Tuesday 1 December 2020

Nippon Gallery - The Natural Resurrection - Narratives in blue - by Gunjan Shrivastava

2020 is undeniably going to go down as one of the most eventful and an extraordinary year in history. The pandemonium of COVID-19 caught us off-guard and changed the way of life tagging it as new normal. This new normal indeed brought vivacity to long-overlooked “Mother Nature”. Conceptualized keeping the intriguing observations of natures evolvement through the pandemic, this collection embodies the healing process of the environment and its consequent resurrection.  

Governor of West Bengal Hon' Kesari Nath Tripathi with Gunjan Shrivastava cyanotype works 2019

And whilst the plague known to humankind lies stagnant, it is a marvel to watch nature reclaim and embrace itself; years and years of damage is being slowly healed, as in the short span of three weeks we see the Earth healing itself. The past century left mankind convinced that industrialization is human progress, and that the latter cannot coexist with the natural world. It took for the world to come to a standstill to remind us of the fact that we are, in fact, a part of this physical world. We are suddenly made aware of the notion that perhaps, there is a path for us to thrive without destroying that which surrounds us.

This collection is a call to action. By restoring degraded ecosystems and engaging in co-evolutionary processes, humankind can coexist, and even thrive by developing nature's wealth. This is our chance to identify it not as a plague, but as a cure. 

As an artist, years of my consciousness towards sustainability inspires me to explore cyanotypes which is a beautiful process of natural phenomenon. It is a meditative experience to see the sun as the source of energy, which magically translates my subjects into profoundly soulful works of art. Adding my signature touch to the collection, it further explores the theme of natural decay with broken leaves printed onto the paper, and are completed with embroidery using red fine string. The colour red here symbolizes blood veins. Metaphorically, the print of the leaf stands to portray that the elements present are natural. My body of works embarks on the awareness to restore the belief in redemptive restoration and emboldens better environmental practice to reclaim what is degraded, damaged and destroyed

Nippon Gallery is pleased to announce the launching of online solo exhibition

"The Natural Resurrection"
-Narratives in blue -
Gunjan Shrivastava

Online Solo Show

Contemporary Art Gallery Hall – 1
2nd to 9th December -2020

Thursday 26 November 2020

The Natural Resurrection - Narratives in blue By Gunjan Shrivastava Online Solo Show

30/32, 2nd Floor, Deval Chambers,
Nanabhai Lane, Flora Fountain, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001 India.
Email: info@nippongallery.com

Wednesday 25 November 2020

“Celebrating Life” Indian Culture Paintings - Cyrus Bharucha, Art Consultant -Mumbai

Celebrating Life


Indian art is not monolithic, nor is there one kind of Indian-ness, in today’s global village, Indians are exposed to cross-cultural ideas and the work they produce is influenced by many sources. To be Indian, there’s no demarcatable identity. Your Indian-ness comes from the genius of possessing a membrane that absorbs and selectively absorbs from many cultures and indigenises it in the process. If you’re able to do that authentically and create an original voice, that means you’re able to extend your vision of the world, then you’re Indian. Having established an identity, many of the artists, are creating works that appear Indian in terms of figures, forms and colours, and they are tending more toward culture while their works very well may still address Indian themes. Considering these basic experiences the group exhibition Celebrating Life is structured such that each work carries its own flavor.

In the paintings of Laxmi Mysore, and Syed Asif Ali colourful forms play hide and seek with the pictorial surface to release their untamed creative energies. Krishna Ashok layers the surface with spontaneous mark makings interplaying elegant elementary of water & fire the active shapes of a representational nature traverse space that is turned into a fluid and floating surface.

Kandi Narsimlu wants the viewer to experience his work with composition, theme, and other elements of traditional work. The medium and materials of the work is its reality, and what he prefers to portray. The basis being on a work’s literal presence, the materials used are not intended to symbolize anything else. Sanju Jain translates mystical energies into the formal purity of colours creating pleasing forms a distinct flavor in this reiterating the dictum that all things are in flux: they resonate with the cadences of a universe that continually brings its precipitates to birth, only to subject them to decay, dissolving them in history's acid current.

Mythologies & sacred narratives are a way of life in India, where existence is often reassured by faith and belief this is observed in Pramod Apet’s Radha Playing the Flute and Mamata Shingade’s Buddha Sachin Akalekar places motif of Bull in a dreamy space teasing the naïve viewer. Satyajeet Shinde precepts the game of chess comparable with the ancient cultures. The co relation of Kings---chess game---realism with abstraction is seen like the yin-yan..

by Cyrus Bharucha Art Consultant- Dadar Mumbai

“Celebrating Life”

Indian Culture Paintings

Open Link : https://nippongallery.com/.../celebrating-life-group-show/


l Kandi Narsimlu l Satyajeet Shinde l Syed Asif Ali l

l Laxmi Mysore l Sanju Jain l

l Krishna Ashok l Sachin Akalekar l Pramod Apet l Mamata Shingade l

Date: 10th to 25th November -2020

Venue : www.nippongallery.com

Visit Gallery Hall – 7

Do visit. Warm Regards.