Friday 26 April 2024

"Mediums of Enclosed Departures," at Ikko Gallery

 In the vicinity of old working settelments of Sewri, art had seeped through in the form of black box, an art space created by Ar. Jasleen Changani with her mother Narinder Kaur Gilotra. A space that showcases contemporary art, which has no boundaries of space and painting both revolve around as well as complement each other. Currently is hosting a group exhibition "Mediums of Enclosed Departures," curated by the visionary Nilesh Kinkale, this showcase transcends conventional artistic boundaries.

Seven dynamic artists—Sadanand Shirke, Vinay Gusain, Ashish Thakur, Rohit Varekar, Smita Kinkale, Riyas Komu, and Nilesh Kinkale. All of these artists deny using the traditional trio of paint, brush and canvas insteade embrace an eclectic fusion of materials, techniques, concepts, and themes.It's not just an art exhibition but a memory that reminds of our presence, of the bygone era, our roots, a critical comment on the present happenings.Through mesmerizing mediums each narrates a story of itself, its environment.


Ikko Gallery

Artists like Rohit Varekar skillfully depict the essence of their hometown by intertwining its heritage with personal narratives. Varekar's use of wood as a medium transcends its physicality, embodying collective memory and historical consciousness. He elegantly incorporates elements such as wooden toys and ancestral wealth, turning wood into a vessel that carries the essence of his region.


In contrast, artists such as Ashish Thakur focus on the tactile and olfactory qualities of soil, combined with organic materials, to comment on rapid urbanization and environmental degradation. Thakur's work highlights the sensory loss accompanying urban sprawl, urging a reconsideration of humanity's relationship with the natural environment. By referencing cultural symbols like the Ganpati tapestry, Thakur weaves together personal, environmental, and cultural narratives in his art.


Smita Kinkale's creations using polymer sheets serve as critical commentary on contemporary issues and the loss of natural phenomena. Her work prompts viewers to reflect on the impact of modern developments on the environment and society.


Sadanand Shirke offers visual narratives on Mumbai's changing urban landscape, capturing its vibrancy and frenetic pace through his use of vinyl and bright colors. However, beneath the surface, his work hints at a superficial, emotionless existence, inviting contemplation on the city's complexities.

Nilesh Kinkale's artworks often feature roads, symbolizing Mumbai's ubiquitous infrastructure. He views these roads not just as physical pathways but as integral parts of daily life, rich with the remnants of the city's history. Kinkale's paintings offer a nuanced perspective on urban transformation, exploring its impact on individual memories and shared cultural heritage.

Artist: Nilesh Kinkale

The way that woodwork of  Riyas Komu engages with political tales highlights the connections between political ideology, artistic expression, and personal experience. Komu embodies the function of both witness and commentator in art, as evidenced by his background and material selection, which show a strong link to his cultural heritage and a commitment to political discourse.

Artist: Riyas Komu

The show 'Mediums of Enclosed Departures' is a testament to the enduring power of art to capture diverse memories and portray individual environments. Through mesmerizing mediums and thought-provoking narratives, the exhibition invites contemplation on the interplay between memory, environment, and cultural heritage. 

- News Text by Art Blogazine Team 

IKKO Art Gallery Art gallery in Mumbai, Maharashtra

Address: 302, Satya House, Sriram Tekdi Rd, Sindhu Nagar, Sewri, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400015


“VEDAS AND BEYOND” Solo show of paintings by well-known artist Nita Desai in Jehangir

 Nita Desai’s “Vedas and Beyond” - A Painting Exhibition Where Tradition Meets Modernity

Artist: Nita Desai

We are thrilled to announce the upcoming solo exhibition of Nita Desai, an artist renowned for her unique blend of traditional techniques with contemporary themes. The exhibition, titled  “Vedas and Beyond” will open its doors to the public from 29th April to May, 2024 at the Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai.

Nita Desai, a visionary in the art world, has garnered attention for her ability to harmonize the rich heritage of classical art with the dynamic pulse of modern thought. Her latest collection features a series of paintings that explore this duality, inviting viewers to a visual dialogue between the past and the present.

The exhibition will showcase over fifteen of Desai’s latest works, each telling a story that transcends time. Her use of vibrant colors and intricate patterns draws from the wellspring of traditional Indian art, while her subject matter – ranging from urban landscapes to abstract interpretations of modern life – reflects a keen awareness of contemporary society.

Her work is a testament to the enduring power of art to bridge cultures and epochs, Her paintings are not just visually stunning; they provoke thought and conversation about the world we live in and the roots we come from.

The opening reception will be held on 29th April from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM, where art enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet the artist herself. We invite you all to experience the depth and beauty of Nita Desai’s art. About Nita Desai Nita Desai is a Mumbai-based artist whose work has been exhibited internationally. With a background in fine arts and a passion for cultural history, Desai’s paintings are a celebration of her dual identity as a traditionalist and a modernist.

Press Release:

From: 29th April to 5th May 2024

“VEDAS AND BEYOND” / Solo show of paintings by well-known artist Nita Desai


Jehangir Art Gallery, 161-B, M.G. Road, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai 400 001, Timing: 11am to 7pm.