Contemporary art from Hyderabad

Contemporary art from Hyderabad
Cymroza Art Gallery in collaboration with India Fine Art presented "An Inspiration" an exhibition of contemporary art from Hyderabad. Among the participating artists were Bairu Raghuram, Laxman Aelay, K. Laxma Goud, K. Nandini Goud, Surya Prakash, and T. Vaikuntam among others. Andhra Pradesh has a rich tradition in arts and handicrafts, with techniques of craftsmanship handed down from generation to generation. This pervades into the artists studios and is reinforced in their strong contribution to the 20th century Contemporary Indian Art. The show provided a glimpse of this rich tradition.

Bairu Raghuram basically works in pen and ink on paper. His paintings are simple and they depict India's rural environment. Laxman Aelay prefers to paint people and moments they share in their village. Through his paintings he portrays happiness with colors. K. Laxma Goud has been drawing people from the last thirty years. He shows the human form in festive moods. K. Nandini Goud's subject of painting is daily routine Indian life. She plays on space and perspective of objects and their form.

Surya Prakash's visual ideas are transformed into his paintings into abstract language. His abstractions are an emotional response to nature and its mystery. In the paintings of T. Vaikuntam, each woman is a living source, who toils and sweats and yet celebrates life with abundance and thrill.

A painting exhibition featuring works by Tihar inmates
The creative works of the inmates of Tihar Jail titled 'Expressions Tihar' on view at Art Entrance, Army and Navy Building Foyer, opposite Jehangir Art Gallery reflect the bitter and sweet realities of society. Featuring around 10 artists (aged 18 to 70), the works in the exhibition have a tinge of melancholy. It's an honest attempt by the inmates to express their feelings through them is what gives a new dimension to the edge to the show. Some of the participating artists are Sanjay, Kaushal, Bijender, Indar Singh Rawat, Ganpati Rai and Tribhovan (who is 70 years old). Some of them are under trial prisoners in murder cases.

Art faculty from Jamia Islamia University has worked with these inmates and has inspired them to paint over the last couple of years. "The result is out there for you to see," says Shivaji Arya, President of 'Arman', the only NGO based out of Tihar Jail that has been working to rehabilitate prisoners with educational workshops and other programs

These paintings are diverse in their theme - human figures, landscapes and abstract paintings in oil and water color and sketches, and are priced in the range of Rs 2000 upwards. Several curious visitors dropped in and appreciated the exhibits. The exhibition will travel to the US starting September. The Indian government is also reportedly to allot space to the works of Tihar inmates wherever exhibitions of handicrafts are held by the Ministry of Textiles and organizations.

Dimpy Menon's human figures
Dimpy Menon, a sculptor, originally from Chennai who is now settled in Bangalore, presents a set of 19 bronze sculptures. As in the past, the human figure continues to be the principal focus in her works, her dancers, motherly embraces, lover couples and images of people, all there as usual. The artist chooses simple, graceful scenes and tender emotions from everyday life to give those a pleasant but lasting form.

As art critic Marta Jakimowicz notes: "One has to grant Menon her solid and consummate knowledge in handling the difficult bronze medium. She can induce it to yield the effect of a massive, compact volume even in small dimensions. She can also create a feel of mild carnality in skin as well as make her forms acquire linear qualities together with complex, almost flat textures that remind of painting and drawing."

In Sketch 1 the artist tries to work on textures as she would on paper, without losing the sculptural quality. In another work 'On A Sunday Afternoon', the combination of metal and stone seems to work in tandem. 'Woman On A Promontory' has a woman sitting on top of an expansive, hard rock. "This seldom happens in real life, but one does visualize this ideal moment!" the artist notes. In 'Timelessness', the human figure, delineated in divergent forms, is lingering lazily on a rock with an extended hand skimming the surface of an imaginary water stream.
The exhibition continues at Time and Space Gallery, Bangalore till August 18.

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