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Works with varied styles and themes on view

The Guild Art Gallery is hosting an exhibition of works by leading Indian contemporary artists. It's an interesting melange of creations in varying styles and mediums by artists ' veteran as well as younger artists who stand for a new idiom of visual expression.

Works of veteran artists K.Laxma Goud, Krishen Khanna, K.G.Subramanyan, Prabhakar Kolte, Paritosh Sen, Laxman Shreshtha and S.H.Raza are showcased along with creations by Jehangir Jani, Arunanshu Chowdhury, Baiju Parthan, T.V.Santhosh, Subodh Gupta, Riyas Komu, Gulammohammed Sheikh, Anant Joshi, and others. Women artists including Nalini Malani, Arpana Caur, Vidya Kamat, Reena Saini Kallat, Prajakta Potnis also form part of the show.

For Shibu Natesan, the process of painting is as important as the challenge of making pictures out of his thought process. The artist constantly tries to express his current state of mind. He never uses any direct colors; he mixes them. They are symbolic of the artist's state of mind. Photographs often form the basis of his work. Some of Baiju Parthan's thought provoking works like 'Brahma's Homepage' and 'Necessary Illusions with 24 Cups of Coffee' are a comment on the current Internet culture.

Gulammohammed Sheikh paints on formats ranging from hand-held paper to architectural scale, to bring alive and illumine the world he knows in its complexities and contradictions, and to reinvent art history while painting. He has been experimenting with digital collage for the last few years. While injecting technology into art and taking up a new medium in the form of digital collages, he has also been contemplating over the artistic issues that emerge in this process. He has painted over every inkjet print that might have contributed to his new series to neutralize the hyper-reproductive capacity of digital art.

Chittrovanu Mazumdar's canvases are an intriguing, intense mixture of the figurative and the abstract. There's a woman who has occupied his canvases and who recurs as a motif in his work. It's a mystery unsolved. The artist refers to this mysterious woman with a sensuous look as the one created from his dreams or his fantasy.

Arunanshu Chowdhury has been open to experimentation in the usage of different and mixed media, working with oils, charcoal, collage, paper ,acrylic, water colours and even screen printing. He gathers his inspiration from the urban society and the surroundings. Riyas Komu paints pictures based on photographic references from the print and television media. His randomly chosen subjects are charged with significance bringing about a disturbance depicting an element of political disquiet. He adapts images culled from the flow of the mass media, transporting them into the pictorial space of painting and its anterior histories of representation.

Among the female artists on view, Vidya Kamat has created digital self-portraits (photographs printed on vinyl) carrying the impress of her memories (and miseries) as well as those of other women. The photographs of the artist's body parts, symbolic of human urges, have been digitally manipulated to create visual distortions. She layers the images with febrile yellow and green patches, making them look sinister, almost unreal.

Pooja Iranna's work is an attempt to trace the effects of architecture on the emotions and the psyche, to find traces of our emotional and psychological lives in the structures and patterning of architecture. More recently, the artist has been attracted to modern and contemporary architecture and their potential for creative manipulation.

Prajakta Potnis's recent works express a fantasy or a dream like world of people who are cut off from their roots.

The works collectively give the viewer a kaleidoscopic view of varied expressions in contemporary art. The group show continues at The Guild Gallery from October 18 to November 3, 2005.

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