Going contemporary on canvas

first_imgAs a preview of the United Art Fair 2013, Peter Nagy and his curatorial team of Dr. Alka Pande, Ram Rahman, Meera Menezes, Heidi Fichtner, Mayank Kaul have assembled a diverse group of art works by some of the most promising up-and-coming talents of the Indian contemporary art scene. A mix of mediums and styles will give just the slimmest of hints of the diversity of art works that will be on display at the UAF 2013.The exhibition has got eclectic mix of works by sixteen contemporary artists from different parts of the country. New Delhi-based Nidhi Agarwal paints aggressive, muscular abstractions that harbour figurative passages and landscape tendencies. Violently expressionistic, her colour palette is both complex and acrid and her subject matter often perverse. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anand Jaiswal, Kurukshetra based artist has magnificently used different objects and images from historic time symbolising them in contemporaneity in his works.Santiniketan based artist Basist Kumar’s paintings are interestingly simple yet full of woven thoughts. Isolated figures, anonymous and without civilization, hover in containers of weather and light. He fuses singular portraits with iconic landscapes, resulting in paintings that are indebted to both Science Fiction and Symbolism. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTauseef Khan’s new series of paintings renders history as reflected through prisms of glass and memory as a distortion of perception. While he weaves together both representation and abstraction, he also melds architectural landscapes with still life, creating paintings steeped in prodigious antecedents. Portraits of some of India’s best known monuments like the tombs of Humayun and Lodhi Gardens, the Jantar Mantar, the Taj Mahal are glimpsed through scrims of decorative glassware which turn their stoic masonry into a melting array of pigments.   Devangana Kumar, is a Delhi based artist and designer. She layers her work with painting, printing and decoupage, juxtaposing images from popular culture, colourful Indian kitsch and even old photographs, transforming mundane objects into edgy collectibles.Anita Ghei Malhotra’s works are culmination of several years of studio-practice and doctoral research at Teachers College, Columbia University New York City and her spiritual experiences while she lived in Manhattan and then back again in New Delhi. Shiv Kumar Verma, alumni of the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S.University, Baroda, was born and brought up in a small village in the Bastar district, a region famous for its traditional arts. He uses natural materials like bronze and local mud to create sculptural works that represent human emotions and reveal shades of everyday living.Suresh K. Nair an artist based in Banaras is better known as a contemporary muralist, though it’s not on walls of temples and palaces that he paints, but on canvas. The natural colours of an old-world muralist, elaborately prepared with organic matter, have been replaced with acrylic.Manil-Rohit artist duo from Lucknow based in Noida do some quirky works. They use various iconographies which are sourced from the surroundings and popular media: graffiti, comics, packaging and animation. Yet art historical references are also there while they successfully conquer the age-old battles between figure and ground, abstraction and figuration. The painterly manoeuvres they employ to do so are both skilful and self-conscious: line, colour and shape coalesce into highly charged fields of energy; the soft-focus blur of aerosol paint is juxtaposed with an impasto heaped on like cake frosting.The United Art Fair will be happening from 14 to 17 September in Halls 8,9,10,and 11 of Pragati Maidan.DETAILWhen: 28 April to 4 May, 10 am to 7Where: Lalit Kala Academylast_img

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