Colours of diversity, hope and beauty

Colours of diversity, hope and beauty

Artist Aditi Saigal’s paintings are reminiscent of Truck Art – full of colours, hope and interesting symbols from daily life. Sharing wall space with it are Meghansh Thapa’s works –charcoal on canvas, dark, meditative and full of thoughts that draw you in.

And then there are Shashi Kumar Paul’s sculptures – figures cast in bronze that express a variety of emotions – love and intimacy being the more important ones of them.

All of these, and more, are a part of ‘Watch Out’, a group art exhibition at the Art Alive Gallery, Gurgaon, which is on till September 10. The show has brought together over 30 artists – the young and the old, the upcoming and the established – who have put up their works in perfect artistic harmony. The variety in mediums of art is equally diverse. Watercolours, oil on canvas, photography
and sculptures all vie for appreciation.

A spokesperson at the gallery says, “Art Alive Gallery has instituted an exclusive website to nurture and promote young and emerging talent from across the country and give them an opportunity to showcase their works to a worldwide audience. For the past two years, we have been selecting the best works put up through the year on emerging artists and collating them into this exhibition. This is the third edition in the series.”

This time, the list of participating artists includes names like Asish Das, Augustus Mithal, Jayanta Bhattacharya, Jignasha Ojha, Mainaz Bano, Parameswar Samal, Pradipta Chakraborty, Pratap Morey, Radha Dhaka, Sanjay Biswal and Sanjib Singha among others.

Bhaskar Rao, for example, has painted some beautiful rural landscapes. Shuvankar Maitra, on the other hand, has drawn some heart-warming autumnscapes. Dipti Biswal’s collage of flowers and ladybirds is made of childhood fantasies. Somnath Bothe’s watercolours, in contrast, have a brooding quality in their shadowy red and green city portrayals.

Subhash Pujahari excels in depicting the man-animal conflict: A weaver bird’s nest hangs outside the window of a highrise that also shows a large modern city beyond; another painting has butterflies hovering over such a city, probably looking for space for themselves. Artist Sumanto Chowdhury has homed in on the favourite subject of practically all Indian artists – Hindu mythology – with his paintings of Ganesha.