Great works on floor

Unique collection
Last Updated 18 October 2010, 12:43 IST
Great works on floor

An initiative by Sunil Sethi and Maneka Gandhi's People for Animals, this fund raiser was in aid of the various animal welfare activities supported by the organisation.

The exhibition took art beyond canvas, with master weavers weaving the rarest works of famous Indian artists and designers, into museum quality carpets.

Each carpet in the collection had been laboriously hand-woven into the fabric by weavers from Varanasi and Panipat.

The exhibition had many connoisseurs of art coming in to have a look at the unique collection which featured 20 master artists and six designers from India.

The show had artists such as M F Hussain, S H Raza, T Vaikuntham, M Bawa, Paresh Maity among many others, whose works had been replicated on carpets.

Other than artists, the show also had designs of famous designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Arora, Rohit Bal, Ritu Kumar and others. 

While the artists had especially given the right of their paintings for this show along with their signatures which had been precisely replicated on the carpets, the ones by designers were made especially for this occasion.

Since the pieces came with an authentication by the artists, they were being sold as designer items.

“The idea behind replicating the paintings on carpets was to give art a new medium,” said Sunil Sethi.

“And also to make it more affordable. I may not be able to afford a Rs 16 crore painting by S H Raza but I could buy the piece here which is priced at Rs 5 lakh,” he added.

Affordability was a key point of the showcase with many piece priced

While the gallery was filled with beautiful colours, each art piece was in the signature style of the artists.

From the grandeur of a Vaikuntham to the abstracts from Paresh Maity, each was a masterpiece beyond question.

The quirky and colourful work by Farhad Hussain was also quite impressive.
Equally eyecatching was the Skull design done by Rajesh Pratap Singh, which was created solely out of a body form and scissors and was yellow in colour.

Hanging from a tree in the garden, it was hard to ignore. The colourful portrayal of the autorickshaw by Rohit Bal, the painted face by Manish Arora and the ornate turkey by Sabyasachi Mukherji were also the talk of the show.

(Published 18 October 2010, 12:41 IST)

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