Saturday 2 December 2023

Exploring 'Myth and its Aftermaths': A Unique Artistic Journey at Aakriti Art Gallery's Artist Residency and Bronze Sculpture Workshop

 Kolkata, India - Aakriti Art Gallery proudly announces an exclusive Artist Residency and Bronze

Sculpture Workshop, conceptualized and curated by Delhi based independent Art Historian Dr. Soujit Das, a former Assistant Professor of Government College of Art and Craft Calcutta. This creative event, centered around the theme 'Myth and its Aftermaths: An Exploration of Contemporary Sculptural

Practices,' is set to take place from the 6th to 11th of December, 2023.

The picturesque Bachhawat Estate located in Madhupur, Badu Road, Barasat, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal, India; will serve as the creative hub for this distinctive artist residency. This residency will foster creative and intellectual dialogue as established artists will come together to explore the profound interplay between myths, society, and politics in today's capricious world. The participating artists - a stellar line-up comprising Aditya Basak, Akhil Chandra Das, Atin Basak, Chaitali Chanda, Chhatrapati Dutta, Debabrata De, Jayashree Chakravarty, Mansoor Ali, Mukulendu Pathak, Shanta Samanta, Shanti Swaroopini, Subrata Biswas, Sudip Roy, and Tapas Biswas, will lead a thought-provoking discourse through their sculptural expressions.

The theme for the residency draws inspiration from Roland Barthes' seminal work 'Mythologies,' inviting artists to unravel the evolving nature of myths and their profound impact on contemporary cultural landscapes. The curator emphasizes, "Myths are not relics of the past but live on as influential cultural forces, shaping and being shaped by our complex global society." During the residency, artists will delve into the realms of appropriation and deconstruction of myths, challenging conventional narratives and revealing the hidden symbols and ideologies that shape our perceptions. The works produced will aim to dismantle established polysemous narratives, empowering viewers to question and re-evaluate the stories that shape their reality. Moreover, the exhibition aims to underscore the global nature of myths in an interconnected world dominated by technology and media. The fruits of the collective creative labour will be exhibited next year along with a publication authored by the Curator, documenting the entire process. This experience promises to be a visual and intellectual treat, offering a unique perspective on how myths continue to influence and evolve in our lives.

Aakriti Art Gallery and the participating artists will host an Open Day Session for general public, artists and Press on 10th December between 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM at the Bachhawat Estate.

For press inquiries and additional information

Please contact:
Mr Sumit Das
Gallery Assistant

Aakriti Art Gallery Kolkata
12/3a, Orbit Enclave, Picasso Bithi, Mullick Bazar, Park Street area,
Kolkata, West Bengal 700017
Phone: +91 – 79806 13424

About Aakriti Art Gallery Kolkata: Aakriti Art Gallery Kolkata is a premier platform dedicated to
showcasing modern and contemporary art, fostering creative dialogues, and promoting artistic
innovation within India's cultural landscape. Through exhibitions, residencies, and workshops, Aakriti
Art Gallery continues to champion artistic excellence and cultural exchange.

Thursday 30 November 2023

2005 Pomogrante Book

My Paintings gain life after their sale; else they lie dead in my studio.

My paintings are not showpieces. You cannot decorate your drawing room to make it look beautiful, but you can decorate your mind with it to make your body beautiful.

Most of my time is spent in traveling by local trains in Mumbai. I prefer it to any other mode of traveling. It is the institute for me. Thousands of minds brush with each other every single moment. People have their own news, views, opinions, reactions, sometimes resulting in mass appeal. I can view the emotional and practical reaction of the fellow citizens by interacting with them and I think they are all creative minds and provide lot of essence to my creation. I see a person trading in vegetables or scraps has more perfect knowledge of economics and politics of the world. He doesn't need a degree or big fat books to update his knowledge; the everyday struggle is guide for him. That's something different which you find only in local trains. It also represents mini India with its clashes and unity projected from time to time. People converse and argue as if discussing the issue in the world conference.
Variation is but natural in my paintings. Just as Heraclitus had rightly said, ‘It is not possible to step twice in the same river.’ My paintings too are most spontaneous expressions rather than well planned process so you will always find variety in the work. Every work has different appeal and presentation method, setting different moods with use of topic relevant colors, forms and style. Painting is not just passion for me; it is a part of my life. I paint when I get stimulated to do so. There are times when for days together I do not paint at all.
I gradually was introduced to Galileo, Heraclitus, Osho, Mirza Galib, Kabir, and Lao Tuz and their lives. Their philosophies have greater impact on my work and my self being. Pablo Picasso is great artist; I worked as a volunteer for one month in NGMA, Mumbai because of passion for Pablo Picasso, during his paintings exhibition, just to be close to his art work. Though his work has good impact on my life, but it does not influence my work. I cannot even follow foot step of my own work. I am going to be a part of 2008 BNHS Greenscape-2 Art Auction by Pheroza Godrej. I am also part of the group show by Harmony Art Foundation 2008 and many things more. Life is full of works!

The artist lives and works in Mumbai

2005 Pomogrante Book by Tathi Premchand


Tuesday 21 November 2023

Wednesday 15 November 2023

Friday 13 October 2023

Invitation: Do come / Save Date :14 this month.

NABHI  group of artists invites you for 'THE INNER JOURNEY' 

Nude & Erotic  artwork (chapter I)

Group Art Show.

Preview: Sat, 14 October- 6pm onwards 

Gallery Day &Time : 15 October  to 20 October, Time: 3-7pm


RSVP: + 91 9820510599 / Nippon Gallery: on

Visitors    by   Appointment   only

RVSP: Please respond before reach gallery, Email:

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Miniature Postage Stamp Masterpieces.

Book your date 20th this month @Bangalore Coming soon in new city
Be part History


To present a combination of philosophy, art, and history we bring to showcase Miniature Postage Stamp Masterpieces.
The concept of ‘Licking/Tricking not Allowed’ provides a perspective to selected artists across the globe to manifest their perceptions on the postal tickets and stick (exhibit) them on the gallery walls while proffering a message to the spectators.

Discovered the extraordinary... 👇


Monday 25 September 2023

61.8 करोड़ की पेंटिंग, मौत के 82 साल बाद बिकी इस मशहूर चित्रकार की कलाकृति, जानिए खरीदने वाले ने क्या देखा

 नई दिल्ली. दुनिया में कई नायाब और बेशकीमती चीजें हैं इनमें हीरे से लेकर पेंटिंग तक शामिल हैं. लेकिन, क्या आप अंदाजा लगा सकते हैं कि किसी पेंटिंग की क्या हो सकती है. यह सवाल इसलिए क्योंकि भारत की मशहूर चित्रकार अमृता शेरगिल की एक पेंटिंग लाखों नहीं करोड़ों में बिकी है.

अमृता शेरगिल की “द स्टोरी टेलर” पेंटिंग ग्लोबल ऑक्शन में 61.8 करोड़ रुपये में बिकी है. इसके साथ ही यह किसी भारतीय पेंटर की बिकने वाली सबसे महंगी कलाकृति बन गई है. शेरगिल की 1937 की कलाकृति “द स्टोरी टेलर” यहां शनिवार को सैफ्रन आर्ट के ‘इवनिंग सेल: मॉडर्न आर्ट’ में हुई नीलामी में बेची गई.

क्यों खास है यह पेंटिंग?
भारतीय चित्रकार अमृता शेरगिल को 20वीं सदी की शुरुआत के सबसे महान चित्रकारों में से एक माना जाता है. अमृता शेरगिल से पहले किसी भारतीय चित्रकार की नीलामी में बिकी सबसे महंगी पेंटिंग एसएच रज़ा की ’गेस्टेशन’ थी, जिसकी कीमत ₹51.75 करोड़ रुपये थी. अमृता की ‘द स्टोरी टेलर’ को ऑयल-ऑन-कैनवास मास्टरपीस माना जाता है. इसमें कैनवस पर ऑयल पेंट्स का इस्तेमाल हुआ है. पेंटिंग में एक गांव का परिदृश्य है. जिसमें कुछ महिलाएं बैठी हैं.

अमृता शेरगिल 

इस नीलामी में एम. एफ. हुसैन, वी.सी. गायतोंडे, जैमिनी रॉय और एफएस सूजा समेत विभिन्न कलाकारों की 70 से अधिक पेंटिंग्स पेश की गईं. पिछले महीने रजा की 1989 की कलाकृति “गेस्टेशन” मुंबई में स्थित नीलामी घर पुंडोले ने 51.75 करोड़ रुपये में बेची थी, जो नीलामी में बेची गई अब तक की सबसे महंगी भारतीय कलाकृति बनी थी.

कौन थीं अमृता शेरगिल
सैफ्रन आर्ट के सीईओ और सह-संस्थापक दिनेश वजीरानी ने कहा, “हमें इस सितंबर में नई दिल्ली में हमारी ईवनिंग सेल के कई कलाकारों के रिकॉर्ड स्थापित करने की खुशी है. सबसे महत्वपूर्ण बात यह है कि अमृता शेरगिल की ‘द स्टोरी टेलर’ को मिली रिकॉर्ड कीमत भारतीय कला बाजार में एक महत्वपूर्ण मील का पत्थर है.”

बता दें कि अमृता शेरगिल को इस दुनिया को छोड़े 80 साल से ज्यादा हो गए हैं. लंबी बीमारी के बाद 1941 में लाहौर में उनका निधन हो गया था. हैरानी की बात है कि जिस वक्त उन्होंने इस दुनिया को छोड़ा उनकी उम्र महज 28 साल थी.

भारतीय चित्रकार अमृता शेरगिल को 20वीं सदी की शुरुआत के सबसे महान चित्रकारों में से एक माना जाता है. उनकी “द स्टोरी टेलर” पेंटिंग ग्लोबल ऑक्शन में 61.8 करोड़ रुपये में बिकी है.


Thursday 14 September 2023

Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai 10.09.2023 - 07.01.2024

Darmstadt, 13.09.2023: Since Sunday, 10.09.2023, the Kunsthalle Darmstadt is presenting the exhibition Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai. Until 07.01.2024, the relationship between humans and animals is the focus of a presentation in which are participating 35 artists from North and South America, India, Pakistan and Europe. 

Symbols of Migrations Installation by Smita Kinkale 

While the devastating exploitation of Planet Earth seems to be proceeding inexorably, many species of animals are threatened with extinction and entire ecosystems are disappearing, animals are more visible than ever in contemporary art. What is the basis for this newly-awakened study of animals? How is it different than earlier manifestations? Raising questions of this sort, Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai investigates our relationship to animals in all its contradictions and asks what role art plays therein.

Recent painting by Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar 
Ratnadeep Adivrekar’s works deals with ancient Indian philosophical belief that a part of the whole ‘Brahmanasi’ resides in all living things, which forms the ‘atman’ hence many animals are venerated and dense with symbolism

Offering a broad, geographically wide-ranging selection of artistic positions, the exhibition shows how diverse the approaches to this theme can be. An examination of the field during our preparations for this exhibition showed that certain approaches and preferences repeat themselves among the artists. The course through the exhibition was divided into four chapters in accordance with several clearly recognizable, major orientations in art involving animals; the sections appear in succession and conform to a dramaturgy of sorts. After the focus of the initial topic Open Drawers is on taxonomical classification such as is outstripped by fantasy (Horst Haack) or pursued to the point of mockery (Mark Dion), voices are raised under Profit, Profit, Profit in protest against the subjection of animals in adherence to the laws of the market economy. Following after this critical realism is the optimistic pragmatism of those who, in an exemplary manner, engage in Overcoming Borders Between Species. The final chapter is entitled Living Images and offers philosophical fare: dream, consciousness, artificial intelligence, mimesis, language.

Artists and Collectives in the Exibition 

Ratnadeep Gopal Adivrekar (India) Mia Bencun (Nigeria, Germany) Rolf Bier (Germany) Ali Cherri (Lebanon, France) Mark Dion (USA) Katja Eckert (Germany) Franca Franz (Germany) Gerrit Frohne-Brinkmann (Germany) Andreas Greiner (Germany) Horst Haack (Germany, France) Thomas Hawranke & Lasse Scherffig (Germany) Hörner & Antlfinger, CMUK (Germany) Katharina Immekus (Germany) Sanna Kannisto (Finland) Smita N. Kinkale (India) Lisa Korpos (USA) Basir Mahmood (Pakistan, The Netherlands) NEOZOON (Germany, France) Olly Williams & Suzi Winstanley (United Kingdom) Michael Pendry (Germany, United Kingdom) Arnulf Rainer (Austria) Stephan Reusse (Germany) Harold Rubio (Puerto Rico) Muzzumil Ruheel (Pakistan) Thomas Sturm (Austria,Germany) Miriam Tag (Germany) Diana Thater (USA) Federico Uribe (Columbia, USA) Rajesh P. Wankhade (India)

With support from Kulturfonds Rhein-Main Sparkasse Darmstadt Sparkasse Hessen-Thüringen Entega Stiftung Collaborative Partners HIMS Academy Zoo Vivarium Darmstadt Alte Fasanerie Hanau Darmstädter Textwerkstatt Ehrenamt für Darmstadt Schuldruckzentrum Darmstadt 

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The exhibition Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai at a glance.

Responsible for the contents, planning and realization of the exhibition: Dr. León Krempel, Director of the Kunsthalle Darmstadt, curator in collaboration with Ismail Mukadam, Kurator, HIMS Academy Title and Duration: Animalia. Forays from Los Angeles to Mumbai 10.09.2023 - 07.01.2024

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Affordable September Art Mela 16th September – 21st October 2023


With the festive season setting in, Aakriti Art Gallery is hosting the 11th edition of the ‘Affordable September Art Mela’ in Kolkata. After completing tenth successful editions of the fair at Kolkata, we look forward to offering this special opportunity to our patrons. We at Aakriti Art Gallery constantly strive to make art more accessible to all. ‘Affordable Art Mela’ hopes to bring art into the lives of people who harbour a passion and love for it. The gallery will be showcasing the works of over a hundred artists with more than a thousand art works within the range of 2000 to 3,00,000 INR. This is a one-of–a-kind occasion for art enthusiasts to collect original pieces of art at the best prices. The pursuit of owning great works of art should not be limited to a few. The pleasure of living with and savouring great works of art is incomparable to merely looking at them in galleries.


The Mela would feature paintings, sculptures and art prints by renowned artists as well as fresh talents in the industry. The gallery is putting together works by Abhijit Gupta, Achuthan Kuddalur, Adip Dutta, Aditya Basak, Akbar Padamsee, Akhil Chandra Das, Akhilesh, Alik Das, Alok Bal, Alok kumar Bhattacharya, Amalnath Chakladar, Amit Chakraborty, Amitava Dhar, Amlan Dutta, Anasuya Chakraborty, Anil Tekam, Anindya Roy, Anita Roy Chowdhury, Anshuman Dasgupta, Arindam Chatterjee, Arpita Singh, Arun kumar Majumdar, Arunangshu Roy, Arup Das, Ashok Bhowmik, Ashoke Roy, Asim Goswami, Asim Basu, Asit Mondal, Atanu Bhattacharya, Atin Basak, Avadhesh Yadav, Babu Xavier, Banasree Khan, Banatanwi Das Mahapatra, Barun Chowdhury, Bhajju Shyam, Bhaskar Mukherjee, Bibekananda Mukherjee, Bibhuti Chakraborty, Bijan Chowdhury, Bimal Kundu, Biraj kumar Paul, Birendra Pani, Biswajit Saha, Biswapati Maiti, B. R. Panesar, Chaitali Dey, Chaitali Chanda, Chameli Ramachandran, Chandan Bhandari, Chandra Bhattacharjee, Chandrakanta Nayak, Chhatrapati  Dutta, Chayan Roy, Debabrata Chakraborty, Debabrata Dey, Debajyoti Dhara, Debanjan Roy, Debasis Chakraborty, Debasis Barui, Debotosh Kar, Debraj Goswami, Dharamnarayan Dasgupta, Dhiren Shasmal, Dibyendu Basu, Dipak Banerjee, Dipak Kundu, Dipali Bhattacharya, Dipti Chakraborty, Diptish Ghosh Dastidar, F Tarannum, G. C. Chakraborty, Gautam Paul, Gita Maity, Gobardhan Ash, Gopal Ghose, Gopinath Roy, Hiran Mitra, Indira Puri Mistry, Indrapramit Roy, Ira Roy,  Irish Hudson Ghosh, J.M.S. Mani, Jahar Dasgupta, Jamini Roy, Jaya Ganguly, Jayanta Roy, Jayashree Chakravarty, Jiten Shukla, Jogen Chowdhury, Jyotirmoy Dalapati, K. Muralidharan, K. G. Subramanyan, Kanchan Dasgupta, Kartick Chand Pyne, Krishna Sardar, Laxman Aelay, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Laxmi Narayan Panchori, M. B. Ingle, Madhubanti, Mahinder Soni, Mahula Ghosh, Malay Chandan Saha, Manashi Mitra, Manik Talukdar, Manoj Dutta, Manoj Mitra, M. F. Husain, Mithun Dasgupta, Mona Ghosh, Mukul Dey, Nabanita Dutta Guha, Nantu Behari Das, Nikhileshwar Baruah, Nirban Ash, Nitya Kundu, P. R. Narvekar, Palash Bhaduri, Pankaj Panwar, Pannekunwar, Parag Roy, Partha Dasgupta, Partha Bhattacharya, Partha Pratim  Deb, Paula Sengupta, Pradosh Paul, Prasun Ghosh, Peter Daglish, Pinaki Barua, Piyali Sadhukhan, Pradip Mondal,  Pradip Rakshit, Pradip Maitra,   Prasanta Sahu, Priyanka Lahiri, Prasenjit Sengupta, Prokash Karmakar, Rabin Mondal, Radha Tekam, Rajarshi Biswas, Rajat Sen, Rajen Mondal, Rajesh Deb, Ramesh Tekam, Ramkinkar Baij, Ramkumar, Ramlal Dhar, Ritendra Roy, Sadhan Chakraborty, Sagar Bhowmick, Samindranath Majumdar, Samir Aich, Sanat Kar, Sanchayan Ghosh, Sanchita Sengupta, Sandip Daptari, Sanjay kumar Das, Sankha Banerjee, Santanu Bhattacharya, Saptarshi Das, Sarreshwari, Sekhar Baran Karmakar, Sekhar Kar, Sekhar Roy, Shankar Ghosh, Shipra Bhattacharjee,Shuvaprasanna, Shyam Kanu Barthakur, Sisir Tikadar, Somit Mukherjee, Snehasish Maity, Somnath Hore, Soumen Khamrui, Soumik Chakraborty, Soumitra Kar Sourav Jana, Srikanta Paul, Subhendu Porel, Subhanil Roy, Subrata Paul, Subrata Biswas (sculptor), Subrata Sen, Subrata Chowdhury, Subrata Biswas, Suchibrata Deb, Sudip Roy, Suhas Roy, Sujit Kumar Karan, Suman Roy, Suman Kumar Pal, Sumana Ghosh, Sunil De, Sunil Das, Sunil Kumar Das, Supam Adhikary, Swapan Kumar Mallick, Swapan Kumar Saha, Swapan Kumar Das, Swapnesh Chowdhury, Sweta Chandra, Tapan Ghosh, Tapan Mitra, Tapas Biswas, Tapas Konar, Tapas Sarkar, Tapas Shankar Basu, Tarun Dey, Tathi Premchand, Timir Brahma, Tusar Kanti Pradhan, Uma Siddhanta, Wasim R Kapoor, Yogendra Tripathi   and many more artists. The wide collection of works will showcase multiple art techniques like gouache, tempera, acrylic on canvas, charcoal drawings, etching, drawings on digital prints, bronze, ceramic across various styles and genres.


The business hours run from11 am to 7pm, Mondays to Saturdays.

To browse the exhibition from the comfort of your home, please visit the Affordable Art section



Aakriti Art Gallery

Orbit Enclave, 1st Floor

12/3A, Hungerford Street

Kolkata – 700 017

Phone: 91 33 22893027/5041

Mobile: +91 9830411116



Monday 28 August 2023

Red Sky Blue Earth

Priya Suneel graduated from the University of Madras, attaining a Degree in Fine Arts with Distinction and the Government of India Merit Scholarship. Priya has been exhibiting her work since 1982. She has shown with the Society of Women Artists in their annual exhibition at the Mall Galleries in Trafalgar Square. Her work was shown as part of the Patchings Festival winners display Exhibition at Nottinghamshire and with the Society of Nigerian Artists at their annual exhibitions in Nigeria. Her practice incorporates painting, mixed media, and drawing with inroads into three dimensional works and is infused with the world cultures of London, India, Nepal and Nigeria where she has lived and worked.

Artist: Priya Suneel

Priya says that one of the reasons she makes collages is because the process reinvigorates or redirects her painting process. She studies the structure, palettes or the colors in the architecture, landscape, interior or the clothing and flesh of the model before her eyes, and searches for ways to depict them through placement of shaped bits. She captures the essences of these palettes by generating color fields or sensations entirely through juxtaposition of textile fabric, acrylic skins, paper or found objects. These collages are masterful displays of the cumulative effects of color. Priya focuses on the play of light and shadow across bare flesh, the ways in which skin tones are constructed, and the way volumes and planes come into being entirely through juxtaposition of colors. As the viewer takes in the work a sort of subliminal blending takes place because each bit of the textured material remains physically autonomous on the actual surface of the artwork, but we experience a flowing interrelationship of parts because of Priya’s profound understanding of color. Neighboring snippets of the found objects blend to form a unified field of color when the collage is seen from a distance or through squinting eyes.

In The Emergence, Priya creates bust of papier-mâché, wire and textile the artist describes shadowy concavities, fleshy highlights on rounded face, bone and muscle structure, suggestively the lovely tan and olive subtleties of flesh tones, with tiny, straight edged, triangular and rectangular snippets of fabric. The manner of the collages is meticulously self-effacing, allowing shifts in value and color to overshadow materials and process. Indeed, color is her true gift. Sophisticated modulations of closely valued tones make for rich and spacious pictures. In Tulips in a Pitcher, Priya offsets and enlivens a virtually monochromatic image with a range of yellows, greens, pinks and blues. It is, in its own quiet way, a bravura performance.

In the collages of landscapes such as Red Fox and Townhouse Chelsea, the sides and roofs of houses, the horizon line, the foreground and background, the earthbound natural and inorganic structures, and the deep space of sky, are flattened out. Priya does not flatten out three dimensional forms and present a surround view of them in a systematic way. Everything doesn’t add up. She chooses graphically striking indicators of particular objects and rhythmically locks them together, without relinquishing the sense of place portraying light and atmosphere. These collages explore the primary formal strengths of color. Depending on the tone, light and shadow are richly depicted; light wending its way through a landscape or still life. The collage elements play dual roles. They are formal elements in a strong flat array of balanced colors, and they also suggest three dimensionality. In the background planes, walls, or earth and sky are broken up into interlocking pieces, which push elements forward, the human figure, the house, still life objects. The tactile process entailed in this vacillation of compositional elements energizes these surfaces.

'Tulips in a Pitcher', mixed media collage on canvas, 44x54cms, Priya Suneel

In Street in Jodhpur the collage elements are centered, surrounded by blank space that also punctures the cluster of shapes. Certainly the individual parts add up to a particular place, but they are not as tightly interlocked or grounded in space. These free floating descriptive signs make us see a scooter, fence, trees, but they gently coalesce and resist being tightly interlocked, simultaneously. These shapes when combined with smaller shapes within the original large shape become distinct shapes. So you may have a shape that may be partly in the prominent and partly in the supporting. There is often one prominent shape in the composition that the eye goes to first and then travels on from there. You want to find a shape in the house, but not the whole house, and a shape in the tree, but not the whole tree, that together forms a larger more complex shape that the viewer sees first, before they see the house and tree. After that, more slowly, they will see this shape within the larger shape is part of a house and this is part of a tree. You are making the viewer read the painting, slowing down their looking.

The Biomes, Eden Project, Cornwall, one of the fascinating works in the exhibition, is a perfect example of the ways in which Priya can create complex color sensations using a minimal amount of colored pieces of paper that have been carefully cut in order to maintain the visual flow of the figure. The shadows and highlights and voluptuous folds in the structure are depicted with grey, brown and liver colored bits of paper. In fact the work was created live, au plein aire, during the televised recording of "Landscape Artist of the Year 2022" and was telecast nationally on Sky Arts (Sky TV Network). Priya was one of the privileged artists selected to participate as pod artist in the national telecast programme. Priya gets into the expressive essence of complex tonal ranges and under painting as she reconstructs the emotional content of the shapes and colors. Her path as an artist has been characterized by strikingly fresh work noted for its clarity and sensitivity thus defining Red Sky Blue Earth.


Abhijeet Gondkar

(Abhijeet Gondkar is an independent writer and curator based in Mumbai)


Priya Suneel

Red Sky Blue Earth

Mixed-Meadia Collages, 28th August to 3rd September 2023

Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai – 400 001, Between 11 am and 7 pm daily


Saturday 26 August 2023

"Chitra-Reshha" exhibition by Shieital Sonawane - Ugale Artist Architect at Jehangir Art gallery

रंगविलेल्या आकारांतून साधलेली कलाकृती म्हणजे चित्र, अशी चित्राची सर्वसामान्य व्याख्या करता येते. रंगविण्याच्या प्रक्रियेतच चित्र घडले जाते. इंग्रजीतील ‘पेंटीग’ या शब्दाचा अर्थ ‘रंगविण्याच्या क्रिये’पुरताच मर्यादित आहे; पण चित्रकलेच्या क्षेत्रात लेपनाची क्रिया, रंग-कुंचला- भावगर्भ आकृती प्रत्यक्ष शारीर रूप म्हणजे चित्रकृती. कधी ते बहुतांश वस्तुनिष्ठ असते, तर कधी वस्तुनिरपेक्ष अप्रतिरूप आकारातून उदित होते. 

साधनांची गुणवत्ता, कलावंताच्या भावजाणिवांचे चित्राकृतीतील प्रतिबिंब इ. सर्व सर्जनप्रक्रियांचा अंतर्भाव ‘पेंटीग’ या संज्ञेमध्ये होतो. चित्राकृतीचा अनुभव घेण्यास काही काळ हा लागतोच., चित्राकृतीचा अनुभव अवकाशसिद्ध आणि कालानुवर्ती असतो. म्हणजे हा अनुभव घेण्यास काही काळ हा लागतोच. परिणती होऊन समतोलन होते. चित्र आणि चित्रकार या बाबतीत मी खुप संवेदनशील विचार करते. कला कलेची आस्था त्यात सृजन शोधणं म्हणून माझं क्युरेटर हे आवडतं काम आहे. 

आर्किटेक्ट, चित्रकार शीतल सोनवणे- उगले  राहणार नाशिक. गेल्या वर्षभरापासुन. तिच्याशी तिच्या चित्रा बदल आणि तिच्या बदल चर्चा करत आहे. मी एखाद्याला एक व्यक्ती म्हणून खुप तटस्थ पणे पाहते. कोणतीही परिस्थिती ती उत्तम हाताळू शकते.ती तीचे विचारातुन आलेली कलाकृती ह्या तात्रिकं दृष्ट्या कमी जरी असेल तर तो सरावाचा भाग आहे. पण विचाराने आणि तिच्या व्यक्तीषा वागण्याने निर्णय घेण्याने, वेळ देण्याने ही चित्र तीच्या सारखी आहेत. चित्र सृजनात्मक होताना ती कॅनव्हास पुढे विचाराने एकदम नागंडी आहे. आणि तिच्या वृत्ती अतिशय अचुक पणे मांडते. या पुर्ण प्रक्रीयेत मी तीला अनेकदां गोंधळात करू पाहीले, काही नाही तर अनेक विचार व चित्र मी नाकारली, अनेकदा विचारांची देवाण घेवाण केली. ह्यात ती मला ठाम वाटली.

अनेकदा तात्विक वाद झाले. पण तीला मी सुचवलेले बदल स्विकारणे, ऐकणे,समजुन घेणे ही गोष्ट माणसाला उत्कृष्ट करते. खर्या कलाकारा मध्ये माणुसकी असणे माझ्या दृष्टीकोनतुन खुप महत्वाचे आहे. त्यामुळे मी तिच्या चित्राचा स्विकार केला,विचाराचा स्विकार केला आणि आनंद होता कि मनापासून ती तीचे विचार चित्रातून  स्पष्टपणे मांडते . तिच्या कलाकृतींमध्ये कविता मध्ये स्त्रियांचे भावविश्व प्रतिबिंबित होते. प्रत्येक पेंटिंगचा आधार ठळक  रंगांचे मिश्रण आहेत जे तपशीलात प्रवाही तंत्र तिच्या मधील प्रतिमेत आयुष्यातील घटकांचा उबदारपणा  समृद्धपणा त्याचबरोबर असणारी उर्जा स्व :चा शोध शांतता याचे योग्य संतुलन दिसते. 

जी पेंटिंगमधून प्रवाही आणि अखंडपणे वाहते. तीचे चित्र बघतान तीच्यातलं कणखरपणा प्रखर खुबीने ती व्यक्त करते. स्वताला चित्रातून माडंताना स्वीकारताना ते फिगर मध्ये उमटतात. तीनं परिश्रमाने स्वताची शैली निर्माण केली आहे. कलेचे वैशिष्ट्य म्हणजे विकसीत करत, त्या कलेत एकरूप होणे तीला सहज जमते. प्रत्येकांच्या जीवनात लपलेले असे ओझे चढ उतार सामाजिक भाव बंधनाचा परिघ असतो. जो प्रत्येकाचा एक सखोल प्रवास असतो ज्यात बुद्धी मन शरीरा नुसार जरी आपण प्रतिमा आणि त्याच्या भावनिक छटा रेखाटताना ज्ञान, ध्येय, मर्यादा याचा समतोल साधत समर्पण असते .जिथे सातत्याने स्व चा ही शोध आपलं अस्तित्व शांतता शोधत असते

शिव शक्तीचा अशं म्हणजे आपली उर्जा याचां सतत शोध सुरू असतो .

ह्यात प्रामुख्याने आपण वेचतचं वेगवेगळे टप्पे गाठतो भुतकाळ आणि भविष्य या पेक्षा वर्तमान शी साधर्म्य साधणारी स्त्री सक्षम क्षमता राखुन शोध घेताना, तीला ब्ररशचा सुरेख वापर कॅनव्हास करताना पाहणं आणि ब्रश स्ट्रोक, आणि तीव्र  रंगांचा वापर जे अभिव्यक्तीवादाच्या शैलीचे प्रतीक आहे. रंगयुक्त आकार हे चौकटीत ज्या रीतिपद्धतीने क्षेत्र व्यापतात, परस्परांशी आणि चौकटीशी नाते जोडतात, त्यावरून त्यांचे गुणमूल्य आणि भावगर्भता ठरते. उदा., चित्रित मनुष्याकृतीचा चेहराच चौकटीत दिसावा इतकी ती मोठी आहे, की पूर्णाकृती दिसावी इतकी मोठी, की चौकटीत हरवून गेल्यासारखी वाटावी इतकी लहान आहे; तिची मांडणी  आकारांची व्याप्ती व अव्याप्ती सापेक्ष असते. चौकटीत भरलेल्या व्याप्त आकारांच्या तुलनेने उरलेले क्षेत्र अव्याप्त वाटते इतकेच. प्रत्यक्षात मात्र अव्याप्त क्षेत्रालाही काहीएक आकार अव्याप्त क्षेत्र  भावनांवर भर देते कलेची सूत्र चित्रकलेतील भावाविष्काराच्या आकलनात अत्यंत उपकारक ठरली आहे. विविध रंगभाव, रंगभार आणि रंगविस्तार एकमेकांवर संस्कार करीत प्रकट होतात. वर्णयुक्त रंग विशुद्ध असल्याने रंगभाव तीव्र उत्कट असतो. तांबडा⟶ तांबडानारिंगी ⟶ नारिंगी ⟶ नारिंगी पांढरा⟶ पांढरा असे भारतीय रंग श्रेणी पेंटींग मध्ये दिसतात.अभिव्यक्तीवाद कलाकाराच्या भावनांचे मनुष्याकृती विषय पुरक चित्रण मिळवण्याचा प्रयत्न करतो. अभिव्यक्तीवादक, यांनी अगदी बरोबर निदर्शनास आणून दिले की अभिव्यक्तीवादामध्ये "अगम्य कल्पना स्वतःला न समजण्याजोग्या स्वरूपात व्यक्त करतात" पेंटिंग्ज आणि ते "अगम्य आणि न समजण्याजोगे" यांना जोडतात. खरं तर, अभिव्यक्तीवाद नेमके तेच करतो, तो कलाकाराला न समजण्याजोग्या स्वरूपात व्यक्त होण्यास मदत करतो ज्याद्वारे तो कलाकृतीचे सार सांगणाऱ्या कलाकाराच्या जगात दर्शकांना पोर्टल करतो. शरीरानुसार मन आणि बुद्धी भिन्न असते, परंतु आत्मा एकच राहतो. ते परम चैतन्य आहे. शक्ती आणि शिव यांचे त्यांच्या अंतिम वास्तव. अस्तित्व हे असीम व्यक्तीशी असलेले व्यक्तीचे नाते म्हणून परिभाषित केले जाऊ शकते.

कलाकृतींमध्ये अभिव्यक्तीवादी शैली आत्मसात करून आशा, उत्साह, एकांत, शांततेची मर्यादा आणि यासारख्या गोष्टी व्यक्त होते. - Text by Heena Sk 

Artist: Shieital sonawane

Step into the enchanting world of self-realization through Chitra Reshha. 

Since few years, I've been exploring the world of architecture and art, but now I'm taking a bold leap into the realm of poetry and painting with my  “Chitra-Reshha” series. I want you to imagine a captivating fusion of heartfelt verses and mesmerizing paintings, all woven together to take you on a profound journey of self-realization.  “Chitra-Reshha” is all about celebrating the journey of women, exploring our triumphs, struggles, and everything in between.With my background in architecture, I bring a unique perspective to my artworks, infusing them with an eye-catching blend of form and emotion.“Chitra-Reshha” is a true expression of my soul, embracing the raw beauty of vulnerability and self-discovery. And this journey is keeping my emotions in motion

Artist statement : 

My journey as an artist started when I was young child and did not know how to express my feelings. Can fear be expressed? If so then how? In childhood I still remember I chose to express fear in the form of monster. Yes, ‘a monster’ and through this as an innocent child, I told my parents, “if they don’t listen to me”, then he will harm them. This is what I heard of monster in the school. With time things changed and I started taking more interest in drawing. I remember of my drawing being selected and sent to Mauritius for the exhibition. Later, when I was in 8th standard, I won the ‘Bal Kala Ratna Puraskar’. Since then I have been expressing my thoughts in my works. I graduated as an architect but my experiments also have grown with colours and arts over the years. This has always helped me in my profession as an architect also.

 Shietal Sonavane and jackie Shorff at jehangir  art gallery

After completing degree in architecture B.Arch and years of practice in India; her destiny took her to America. Being born in India, a rich cultural heritage had provided her with tremendous inspiration towards painting art. 

During 2014-2016 Shital has explored her two  series of paintings named “Legacy of India” and  "Narayani Bhaava" a female emotion at America. Her motive was to give audience a chance to learn, respond and feel comfortable with self emotions which are deep in everyone's soul. 

Staying in America and understanding all the situations and needs between us and them, Shital felt to initiate her knowledge of art and architecture that is She can do the unification of "Art of Emotion and Heart of Technics" for development of children of our country. So somehow somewhere we can fill the gap of educational upbringing differences between west and us.

Shital’s  dream made her to start an Art centre 

"a creative kuteer" in 2016 where children explore creative ideas. Children being provided an outlet for their emotions through colors,mud,canvases etc. They confidently throw their thoughts to the world and give them knowledge of universe to open up their eternal range living experience.Since last 3 years Shital has trained more than 500 children for creative vision.

Shital is successfully working in interior and architecture projects at her associate office in Banglore “design centre” to bring society close to heritage,art and culture through conceptual designs and execution. 

Shital,as a creative leader and columnist is expressing her thoughts on “Kala,Culture and Mind” at Lokmat Times every week. 

A true champion of women empowerment who has been recognised with out-of-box concepts and creative executions,Shital has often cited as an example of hard work and knowledge

Show Modarator by Heen SK and Artist Shieital Sonawane _ JAG -Kala Ghoda

"Chitra-Reshha"  exhibition by Shieital Sonawane - Ugale Artist Architect

Date: 21st August to 27th 2023

Time: 11am to 7pm

•Modarator by Heena SK 

• Instagram: @chitrareshha 

Jehangir Art gallery, 161B, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Kala Ghoda, Fort, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India.

Friday 25 August 2023

Holding the Flow, letting it go...

Nivas Kanhere's works are characterised by the forces of acceptance and negation. Yet, the acceptance is not prima facie. Indeed, the more colourful works were done mostly during the extended pandemic period, as if in an attempt to disprove the doom. These works propose an ode to the vibrancy of (once-) lived surroundings. As the city regained its radiance, Kanhere  reclused to the blues and greys. The expanses of unlived spaces made their presence felt in his works. Can this be called escapist? Is abstraction an escape from the real?

Untitled  Oil on Linen   30'' x 40'‘

'No' is the obvious answer, as binaries of real- unreal are ineffective and the two realms often coexist in all creative ventures. Though loosely concerned with his surroundings, Kanhere seems to be more attached to the paints and canvases in his studio. The hues of blue and grey led him to explore what we might call the depths. Decelerated roller strokes formed sedate squares that encased oceans. The changes in artist's body-rhythm can be deciphered in other works, too.

From brisk actions of palette-knife that often form triangular shapes, to the expansive movements of a roller; from a play of paint that engenders myriad hues to an ascetism that keeps layers of paint visible, Kanhere gels the technical possibilities with his quest for exploration of space.

The space turns lived experiences to dream sequences, and informs the unreal expanses with real-life situations. Perhaps one of the earliest childhood memories for Nivas Kanhere, has been that of this play between the finite and infinite, the tangible and intangible. As a seven-year old, he would sit for hours beside a village stream, dip his tiny hands into its flow and took a deep look at the handful of a stream. Sometimes the stream within his hands came with extra dash of life- a small fish. Soon after that deep look, the artist-child would place hands in the flow again, while the water in hands started its voyage to faraway places, the hand had another water to look at. The child held the flow, and let it go.


 Untitled, Oil on Linen, 60'' x 120'‘

Nivas Kanhere still does that, with his paints and canvases.


-- Abhijeet Tamhane,

Mumbai, August 2023.