Exhibition on womanhood at Bliss Art GalleryAround the city — By The Desk on April 12, 2012 at 10:52 AM
Indian Express: Two artists present their multi-hued reflections on womanhood and the environment at this exhibition.
While out on walks, 28-year-old artist Priya Patkar often observes women labourers working on the city roads. Over the years, these sights have formed the strongest of her creative influences. She often gets back home, with the women’s faces rife in her mind, and paints what she saw. Her canvasses are all celebrations of colour and are dominated by female figures. Twelve of these “semi-realistic” mix media works will be up at Bliss Art Gallery, Koregaon Park, till April 28, at an exhibition titled ‘Vibrant’. “My works communicate positive energy. It shows women, sometimes engaged in conversations with friends, and the bright colours I use emphasise that the talks these women have, their discussions, are all positive,” says Patkar.
An alumnus of Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalay, Patkar has always been drawn to the female form and the social symbolism attached to it. She suffuses her works with warm colours and subtle texturing to bring out the brighter side of being a woman. The form she focuses on is the rustic visage of tribal women, and her media preference embraces charcoal, oils, acrylic and water colours with equal gusto. While not engaging in her art, she is a visiting lecturer at the Symbiosis Institute of Design.
‘Vibrant’ will also showcase the works of artist Sachin Muley. In contrast to the simple lines and evocative frames of Patkar, Muley’s canvas and paper works are bright splashes of the abstract. “I started with figurative work, but moved on to abstract because I feel it is a better form of expression,” he says. Fifteen of his frames, all dwelling on the issue of global warming, will be up at the exhibition. Though dominated by swaths of colour, the canvases still feature feeble forms of humans and/or trees. “They will sometimes be in the foreground, sometimes as part of the background,” he says.
This particular acrylic collection of Muley’s was six months in the making, and he preceded the painting by reading and taking notes about global warming. Following this, he would make a preliminary sketch, then a colour sketch, and ultimately the bigger picture.