlife and to learn about associated conservation challenges at the local, regional, and national levels. Through his career, in artwork  Sanjay has developed effective ways to implement and support conservation programs and is utilizing his imagery skills to promote a message of wildlife preservation and to initiate real change. 

 Today, Sanjay’s work is admired and collected by prominent politicians, entertainers, business leaders and art collectors. His work can be found in private collections, corporate offices, Art Galleries, & Hotels in India. Sanjay’s works are displayed in important museums, corporate and private collections and has appeared in numerous prestigious venues.

About the Works

Cultural Background is a phrase broadly discussed by E.H. Gombrich. He stated that an artist's artistic expression is greatly influenced by his cultural background and the environment he grew up as a child. If one looks at the paintings of Sanjay Prajapati he can find true connotation of Gombrich's idea. As a child he grew up in a village which is surrounded by jungle and wildlife.  His childhood brought him a prospect of close observation of the animal world, which developed love

and sympathy for the wild animals in him. Later he travelled in different forests in India and also volunteered anti poaching activities. His art practice also depicts intimate understanding and relation of the flora and fauna.

Today he has migrated from the village to an urban life but his village reminiscence works as a source of inspiration in the subject of his paintings. Sanjay is keen to bring out the beauty of nature and wild life on his canvas. His paintings carry a sense of photo realism because he believes that beauty should be represented as it is observed in nature. He painted wild animals in their natural habitat and mood. Wild animals are ferocious but they follow a natural law. They fight only for the

need of something either for food or for control over territories. The uncivilized world is more beautiful, peaceful and enjoyable than to get scared of.

This exhibition named 'Exquisiteness of the Untamed' displays a body of work, which reflects sanjay's own understanding of nature and wildlife. The paintings depict untamed animals in their regular activities and natural behavior in their own terrain.  He has used strong, sharp and bold brushstrokes and bright natural colours to reach to his desired visuals.

Art Gate Gallery
Solo show 1st Nov to7th Nov 2018