Friday 31 March 2023

CONFLUENCE” An Exhibition of Paintings By Well-known artists Vishnu N. Sonavane & Jyotsna V. Sonavane



When we engage in the arts, we dip into our souls to discover deep pools of wonder, breath-taking gifts of beauty, and quiet revelation. As we create, we are invited into playfulness, poignancy, and surprise-energies that renew us and revitalise our sense of purpose.

Overlapping geometric floating planes have always been my preoccupation. After establishing my signature style-rhythmic waves of floating figures and forms merging into one another in a harmonic symphony, I felt an urge to explore a new vocabulary. As such, change, transition and revisiting one's core are an indispensable part of an artist's journey and also integral to my artistic endeavour. 

Through my recent suit of works I seek to explore the realms of mythology, folklore, innocence and the vibrancy in beauty that are present all around us. These ephemeral images engage the viewer in a silent discourse into the dimension of transcendent reality. The past, present and future emerge as a flux of transitory shapes caught in overlapping layers of experience.

Rich tapestry of symbolic forms have been weaved in these paintings. Shri Dattatreya, the Indian god with three heads. appear as the central figure in my works. However, rather than exploring his divine aspect I focus on representing the god as the transient quality of human mind, the tender, the preserving and tough. Similarly, cows and birds are the constant recurring motifs in my works. Cows, indicate the creative and nurturing aspect of nature, whereas birds indicate the fleeting quality of the human mind. 

In a mix of figurative and abstract renderings, my paintings project delightful dramas with undertones a sublime ambience. I carefully create layers to build astonishing tones and textures that give these works a peculiar radiance. I employ a palette dominated by the blue of the mountain sky, ochre and crimson complemented by the muted shades of the midnight grey, the spring green and the muddy brown and highlight them with sharp, percussive strokes of mellow, placid hues.

In total, these images create multi-layered crystalline narratives that present luminous tales, mesmerise the viewer, touch their hearts and stir their souls.  


As an artist, my best work comes from the deepest place inside of me which fulfils the need to create. Painting thus becomes an inward journey for outward expressions I have always considered painting as a discrete language, not of words but of perception, feelings and beliefs. My paintings are impressions of the internal aspects of my life. These images of internal struggles of life. In essence, I am finding myself.

Living in an artistic family. I was exposed to art conversations every day. However, it was only until a few years ago that I developed the courage to express my thoughts, dreams, memories and aspirations through art. Art has the power to heal and transform. When I discovered just that, I knew I had to dedicate my life to making others feel "something" when in the presence of my art.

I like to work with the abstract language of lines and colours because the compositions continuously evolve and acquire new meaning as time passes and the perspective of the viewer changes. My inspiration comes from the colours and forms found in nature. I employ a variety of self-discovered techniques to create abstract paintings that mimic things we see in nature like stone, petrified wood, flowing rain water. My work is alive with emotion through the movement of the brushwork and the luscious layered colours. Much like memories, each painting is filled with layer upon layer of paint, building a rich history into each piece.

Being a self-taught artist, I devote a lot of time on observing, perfecting my skill with practice and continuous learning. I create through intuitive responses while engaged with the work. The process is completely organic and spontaneous. However, irrespective of what I feel at the time of painting, my constant pursuit is that the viewer experiences sheer delight in the presence of my works.

Sometimes, a rainbow of colours emerges from the onyx, whereas at times, an epoch passes by in the golden light and every time, hope wins over despair, I am aspired to start all over again. Where words and ideas end, my creative process begins, my internal landscape comes forward, I work intuitively, drawing from this vast boundless space from inside as well as outside.

Press Release

From:4th to 10th April 2023


An Exhibition of Paintings


Well-known artists 

Vishnu N.  Sonavane & Jyotsna V. Sonavane



Jehangir Art Gallery

Auditorium Hall,

161-B, M.G. Road,

Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001

Timing: 11am to 7pm.

Contact: +91 86918 50376


‘VISCERAL REALMS’Solo Show of Paintings By Well-known artist Hina Bhatt

This show will be inaugurated on 4th April 2023 at 5pm by Chief Guest Mr. Ashish Shanker(Managing Director & CEO - Motilal Oswal Private Wealth), With Blessings from Shri. Sumant Shukla in the presence of Special Guests Prof. Anant Nikam(Eminent Artist), Prof. Vishwanath Sabale(Dean-Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai), Shri. Prakash Ghadge(Eminent Artist), Shri. Milind Mulick(Eminent Artist)

Artist Hina Bhatt

Stupendous Visceral Realms Exhibition Opens at Nehru Centre Art Gallery “Man expresses himself through art,” said Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941); nature is beautiful, but Tagore expounds that “beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love.” And it is this love that draws artist and viewer alike to HinaBhatt’s work. The tangible painting is the manifestation of this interactive experience.Bhatt’s solo exhibition, Visceral Realms is inspired by trees, and her renditions are distinctive because they are so visceral. The visceral realms are where Bhatt lives artistically and what she expresses through brush and paint on canvas.

The exhibition features a collection of oil paintings on canvas, as well as some of Bhatt’s pen drawings. Nature, the common theme, ties the variant together. This may seem a simple theme at first glance, but there is deeper research, deeper dissection of both modes, by the artist. The drawings appear to interrogate the roots—the strength—of the trees. Bhatt’s art is perhaps a quest to understand the metaphysics of these roots. Her pen drawings could be viewed as her self-portraits, in which she attempts to understand her internal roots and how they connect her to the universe. 

This exhibition is curated by Vilas Tonape, a U.S.-based Indian artist who is a professor at Methodist University. He knows the high quality of the art being presented. “Bhatt’s works resonate because of her sincere studio practice, and it is unequivocally her deepest interrogation of nature and trees that manifests on canvas,” states Tonape. Bhatt is astute and deeply philosophical, and her excellence is backed by a sound formal education—a diploma in Textile Designing from Mumbai’s well-known Nirmala Niketan, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Stella Maris College of Fine Arts, Chennai.

Bhatt currently resides in Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The influence of the city’s richness is apparent in Bhatt and her affinity for culture, which permeates her art. Bhatt’s work has been recognized and celebrated in many important exhibitions throughout India, Dubai, Bangladesh, and Nepal. 

The exhibition is free and open to public. Gallery visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily from April 5-10, 2023. A formal reception will be held the evening of April 4 at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai.

From: 4th to 10th April 2023

‘VISCERAL REALMS’Solo Show of Paintings By Well-known artist Hina Bhatt


Nehru Centre Art GalleryDiscovery of India BuildingDr. Annie Besant RoadWorli, Mumbai  400 018.

Timing: 11am to 7pm.Contact: +91 97669

Tuesday 28 March 2023

New solo - Save Date Transformative Metaphor - SOLO SHOW by Pabitra Pal


New solo - Save Date

Transformative Metaphor - SOLO SHOW by Pabitra Pal


4th April - 5pm to 8pm  - 

Open: 2nd April 2023 to 6th April 2023  - Time: 3 to 7pm

Curated by Moumita Sarkar

view at catalog on-

RSVP: + 91 9820510599 / Nippon Gallery: on

Nippon Gallery: 30/32, 2nd Floor, Deval Chambers, Nana Bhai Lane, Flora Fountain, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001, India.

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Sunday 19 March 2023

KHAYAAL( RUMINATION) An Exhibition of Drawings by artist Vaibhav Naik


Artist: Vaibhav Naik

Artist statement

I am a classically trained artist, working to explore an emotion of what exists in front of me at a given moment, using the technical and aesthetic experience I have gathered/garnered.

Over the years, I trained under the guidance of various mentors using different approaches. This has had a great impact on my artistic view and life experience.

With my work, I am trying to decipher the subject in an abstract way even though the final result is representational. In terms of my process, I like to rework areas and improvise till I am satisfied with the expression I am looking for. This allows me to constantly search for a design which is timeless and the artwork appeals to a wider audience whether they are an art connoisseur or not.

My roots are important to me and I believe that one can find answers in their roots. So, at present, I have chosen to experiment and express through drawing as a medium. With each project, I like to challenge myself so that I can keep growing as an artist. One such way is how can I harmonize various materials such as charcoal, graphite, white chalk, acrylics and pastels in my drawings.  This is why I have also chosen this medium for my current show ‘Khayal’

I don’t feel the need to follow trends in society, because I am looking to be honest to my practice and what I enjoy. And in the process if the viewer can connect with it, I think that’s when art happens.


Vaibhav Naik b.1992 native of Mumbai, India inspired by his older brother started his art education in 2010. He graduated from J.J School of Art with specialisation in illustration in 2015.

His major influences that made his interest shift to fine art were Prof. Vilas Tonape and eminent Artist Vijay Achrekar. He also served as an assistant to both artist for 5 years which taught him various approaches towards representative art. During this period, he exhibited in various shows across the country along with having 4 solo shows. He his various awards to his credit Most recently, he was awarded a Bronze Medal in 2021 Annual Competition, Art Society of India.

He is currently working as a principal instructor at Samsara Academy of Art, Hyderabad.


This exhibition will be inaugurated on 20th March, 2023 at 4 pm. At Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai by Chief Guests – Gazal Nawaz Shri. Bhimrao Panchale &   Eminent Artist – Mr. Vijay Achrekar in presence of many art lovers, patrons etc.

Press Release

From: 20th to 26th March 2023


An Exhibition of Drawings by artist Vaibhav Naik



Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery

Ground Floor,  Bajaj Bhavan,

226 Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400 021

Timing: 11am to 7pm.

Contact: 8879175969

An Exhibition of Photographs by Kabeer Ramesh “Frozen in Time” - Jehangir Art Gallery -From: 15th to 28th March 2023

 The field of photography, is a highly developed art form that has passed through various stages of development in its century long history determined by the technological transformation from film to digital formats and evolved through human effort and genius into the present form. Though one can feel and experience the beauty and joy of the art but it requires some expertise to venture into an informed appreciation.    
Kabeer Ramesh

 Kabeer’s Photography has a span of different locations, though historically important such as from Parise to Berlin, Shillong, Meghalaya, Assam, to Saputara in Gujarat and then in Mumbai Pune etc. 
To begin with your work is characterised by vividness and attention to diversity – of contexts, themes, time, moods, etc.  

 I am specifically charmed by the three photographs – of a child, an elderly woman and an old worker. Needless to say the context of them unambiguously and elegantly provide the cultural and social background - being urban, Maharastrian. The little girl looking up at the sky captures her innocent enchantment with something left to us to guess or imagine. The woman roasting corn on coals with details of container, corns and other vessels seeks to capture an important aspect of the urban life. The elderly worker who could be a dubbawala or hamal or porter presents a countenance that reflects the hard reality of a worker weather beaten as the wrinkles on his face bear witness to. The unity of art and life ought to form the centrality of any genuine art.  

 The remaining photographs capture the different sites and symbols of old and new. In this collection, the presence of Socrates is eminently relevant as Socratic vision premised on the centrality of ‘Reason’ and its primacy over emotions, ‘appetites’, desires presents hope  in the dystopian reality we find ourselves increasingly engulfed in. Socratic dialogic tradition of affirmation, contestation and resolution can help us in reasoning a way out of our predicaments, dilemmas and enigmas. Photography as an art form can be an important mode of argumentation and thereby engage us in positive dialogue.


Professor Srinivasulu Karli
University of Hyderabad

From: 15th to 28th March 2023
“Frozen in Time”
An Exhibition of Photographs by Kabeer Ramesh


Jehangir Art Gallery
Terrace Gallery
M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda
Mumbai 400 001
Timing: 11am to 7pm.
Contact: 9920072573


This exhibition was inaugurated on 15th March 2023 by Adv. Jayant Gaikwad, IAS(Retired), in the presence of  Ms. Alexandra Mockel (Leipzig University, Germany) and many others.  

Saturday 4 March 2023

Press Release - Aakriti Art Gallery - Kolkata

The exhibition titled ‘Masterpieces’- 2023 showcases works that scrutinize the living art that speak from the depths of the soul and reaches out to us to a world of infinitely rich theatre of their soul; weave and re- weave a potent spell for all of who dare to share in the drama, a melody that lingers.

Aakriti Art Gallery feels the need to raise the most searching questions in these rare works of the Masters that produced our finest visual texts starting from Abanindranath Tagore. Abanindranath’s tempera on board shows the artist’s transition from the intricate design and workmanship of miniature painting to the emotive nuances of ‘wash’.From Hemen Mazumdar’s gouache and water colour on paper, 1937; a rare portrait to  M.F. Husain’s watercolours on paper, markers on tracing paper  exhibited in “Cinema Ghar” and acrylic on canvas from his “Gaja Gamini” series to S.H Raza’s Vintage, oil on canvas ,from 1970 the collection is eclectic and rare.

Jamini Roy’s tempera on board, Drawings mattered a great deal to him. Paritosh Sen’s , acrylic on canvas (2006), Shyamal Dutta Ray’s watercolours on paper (1990) and Acrylic on canvas titled “Visitor I”, 1991 ; Dutta Ray truly heralded a genre, appearing at a critical juncture of our art movements.

Also present in this collection are K. G. Subramanyan’s untitled watercolour (1988) and Ram Kumar, acrylic on paper, 1996, 2005 and ink and pastel on paper.

Bikash Bhattacharjee’s pencil and conte on paper, 1960 and Body Language , pastel on paper, 1960. Bikash had caught a kind of visual truth, at once sharply focused and evasively inward, that rarely showed itself in painting ever before.

Rabin Mondal’s acrylic on paper and board,2014,2016. Ganesh Pyne’s portrait in mixed media.

Jogen Chowdhury’s acrylic on canvas, 2018; P.R Narvekar’s oil on canvas, Lalu Prasad Shaw’ s conte on board, Achuthan Kuddalur’s acrylic on canvas done in 2008; Akhilesh’s Can You Go with Green When Needed, acrylic on canvas, 2011; Paresh Maity’s oil on canvas, 2015- Journey of Light, Sunil De’s acrylic on canvas, 2004, Amitava Dhar’s, acrylic on canvas, 2007 are showcased here as well.

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

13th March – 31st March, 2023

11 am – 7 pm

Preview on 11th March,2023 @5.30 pm

Aakriti Art Gallery, Orbit Enclave, 1st Floor12/3A, Hungerford Street

Kolkata – 700 017Phone: +91 33 22893027/5041

( Sunday Closed )