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Young talent from the city of Baroda showcased

Young talent from Baroda representing diverse trends of new artistic vision is showcased in a new group show in Mumbai. It brings together 12 artists who work together at the Artist Center AQ in Baroda that sources emerging talent from the city. The works collectively unravel their artistic concerns.

Among the emerging artists from Baroda who form part of the show at Mumbai based Priyasri Gallery (till third week of October) are Anasuya Mohapatra, Devendra Dusawar, Disha Jani, Heena Mistry, K K Saatesh, Nikita Parikh, Pulak Sanpui, Devdoot Rajyaguru, Ajay Sharma, Ambu Rathawa, Sanjay Barot and Mehul Patel.

Their varied subject matter adds a different dimension to the show. Pulak Sanpui's dreamscapes hark back to his childhood spent in the lush environs of outer Kolkata and are enhanced by his eye for details. A desolate air is palpable in these landscapes. Occasionally a dragonfly hovers, a brook bubbles, but the skies are always dark and heavy with monsoon rain in these idyllic yet lonely visionary landscapes.

Kerala born K K Satheesh, a product of Baroda school, takes us into the rich world of folklore and mythology that often characterizes the works of artists from the southern state. The work is full of mystery and intrigue. Trained as a painter, he also has worked as a graphic artist.

On other hand, Disha Jani's painterly evocation takes the form of a glorious moss covered tree that seems to dwarf everything around it. Her sensitivity towards her surroundings is also essayed in the detailed study of the tiny mushrooms and foliage that cover the dappled floor under the tree. Besides painting, the artist is trained as a muralist and is a winner of the Nasreen Mohamedi Scholarship.

Anasuya Mohapatra, originally from Orissa and now settled in Baroda, portrays a female protagonist hanging on to a latticed doorway in a manner that indicates certain desperation. The work is metaphoric of a struggle to stay anchored during turbulent times. Devdoot Rajyaguru has opted for mixed media to express his emotional struggle against the forces of communalism. Having studied sculpture, he imbues his creations with a three-dimensional quality that takes one beyond the flat plane of a painted surface.

Heena Mistry's painterly world is dark and shadowy provoking an air of mystery whereas the art practice and passion of artist Mehul Patel, a sculptor and teacher at the MSU Fine Arts Faculty, leads to invoking of the sensuous fullness of bronzes.

Ambu Rathawa is another Baroda born artist whose paintings are a psychological journey into the heart of fantasy that is both disturbing and fascinating at the same time. Nikita Parikh's paintings are redolent with the joy and festivity of the miniatures. Surface decoration and jewel like embellishment is evident in her works. Devendra Dusawar, a Bhopal based artist, moved to M.S. University to do his Masters in Print and Graphic art. His work reveals a brooding quality.

While his style and approach is more realistic in comparison, it is still largely expressionist in its intention to convey a sense of contemplative bliss. Artist Sanjay Barot portrays a contemplative character in the work on view. The simplicity and starkness of the work is alluring and easy on the eye. Having lived in both Ahmedabad and Baroda, this young artist has experienced both turbulent and temperate times in these cities, which is why his works present both sides of the picture ' despair and hope.

Another noteworthy artist on view, Ajay Sharma, is one of the few conceptual artists whose work is usually site specific. Open to multiple readings the work of this Bengal born artist is witty and poignant at the same time.

As is evident, representation of the emerging talent from Baroda and diversity of their works mark the exhibition.

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