Celebrating Art on Paper

The show 'A Work of Art - A Work on Paper' marks the Cymroza Art Gallery's 35th Anniversary. Each of the works on display have been aesthetically conceptualized and strikingly portray, in-depth, the stories the artists were inspired to tell.

The exhibition showcases an extensive collection of works on paper by over 30 prominent Indian contemporary artists. The expanse of works in this exhibition are particularly significant as they allow a viewer to evaluate acquiring this particular medium as a complete statement of art itself rather than in a supporting role as sketches or simple studies for paintings or sculpture to follow.

The artists whose works on paper have been showcases include Atul Dodiya, Anju Dodiya, Mehli Ghobai, Nandini Goud, Laxma Goud, Ganesh Haloi, M. F. Husain, Sanat Kar, Krishen Khanna, Bose Krishnamachari, Lalitha Lajmi, Shakti Maira, Paresh Maity, Kahini Arte Merchant, Brinda Miller, Avishankar Mitra, Samir Mondal, and Badri Narayan among others.

One also gets to see the creations on paper by renowned artists such as Ved Nayar, Akbar Padamsee, Gogi Saroj Pal, Rm. Palaniappan, Ratan Parimoo, Gieve Patel, Sudhir Patwardhan, Rekha Rodwittiya, Suhas Roy, Jehangir Sabavala, Paritosh Sen, Laxman Shrestha and Shuvaprasanna.

An introductory notes states: 'The choice of using paper as the surface is by no means inverted snobbery. One would like to call it sophisticated simplicity or simple sophistication. Simple because of the easy availability of paper and sophisticated because each of the contributors to the exhibition has over the years produced works eminently worthy of the high acclaim that has been bestowed on them.'

It has been said that, when an artist has a vision of creating a work of art, talent and skill of expression are important, but lack of understanding of the fundamental tools can keep any artist from achieving that goal. Painters, like photographers, require a variety of media and surfaces for their professional work.

The exhibition underlines how paper plays a prominent role in enhancement of our artistic vision. Mentions According to Pheroza J. Godrej of Cymroza Art Gallery, this is a unique event to commemorate the occasion.

In 2003 Saffronart had organized an online exhibition of works on paper. It was an extensive collection of over 500 works on paper by over 100 artists. The works on paper need to be seen from a broader perspective. Western art has traditionally seen works on paper as studies for or precursors to paintings. However, Indian art has had a long standing history of works on paper as an independent genre.

In fact, the practice of creating works on paper was distinct in each part of India with a unique style, such as the miniature painting from Rajasthan or the Kalighat painting from Bengal among the thousands of variations in art and traditional craft on the Indian subcontinent. The 1940's through the 1960's saw a particularly vibrant emergence of experimentation with works on paper as complete works of art which then carried over through the contemporary artists who followed.

It is of particular historical significance in tracking the adoption of various media and evolution of influences on contemporary Indian art, to view works on paper as a genre unto itself. It was inevitable that the recognition of modern western paper works as a legitimate genre in its own right would have a strong presence on the Indian subcontinent especially as the European influence grew this region.

Of course, paper-making technology has progressed by leaps and bounds and Fine Art Paper, a source of pride and prestige for both the artist and the paper-maker, is available in various qualities, textures and thickness, the changes that reflect in the woks on view.

The exhibition 'A Work of Art - A Work on Paper' continues at October 28, 2006.

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