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: 

NIPPON 30/32, 2nd Floor, Deval Chambers,Nanabhai Lane, Flora Fountain, Fort,Mumbai – 400 001, India.#soloshow #nipponsolo #mumbaiartweekent #tusedayopen  #APPLY #sndtartcollege #santiniketan #jjschoolofart #delhiartcolleage #indianwomenartist

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

P R I Y A S R I  A R T G A L L E R Y
42 Madhuli
4th Floor
Shiv Sagar Estate
Next to Poonam Chamber
Dr Annie Besant Road
Mumbai 400018
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AQ@Priyasri-The Artist Studio
10th Floor, Ramakrishna Chambers,
Productivity Road, Alkapuri. Vadodara 390007.

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