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Art coupled with technology

Feb 15, 2012,DHNS: 19:36 IST

DIGITALLY CREATIVE

Creativity met technology at the recently concluded ‘2nd All India Digital Art Exhibition’ where more than 80 computer generated paintings of artists from all over the country were displayed.

Paintings on display at the digital art exhibition.The 10-day exhibition was inaugurated at the ‘All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society’ (AIFACS) by eminent painter and Padma Shri recipient Anjolie Ela Menon.

Digital art, a general term used for making creative work through digital technology, has not been accepted by some senior artists. However, Ram V Sutar, president, AIFACS said that with each passing year, computers are becoming powerful and versatile which will be a boon to digital artists.

“Digital arts have almost gained universal acceptance. But no art gallery is focussing on this medium as it does on conventional methods of paintings such as oil, acrylic and water colour. But very soon India will make a mark in all the computer-related arts,” believed Ram.

Artists, who participated in the exhibition, too had a firm conviction in good future of digital art. Bijendra Kumar, whose artwork ‘Eco-friendly Portrait’ was on display at the exhibition, created a painting using ZBrush software. He said that creating an artwork using digital technology helps him make modifications as many times as he wants.

“While creating artwork in a conventional way, an artist has to make 80 per cent of the composition in mind before putting it on canvas and cannot undo his moves. But with digital technology, you can go back as many times as you want,” Bijendra informed.

The medium of digital art has made its place in contemporary art scene but it is yet to be accepted as a strong medium of expression. “Experiments in digital or computer art started in 1950 in the United States and Germany.

But it took more than 10 years to exhibit computer-generated art in public galleries. Gradually, the digital art gained wider acceptance in the art world during the 90s. Now artists are using handy tools like personal computers, laptops, i-pad and tablets,” said Paramjeet Singh, acting chairman, AIFACS.

D S Kapoor, an artist and the principal of Government College of Art, Chandhigarh, said that the combination of art and technology can do wonders as the computer in itself is a big studio. He was not at all deterred by the cold attitude of senior artists towards digital art.

“When cameras first came, it was said that they are not creative. But gradually people realised that there is a human eye behind that camera which makes so many creative images. Similarly in the case of digital art, there is a human mind behind the computer that creates artwork,” expressed the principal, whose two paintings ‘Dream Land’ and ‘Mould of Mind’ were also on display at the exhibition.

The reasons why he embraced digital technology for creating artwork are millions of colours and tools available on computer which cannot be generated manually.

“Whatever we visualise and create through computer and various software is digital art. I believe that an artist can do much better on computer which offers greater possibilities of experimentation,” he summed up.

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