Nature in the modern art gallery mingles with the scent of spring outside
Bhopal (Madhya Pradesh): A splash of color, through brushstrokes, has energized Bharat Bhawan’s modern art gallery. The interior atmosphere of the hall seems to have mingled with the melody of the birds and the smell of the spring flowers that invade the outside air.
Works by six award-winning artists – Paramjit Singh, Jyoti Bhatt, Ira Chowdhary, Dhruva Mistry, Manish Pushkale and Devilal Patidar – set the mood inside the hall. None of the artists need a new presentation.
The paintings, especially those of Singh and Bhatt, define nature in different moods.
Singh of Punjab depicted forests in black and white. Each curve is dynamic. A white path surrounded by deep dark woods stands out so well that it reminds an art lover of Robert Frost’s poem: Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.
In his works, nature also manifests itself in bright colors. A mix of green, garden yellow and subtle pink give vibrancy to her work, Touched by the Sun.
The Subtle Energy of Jyoti Bhatt | Photo PF
Bhatt’s works consist of nature as well as humans. He studied woodcut, linocut and lithography. It cuts a strip in his works. Each line is full of ideas. He barely interprets them. Few artists in India have ever considered printmaking as a means of expression. Ergo its graphics reinforce and imprint an image in multiple ways. The images he created have snakes, stars, a bird and an owl and the head of a human. They have a subtle meaning. A few critics appreciated this work as showing different stages of inner feelings. It displays the attainment of a higher state of consciousness through subtle energy.
The pottery of Ira Chowdhary | Photo PF
Delhi’s Chowdhury exhibited ceramic pottery. Wife of the famous sculptor Sankho Chowdhury, she studied at Shanti Niketan. Chowdhury brings past beauties to the current generation. Each work contains its magic touches. The plates and the traditional threads that it manufactures are of great finesse.
A metallic work by Dhruva Mistry | Photo PF
Mistry de Baroda opted for a new technique. He used iron plates to make human figurines. Each work is luminous. A composition containing a male and a female conveys the message of creation. In another work, a male figurine in bright blue indicates virility. The artist gave it life.
The Orality of Manish Pushkale | Photo PF
The object of Pushkale of Bhopal is difficult to explain. All his works look like Kantha or Guthri embroidery. One of his works, titled Orality in Acrylic, highlights the quality of being verbally communicative. It also signifies sexual energy and sensation on the mouth. It’s hard to explain, though. Another artwork, Memory, includes ten paintings. It is a mixture of the past and the present. His Cacophony, a drawing on a Japanese scroll, makes you think.
The Aquatic Life of Devilal Patidar | Photo PF
Patidar from Bhopal depicts aquatic life through ceramic works. Conch, octopus and sips look original. It also gives new meaning to the world of insects that humans crush without understanding that they too have the right to live. Each insect, although ceramic, seems to have been imbued with life.
In this decor, the colors of the artists merge with the colors of nature.
Eighty-six works exhibited.
Paramjit Singh, Jyoti Bhatt, Dhruva Mistry and Ira Chowdhury celebrated Rashtriya Kalidas Samman.
Manish Pushkale, Devilal Patidar given Rajya Shikhar Samman.
The exhibition, which begins on February 13, will continue until February 28.
Posted: Saturday, February 26, 2022, 8:22 PM IST