Canvas Calling

Wednesday, 18 December 2013 - 12:18pm IST | Place: Vashi | Agency: DNA
Artists from satellite city will be displaying their works at the India Art Festival that is slated to be held at Nehru Centre from December 19 to 22.

The third edition of the India Art Festival, a modern and contemporary art festival will begin on December 19, with around 500 senior and young artists from all across India displaying their artworks. Many artists from Navi Mumbai will also be a part of this four-day festival exhibiting their creativity on canvas.

Navi Mumbai has a sizeable population of artists who specialise in a variety of styles; from abstract painting to Sanjhi work. Many are experienced in the art world whose work has brought them accolades and appreciation over the years.

One such personality is Rahul Vajale who graduated from Sir JJ School of Arts in 1999 and has created many masterpieces over the years. He has over 30 paintings ready to be displayed in the fest that reveal his research work in ‘Unknown Genres’ in visual language of expressions. “I am intrigued by the question as to who and what was the inspiration for all the aboriginals of the stone age, what was instrumental in having them create stone works and sculptures with perfect finish and visual appeal. So I have dedicated my present work to explore this source,” said Vajale.

Suresh Kondhalkar, an artist who resides in Sanpada, is known for his abstract style of paintings.

Also a graduate of Sir JJ School of Arts, Kondhalkar took an interest in abstract painting because he felt it has no limitations. “Abstract art is spontaneous and there are no limitations when it comes to what you want to express. You do not have to copy anything, just look deep inside yourself and express your feelings as creatively as you wish to,” he said.

Kondhalkar also creates wooden sculptures wherein he tries to incorporate the same style. “I have made a sculpture that depicts a man (husband) holding a kid and a woman (wife), kissing him. The thought behind it was the wife burdened with many responsibilities including taking care of the child. It so happens that one day seeing her lifting the child, the husband realises this and helps her do the same. The realisation that her husband is concerned about her makes her happy and she kisses him. This is the emotion that led me do the sculpture,” he said.

One of the booths in festival is on the subject of spirituality and three artists from Vashi will be displaying their works in the same. Meena Raghavan is quite well known now for her Sanjhi work (paper-cutting) that is also called as Kiri in Japan. Unlike the normal style, Raghavan uses a scalpel for her work in order to bring more intricacy. “One of the works titled Gitopdesh is the biggest and took me two months to finish. Others include depictions of Kali as divine mother, Birth of ‘Ra’ the sun god, among others,” she said.

Chandni Mathur, who prefers oil paints on canvas, has made seven paintings of Lord Buddha depicting him in different moods, expressions and colours. “His image always gives the message of tranquility and this is what I have showed in different ways. One of the paintings, ‘Mist-ic Buddha’ shows him like a mist in the background of a lone lotus flower while in the other titled ‘Serene Garden’, I have made him amidst flowers and leaves,” said Mathur.

Lastly, Leena Harit, a Vashi residents’s artwork includes a total of six paintings that are semi-realistic and figurative. She has tried to portray emotions and characteristics that are specific to the Indian lifestyle. “For instance, one of the pieces is titled Gappa-Tappa that shows a group of women [house-help] who are sitting in a relaxed manner after a day of hard work and talking animatedly. Mostly it is colourful and juicy gossip and to bring this out I have painted their hands in yellow and green,” she said.

All in all, the artists are looking forward to have a great time among their very experienced and well known counterparts. For some, it will be a learning experience and for some it will be another feather to add to their cap of accomplishments.

Painting out their hearts
Navi Mumbai has a sizeable population of artists who specialise in a variety of styles; from abstract painting to Sanjhi work. Many are experienced in the art world whose work has brought them accolades and appreciation over the years

Suresh Kondhalkar, an artist who resides in Sanpada, is known for his abstract style of paintings.

Also a graduate of Sir JJ School of Arts, Kondhalkar took an interest in abstract painting because he felt it has no limitations

Chandni Mathur, who prefers oil paints on canvas, has made seven paintings of Lord Buddha depicting him in different moods, expressions and colours


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