Friday 29 October 2021

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time” — Thomas Merton

Shreela Gokarn (b.1966). 

After nearly twenty satisfying years in the industry as an Interior Designer, I decided to focus my attention on my desire to paint - My passion, My love. I trained in my formative years under my mother, Premi Ullal, who is a product of J. J. School of Art, Mumbai, India. Portraiture is her forte. I learnt all the nuances of making portraits in oil, water colour and charcoal. A self taught artist in the Mixed Media Abstract Art medium as well as Digital art, experimentation and innovation have been vital components to creating art that speaks of my experiences. I feel my digital art can't be slotted into a category. I spent my initial years in an industry, where change is a constant feature in your work. If you want to be noticed, you have to be innovative and constantly thinking out of the box. This has influenced my work greatly.

I have also been drawn to mixed media which I enjoy immensely. "Letting go" is a great way to express oneself, by letting the brushes to speak for you, to explore and express feelings through colours. A culmination of my reality, I like to think of my art as the marriage of my understanding of the world and my imagination – the real and the unreal. The combination of mood and depth fused with concepts of space, theology and continuity provoke my imagination to chronicle, through layers of texture and color, my reality. This body of 10 works is part of a collection of Digital Abstract works called Prakruti

Digital Art by Shreela Gokarn

Shreela Gokarn pursues her heart felt desire to raise awareness about the repercussions of our actions on our environment. Through her paintings, she showcases the detrimental consequences of rapidly growing urbanization, water crisis, disappearing jungles and similar aspects leading to the deterioration of our planet Earth, while she highlights the goodness and healing touch of nature. She wishes to rouse people through her art. 

Digital Art by Shreela Gokarn

She quotes:"stretching his hand to reach the stars, too often man forgets the flowers at his feet"- Jeremy Bentham. The artist has divided her work into three parts: The first collection of 7 artworks represents the thought that, “We are part of the earth and it is part of us”. The second section, a selection of 10 artworks dwells on the present status of our environment, "When Life's Green gives away". However, the artist is an optimist at heart and would like to believe that we can restore the environment quite successfully. This is depicted by 7 artworks in the last section, "Mother Nature is generous, as she never gives up, if only we give her a chance".... Since starting my expedition with digital art in 2015, I have been a part of both group and solo exhibitions. I recently have been recognized for my work and was represented by Art nou Millenni at the Art Baho Festival 2019 Barcelona, Spain, under the category "unique art works". I hope my art does start a visual conversation between us!



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Wednesday 27 October 2021

The Shape of Home Tanmoy Samanta solo show at TARQ.

 About the Exhibition: 

The team at TARQ is delighted to announce Tanmoy Samanta’s third solo show at the gallery, The Shape of Home. The collages and watercolour paintings in this show explore Samanta’s practice of elevating the miniature to the epic through his artistic language of solitude and reflection. The artworks in this exhibition showcase Samanta’s exploration of the material and imaginative aspects of our domestic spaces at a time when we are confined within those very spaces. Created during the ongoing pandemic, these artworks are evocative of the memories and stories that these domestic spaces hold. Also present in this show is the artist’s leitmotif of birds. Samanta often uses birds as a vehicle to examine certain dualities like the macabre and the fantastic, moment and eternity.

Artist:Tanmoy Samanta

and presence and absence. Using his preferred medium of rice paper on paper board, Samanta has succeeded in creating works that are quietly poetic. As described by Samanta, “These works are about memory and the idea of home; about longing, belonging and unbelonging. They are about the presence and absence; evocation and poignancy. The stencil like images on the cut-out surfaces are an act of assemblage of memory of different times - some subdued and others stark. They are in the shapes of objects at home—some carefully preserved, forgotten or discarded, heirlooms, layered with tactile experiences and mind-travel to the constellations.” This exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring an essay by Ranjit Hoskote. 

Recent work by Tanmoy Samanta

About the Artist Tanmoy Samanta began his artistic journey atthe Kala Bhavan in Santiniketan,West Bengal, before training at the Kanoria Arts Centre, Ahmedabad. His career has seen a number of solo exhibitions including three with the New Delhi based Gallery Espace and one at Anant Art Gallery, Kolkata. Samanta’s show at TARQ in 2014, titled The Shadow Trapper’s Almanac, curated by Ranjit Hoskote, marked his first solo exhibition in Mumbai. The Shape of Home will be his third solo show at TARQ. Over the years, Samanta has been a part of group shows across India and abroad. Recently, he was part of a group exhibition, Known Unknown, organized by the Raza Foundation, in collaboration with Vadhera Art Gallery, 2020. Besides participating in numerous art fairs such as Art Dubai, Dhaka Art Summit, Art Chennai and India Art Fair, his works have been a part of several prestigious public art projects such as the installation at the Hyatt Regency, Delhi (2016), a site specific collaborative project at IIM Ahmedabad (2016), T-2 Liminus, Mumbai International Airport (2013) and BeeHive at the Hyatt Regency, Chennai (2011) – both curated by Rajiv Sethi. In 2002, Samanta's artistic practice was recognized and celebrated with an award from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation, New York, USA. He lives and works between New Delhi and Santiniketan

The Shape of Home Tanmoy Samanta 

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Monday 25 October 2021

Best Debut Director National Award was given to Raj More at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi

Director Raj More receives 67th National Film Award for Best Debut Director in Delhi Vigyan Bhavan


Raj Pritam More

Best Debut Director National Award was given to Raj More at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi

Covid has stopped personal as well as many governmental activities in the last two years. Artarea was also paused in a way. There are many awards in the field of entertainment Events are held online and on OTT. But the Government of India's prestigious entertainment sector

National awards can be made online Nov. Finally, the 67th National Film Awards Ceremony was held on 25th October at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi. It was announced that the award for Best Debut Director National Award for the short film Khisa was given to Raj Pritam More at the hands of Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu. Raj More's short film Khisa has already won awards at major festivals and competitions around the world, winning over 27 international awards in various countries from New York to Berlin. His first short film "Khisa" presented by PP Cine Productions has won many awards and accolades in India as well as around the world. Including the Dadasaheb Phalke Award of India.

 Raj Pritam More at the hands of Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu. Raj More's short film Khisa has already won awards at major festivals


Raj Pritam More has previously received the 54th National Academy of Fine Arts Award from the Government of India for his painting "Oh My God". And Khisa is the first film he has directed.

When a work of art grows big, so does its birthplace. Born in Akola, Raj More is also a famous painter of the country. He is a student of the famous JJ School of Arts. He has been working in the visual arts for over 20 years and now, with his debut in the film industry, his pocket book earned him this honor. His wife Sangeeta Raj More was also present at the Vigyan Bhavan. He also posted on social media that the award is with him and the entire team and his village Akola and the whole of Vidarbha. National awards were also given to veteran artists like Manoj Bajpayee, Kangana Ranaut, Vijay Sethupati and Dhanush. Also, superstar Rajinikanth was given the Dadasaheb Phalke of the Year 2021 award.

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