Monday 26 December 2022

BLACK SPACE WITHIN BLACK - I am immensely happy to meet Rajesh Rajbhar, who is a painter totally dedicated to visual art. - Prabhakar Kolte


Artist: Rajesh Rajbhar at Jehangir art gallery, 2022

Concept note

“Expression is an aliveness which can be only felt through experience.”   

I start with a blank canvas and a blank mind and then stories, and images emerge from a dialogue between the canvas and the mind. I indulge in painting with no subject matter but only expressions of endless queue, skyscrapers, movement of people, windows of the buildings, and queue at common water tap and then begin with full energy and feelings which comes out in form of expressions of life. Some expressions are unexplained, but expression is an expression in itself, which cannot be explained. We can see and feel it and thus it’s a visual expression. 

Using a stick as a medium to move the colour from one end of the canvas to the other my “Dripping – Style” technique highlights free and spontaneous subconscious feelings and emotions, which are suppressed for a longer time and with the flow of the colour, they too flow very naturally. I play with gestures of expressions in parts which then forms one whole expression.

With a smooth canvas as a surface, I prepare the base with a flat pigment and play with diverse set of materials. My repertoire includes materials such as acrylic, watercolour, ink, oil colors household paints and equally varied set of tools such as brushes, cloth, metal wires, rollers, tubes, socks, and bare hands too. Thus, these act as a cathartic release for my emotions and thoughts.




I am immensely happy to meet Rajesh Rajbhar, who is a painter totally dedicated to visual art. He is young and passionately involved in visual art and he is thoroughly associated with various aspects of this art since he has stepped into the world of visual communication.  He is totally devoted to the art and aesthetic in the field of visual communication. 

I have never taught him but when we started exchanging our views on art and life, we came closer to each other. It was our visual and reciprocal talk on art and life, agony and deep desire for knowledge in art that has kept us deeply connected. As a teacher, I never taught him any academics related to formal art but observed minutely that he wanted to discover a new way of expression. He follows his own way of experiences and communication through his unique way of expression with Black colour to which he is dedicated thoroughly with confidence and faith in himself. He has founded his curious thought process and his desire for contemporary world of art. He has developed an enthusiastic way of expression in the ‘Black colour’ which he started working on huge canvas as if he was trying to discover the hidden soul of black. He struggled a lot but never gave up discovering the breathing soul of black. 

Rajesh is deeply involved in his unique theory of expression in black colour. As a matter of fact, for him black is not a just a colour but his conceptual journey to find out the conscience and soul of black which does not remain a pigment but a medium of communication. It is an eternal journey of unknown discovery of the black which throbs constantly in his existence.    

I personally feel that he is trying to develop a new visual language in black which only he can understand today, but I am sure that his language will be noticed and read by sensitive connoisseurs in future. He is haunted by black and black is responding to this young artist as if the black is not just a colour but two sides of the living darkness, discovered by young artist called Rajesh Rajbhar. I wish him a great future; may God bless him and fulfil his desire of living with black. 


Eminent Artist Dr. Prabhakar Kolte 

Prabhakar Kolte at Jehangir Art Gallery- Mumbai - 400 001

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai

National Gallery of Modern Art, Mumbai
National Gallery of Modern Art
Sir Cowasji Jehangir Public Hall
M. G Road, Fort Mumbai - 400032


Wednesday 21 December 2022

Press Release - The upcoming exhibition at Aakriti Art Gallery on the concept of ‘Freedom’.

On the occasion of 75 years of Indian Independence Aakriti Art Gallery presents an exhibition titled ‘FREEDOM: FROM DESPAIR TO DREAM’. The show is curated by the Art Writer and Curator Mrinal Ghosh featuring the works of 12 painters and 7 sculptors. The participant painters are Partha Pratim Deb, P.R.Narvekar, Chittrovanu Mazumdar, Chhatrapati Dutta, Samir Aich, Jaya Ganguli, Chandra Bhattacharya, K.Muralidharan, Samindranath Majumdar, Pankaj Panwar, Debraj Goswami and Bholanath Rudra, and the sculptors Krishen Khanna, Bimal Kundu, Deabnjan Roy, Akhil Chandra Das, Subrata Biswas, Tapas Biswas and Mrinal Kanti Gayen. The show will start on 28 December 2022 and will continue till 28 January 2023 from 11 am to 7 Pm Monday to Saturday.

The show is likely to reveal how to our artists freedom appears both as despair and dream. The despair is the reality, whether dream will turn to be utopia is an enigma.

For more details about the show, please get in touch with Komal Jaiswal at / +91 9830411116. The show can also be viewed at

Aakriti Art Gallery

Orbit Enclave, 1st Floor12/3A, Hungerford Street, Kolkata – 700 017

Phone: +91 33 22893027/5041

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Thursday 15 December 2022

RITESH SHRIKANT BHOI Preview: Solo show / 20th November 2022




DO COME- Nippon Community. - Wating 20th 

Solo show  -Bhoipir


Preview: Solo show  / 20th November 2022

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm onwards / Exhibition Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

RSVP: +91 9820510599 / Nippon Gallery: 

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Priyasri Art Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition of Jogen Chowdhury towards MGW 2023 at Kathiwada City House (KCH), Mumbai.


We are delighted to inform you that Priyasri Art Gallery will be hosting a solo exhibition of Jogen Chowdhury towards MGW 2023 at Kathiwada City House (KCH), Mumbai.

"Artist-imaginaire of a tradition that brought craft, tradition and modernity in conversation with each other, Jogen Chowdhury evokes glimpses of folkloric time in his recent works". 

-Srajana Kaikini (Ideator)

Dr Srajana Kaikini works across philosophical, artistic and curatorial grounds. She is presently Assistant Professor of Philosophy at SIAS, Krea University.

Priyasri Patodia invites artist-philosopher Srajana Kaikini to respond to Jogen Chowdhury’s works in this new ensemble titled "The Night the Writing Fell Silent". 

Looking forward to hearing back from you for more information.

Have a wonderful week.

Priyasri Art Gallery

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Shiv Sagar Estate
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Mumbai 400018
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Tuesday 13 December 2022

“I remember you from tomorrow.” Ratnadeep Adivrekar’

Artist: Ratnadeep Adivrekar

‘’For the memories themselves are not important. Only when they have changed into our very blood, into glance and gesture, and are nameless, no longer to be distinguished from ourselves only then can it happen that in some very rare hour the first word of a poem arises in their midst and goes forth from them.”

-        Rainer Marie Rilke

A   thought is a function of time, a pattern of growth, and not the thing that the lens of the printed word seems to objectify. It is more like a cloud than a rock, although its effects can be just as long lasting as a block of stone, and its aging subject to the similar processes of destructive erosion and constructive edification. Duration is the medium that makes thought possible, therefore duration is to consciousness as light is to the eye.

From the medieval vantage point, the post-Brunelleschi optical painting seemed to be not all here, the illusion of someplace else compared to the concrete, immediate, nondescriptive existence of the icon image. The physical apparatus of the moving image necessitates its existence as primarily a mental phenomenon. The viewer sees only one image at a time in the case of the painting and more extreme, only the decay trace of a flipping page in the video. In either case, the whole does not exist and therefore can only reside in the mind of the person who has seen it, to be revived periodically through his or her memory.

Conceptual and physical movement becomes equal, experience becomes a language, and concreteness emerges from the highly abstract, metaphysical nature of Ratnadeep Adivrekar’s work. It is this concreteness of individual experience, the original impetus for the story –

“I remember you from tomorrow.”


Abhijeet Gondkar

(Abhijeet Gondkar is an independent writer and curator based in Mumbai. The above excerpts are from Ratnadeep Adivrekar’s solo show “I remember you from tomorrow.” at IFBE Space, Mumbai in November 2022)


Friday 9 December 2022

Interview: Formless in Form A solo show of works by AKIE YANAGISAWA Showcased at Nippon Gallery, Mumbai

 Appreciating each aspect of living and cherishing every expression of life, Akie Yanagisawa grew up moulding her experiences into pieces of art. The diligent way of bringing all her feelings and energy to the artworks channel a communication between herself and the material world. During her expeditions to various countries, she acknowledged that artistry is perpetual and from there she got a blend of sophistication and inspiration to draw and paint her surroundings.While capturing moments in the artworks, she never bound herself to any particular medium or style. In her notion, art unites all, just like the notes of music do, who are different, create different melodies, but eventually are pleasing.Every artwork that she creates is a different reflection of herself in varied situations in life.The use of strong and bold colours accompanied by soft and mushy strokes are what magnet the focus of the audience. Her artworks create a story in which every painting depicts an episode.


1: It is true that for an artist creation is life, can you elaborate on your journey of life as an artist?

What I experienced as a female, daughter, mother, and wife in this material world has given me every reflection of myself in different roles I need to play, they brought me all I needed for understanding who I am and what  I need in my life, every time I feel joy, sad, empty, it becomes my life. I appreciate every person I met and everything I had until this moment. Through these I got what I exactly wanted in my life, which is being myself, my drawings, paintings and artwork, it is the way I show my connections with myself in this world. I am at that moment where I am doing creation, I bring all my feelings and energy to a piece to a communication with myself. This is the art in my creative life.

2. Since you try to capture moments in your art, do you believe that adding abstract notions in the artworks makes them more personal and meaningful?

The moments when I have special feelings that bring me sparkle impulses me to paint or draw, I think we always have such moments every day. When I created these moments on my canvases they turn into abstract shapes or something very real, whatever I experience or sense through my mind. Every creation is a different reflection of me in different situations and a connection with myself, they are all important to me.

3. What significant difference do you sense is in western and Asian art? Do you feel culture is more powerful than concepts?

Thinking of the differences sometimes forces me to understand more about myself, we all have a very brilliant part of ourselves that makes us think about life without boundaries. In my world, there are no boundaries and comparisons. This is just like in the music, we only have 7 notes, but we can make different music from these notes. Culture is made from our life in different areas under different eras, but as much as I am connected with myself I don’t feel anything powerfully.

The show was a huge success.

Great thanks to the artist AKIE YANAGISAWA and Curator of the show Tathi Premchand

Formless in Form

A solo show of works by


Showcased at

Nippon Gallery, Mumbai

Monday 28 November 2022

Formless in the Form solo show of works by AKIE YANAGISAWA Healing Art with soul from a Japanese artist Preview Night: Solo show 29th November 2022



Do come and SAVE DATE

Formless in the Form
solo show of works by


Healing Art with soul from a Japanese artist

Preview Night: Solo show
29th November 2022
Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm onwards

29th November to 6th December 2022
Exhibition Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm RSVP: +91 9820510599 / Nippon Gallery:

Sale enquiery on

30/32, 2nd Floor, Deval Chambers,Nanabhai Lane, Flora Fountain, Fort,
Mumbai – 400 001, India.

Saturday 26 November 2022

Nippon Gallery - solo show of works by AKIE YANAGISAWA - from Japan

Do come and SAVE DATE

Formless in the From 
solo show of works by


Healing Art with soul
from a Japanese artist

Preview Night: Solo show

29th November 2022

Time: 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm onwards

29th November to 6th December 2022
Exhibition Time: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

RSVP: +91 9820510599 / Nippon Gallery:

Sale enquiery on

30/32, 2nd Floor, Deval Chambers,
Nanabhai Lane, Flora Fountain, Fort,
Mumbai – 400 001, India.

Friday 11 November 2022

Save the Date: 19th November | A Performance by Sarah Naqvi


TARQ is delighted to announce a performance by Sarah Naqvi. This performance, titled When a name is laid to rest by force, where lies its burial ground, looks at autocratic developments through the lens of poetry and voice. Using the body as a vehicle, the artist references ideas of faith, displacement, and labour against an aural background of the confluence of rivers. 

This performance will be followed by a conversation with the artist and Hena Kapadia. The exhibition catalogue, featuring an essay by the Curatorial Advisor Shaunak Mahbubani, will also be available to purchase at this event. 

Click here to register for this event.

Sarah Naqvi’s first solo show, how many songs in a single note? includes video installations, tapestry, drawings, paintings, and sculptures, emanating from Naqvi’s brave confrontation of identity-based injustice in the current socio-political landscape. Through these works Naqvi juxtaposes dissent with the tenderness of family, care, and healing in the domestic layout of this exhibition. 

Click here to read more about the exhibition.

About the Artist
Sarah Naqvi is an Indian artist, based in Mumbai/Amsterdam. Their work engages in narratives themed around religious and societal polarisation, centring art and their tool for activism. The materiality and techniques in their work are at play to create familiarity with the viewer, with satire, whimsical props, and softness you are made to believe something joyous awaits. 
Sarah studied Liberal Arts at St. Xavier's College, Mumbai and earned their Bachelor of Textiles from National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad. They had their first solo exhibition Bashaoor, at Clark House, Mumbai in 2018, followed by their second solo exhibition, Sharam o Haya, at Ame Nue, Hamburg in 2019. They have also shown their work at the Bangkok Art Biennale, MAIIAM Contemporary Art Museum in Thailand and Kunsthall Trondheim in Norway.
Sarah has been a part of the De Ateliers Residency, Amsterdam in 2019-2021 as well as the Forecast Forum Residency, Berlin in 2018. They were the recipient of 'The Phenomenal She' award in 2019 conferred by the Indian National Bar Association and NID Ford Foundation Grant in 2018.

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Mumbai’s Biggest National Level Art Exhibition


                A national level group art event Artival 2022 is being held at Expo Centre, World Trade Centre, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai on 11th, 12th and 13th Nov., 2022. It will showcase about 3000 artworks created by 300 artists from various regions of our country under one roof. The vivid participating artists are from different regions of the country having diverse backgrounds and culture. It is the intense urge of these artists to display their artworks alongwith those of master artists on a common platform in order to reach the prospective art collectors.

                Different mediums and techniques have been used by the artists for their artwork, the prominent among them being oil, water colours, acrylic colours, charcoal, pastels, pen & ink, mix medium, marble, bronze, metal, fibre, wood etc. in realistic, semi-realistic and abstract styles. The art work presentations will include paintings , sculptures, artefacts, murals, installations etc. the numerous works will cover a wide range from traditional/ monumental/ spiritual/ historical heritage to landscapes, seascapes, urban and rural cityscapes, beauty of nature, tribal and folk arts and many more aspects including their modern versions.

                The organisers intend to search obscure talent in different regions of India and promote them and their artwork through this event on a global level so as to reach the international art market. 

Participating Art Galleries include:-   

 Chitrakathi Art Gallery, Mumbai,  The Indian Gallery, Mumbai, I Quest Gallery, Mumbai, Aakar – A Contemporary Art, Kolkata, Urja The Art Gallery, Mumbai. 

Participating Artists in this art exhibition include: Dilip Patil, Deepak Thakurdas, Prakash Ghadge, Padmanabh Bendre,  Vitthal Hire, Shashikant  Patade, Bhiva Punekar, Ashif Hossain, K Sadaf, R.C. Sharma, Nilesh Nikam, Devendra Nimbargikar, Dr. Shefali Samir Bhujbal, Dnyaneshwar Dhavale,  Vaishali Ingle, Vaishali Desai, Sumana Dey, Reshma Shirke, Pratibha Goel, Neeta Verma,  Vishal Sabley, Vishwajeet Kumar, Shalu Puria, Mita Vora, Seema Shah, Ishita Biswas, Bonobithi Biswas, Milind Thakur, Pankaj Naik Nimbalkar, Prajakta Ponkshe, Pallavi Nagwekar, Krishna Prakash Jagdale, Manjiri Joshi, Pavan Kumar D, Shrikant Poddar, Muskan Sagar,  Mitlesh Sharma, Dr. Kashinath D.W, Satishkumar Wallepure, K.S. Kamatagoudar, Dr. Ashok Shatkar, B.N. Patil Kalaburagi, B.V. Kamaji,  Meenakshi A.S. Guttedar, Nisha Singh, Tanishka Soni, B.R Uppin, Rajashekhar S, Kishor Kumar, Sanjay Kanihal,  Milind Thakur, Mandar Khot, Yogita Arute, Sumant Shetty, Seema Arolkar, Kalpanand, Jui Bhagwat,  Amita Acharya, Jyotsna Sonavane, Ravi Rahate, Seema Hadaoo, Gayatri Bhapkar, Namrata Goradia, Ram Rokade,    Arjun Machivale, Mahesh Kadam, Rupesh Patil,  Vaibhav Thakur, Namdev Patil, Nandkumar Thorat, Jayashree Savani, Santoshkumar Patil, Parshwa Nandre,  Shailesh Gurav, Rohit Parab, Paneri Punekar, Kaustubh Kavathekar, Madhura Kulkarni, Mona Jain, Gautam Das, Sandeep Parkhi, Himanshi Rajawat, Anjali Kshirsagar, Murali Kumbhar, Yogesh Barve, Vijay Upadhye, Chaitanya Dalvi, Akshay Jadhav, Gorakh Gholap, Shrirang Badve, Rati Bhargava, Deepak B. Patil, Rahul Kirdak, Dhammapal Kirdak, Ahsan Abdul Rahim Ansari, M. Imtiyaz, Manoj Sonawane, Anil Chaugule,  Anita Hasurkar, Govind Sirsat, Nanda Pathak, Janhavii Bhide, Sohnal Saxena, Dr. Jaai Karnik,  Manisha Ogale, Varsha Sheth, Suvarna Bare, Rekha Thombare among others.

Press Release

From: 11th, 12th, 13th November 2022

"Artival Art Event 2022" 

Modern & Contemporary Art Event



Expo Centre, 1st Floor,

World Trade Centre,

Colaba, Cuffe Parade, Mumbai 400 005

Contact: 9920804573 / 9833949788

Timing: 11am to 7pm



Saturday 5 November 2022

“Sacred Chants”

 The surfaces of Ramesh Thorat's paintings are meticulously constructed of innumerable fine marks, accumulating into expansive fields, auras, and halos. The layering and build up of these repeated marks create a deep and immersive drawing surface, whose radiant bands and shapes are suggestive not only of light and its absence, but also of spatial depth and the emanation of sound, breath, and vapor. The abundant, repetitive marks also recall writing and script in addition to notions of a chant or a mantra. In his fourteenth solo exhibition, the Pune based artist presents an exceptional body of work completed over the last two years. The meticulously prepared black or white grounds impart a sensation of depth with extraordinary mastery, labor, and devotion to exploring the essence of our existence. Thorat carefully marks these surfaces with brush, cloth or roller and in a few pieces, even with coconut coil. Thorat’s canvases can neither be described as paintings nor defined as drawings. It is as if he has divested the canvas of all its painterly associations and returned it to its natural state as cloth from which an image, neither depicted nor delineated, imperceptibly emerges. The shimmering surface entices the spectator towards a veil traced in a concentrated, viscous suspension of rich pigment that dries to a uniformly flat finish with a barely perceptible incidence of randomly distributed pores. Thorat typically immerses himself in one of the larger canvases for several weeks, executing the brush in a slow dance around the canvas, which is laid on the floor, or by bending into it as if in prayer. These are not fashionable gestures toward shamanism, but part of a practical process that has evolved naturally over the years. In his earlier work the marks with which he created patterns on the canvas were composed of minute sacred symbols, repeated like a mantra. In the more recent works, symbols and forms are dissolved and light is released.

The chants in Thorat’s paintings visualizes the movement of breath as mist expanding, contracting, and shimmering as a vocalist offers invocations from different cultures and religions. On approaching the different works the breath of the spectator merges with that of the vocalist, momentarily sharing breath of different cultures. Symbols are taken from rituals and incantations from Maharashtra viz. Gondhal / Jagran, these dramatic narrations of mythological stories and folk legends are repeatedly laced into luminous surfaces, uniting the form and the image into a meditative visual experience. Each painting is built up of delicate webs of pigment on a white field. The differing patterns of markings are composed of words in loosely formed script that remain unknown to the viewer. Thorat makes each minute form so abstract that the word becomes deliberately unintelligible. Here, he brings to light the concept contained in many religious texts that creation began with word. Markings in most of the works extend out from an open center; they undulate upward and outward in all directions, expanding far beyond the limitations of the canvas. Works such as these are particularly powerful in that their dimension becomes irrelevant. In contrast, in the small work, the markings emanate from a single point.

To experience the subtle power of these pieces, one must view them at numerous distances and under different lighting. The process of viewing becomes an experience of unveiling. At each distance, further markings become visible. While some of the pieces have more easily discernible markings, the ones in which yellow lines were placed on white ground become manifestations of pure sunlight. Although these particular works show upon close examination equally minute markings, the yellow color on white makes them ethereal and diffused. While all the titles of the work in this exhibition are enigmatic, these are particularly so as in luminous darkness. As the yellow markings hover into light, it is hard to discern yellow from white. One senses that the sizes of these canvases relate specifically to the head, the upper body, and the whole body. Furthermore, some of the placements of markings within a given work also capture these proportions, adding another layer of interpretation to the viewing experience. Since Thorat sits with the works on the floor in order to create them, they retain a dimension of intimacy regardless of scale. Thorat’s oeuvre embodies a profound quest and spiritual transformation. Going toward an ever unfolding center, these works reflect the very essence of our existence as fluid and intangible, and are about the notion of presence. In his latest works, Thorat seems to create a matrix, like a tartan of experience, a temporary barrier to go toward. It is as if he worked through a whole cycle of transformation beyond the concept of death and then reached another level of existence, another dimension to penetrate. In this exhibition he does not include any direct references to that body of thought. The spiritual source for his artwork seems more inclusive. While confining himself to a precise visual vocabulary, Thorat succeeds in creating remarkable works of art with exceptionally insightful and illuminating experiences of the infinite nature of our existence.

On entering Ramesh Thorat’s studio, one saw what appeared to be a group of monochromes some black, some white, and all square installed in contrasting groups of large and small works. As one drew nearer to several of the paintings, however, one began to discern the presence of spirituality, meticulously transcribed onto the canvas in paint or pigment, where they proliferate like coral. From any distance, the work seems to illustrate perfectly the observation that abstract painting is a form of mysticism. But just as important, Thorat has produced convincing monochrome field paintings that refine and intensify post-painterly abstraction to uncanny new perceptual effect. Even more crucially, at least from the viewer’s point of view, Thorat’s paintings are unabashedly aesthetic, indeed beautiful. Under the auspices of spiritual idealism, these works become formally ideal. Like abstraction, beauty has also been thought to have mystical import, which is, regarded as a mode of transcendence and self-recovery. Thorat’s works restore spiritual feeling to abstract painting, His canvases seem to picture a perceptual epiphany, and the moment that spirit becomes manifest and one realizes that there is a center to existence and to one’s being.

Thorat’s titles make clear as well that he is in pursuit of what has traditionally been called the sublime; for his, beauty is its surface. The physical experience of approaching his paintings, then, is in effect a spiritual experience, that is, a process of initiation and revelation. From a distance they look like blank slates; as one gets closer one sees the more or less clear mandala like, peculiarly dense form embedded in their seemingly amorphous surface; and up close one discovers the intricate, excited, minute detail. The emerging center comes to represent the ritualized concentration necessary for inner illumination. Equally important, from a purely painting point of view, Thorat’s works show a patient perfectionism that seems increasingly rare today and thus all the more admirable.


- Abhijeet Gondkar


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