Three solos, three themes…

Recent works by Sujith S.N.

Mumbai-based Sakshi Gallery recently presented ‘The City and the Tower’, a solo of recent works by Sujith S.N., a talented contemporary artist, who is interested in examining the radically changing urban landscape of India. A trained draughtsman, he is curious about the ‘rebuilding’ of cities - particularly Hyderabad, where he lives.

Sujith S.N. has done his Post Graduation from the University of Hyderabad. He sees an ancient struggle in cities between history and the notion of Urbanization and the future. ‘Can India have a truly 'Urban' modern city?’ The artist doubts this as he surveys the utter chaos and bewilderment in a city under construction, trying to cope with the need for expansion and modernization.

It is almost with a sense of despair that the artist witnesses the unplanned and rather ad hoc ‘planning’ or ‘growth’ of Indian Cities. He is rather unnerved by the aspirations of millions of Indians who live in rural areas and hold a desire to migrate to the ‘cities’; cities that are constantly growing to accommodate this influx and can never really pause and get organized enough. He senses the city itself as a living entity struggling to meet the demands of humanity.

Even though the artist is anxious about all this chaos, he beholds in his art, the rhythm and the swing of the machines at work digging up the earth and building the future.

‘Colors of Life’ by Urmil Jain

Senior artist Urmil Jain just showcased her new series of works titled ‘Colors of Life’ at the Museum Art Gallery in Mumbai.

Urmil Jain studied Fine Art at Delhi polytechnic (1954 – 1959) and did her graduation from Punjab University. She spent her formative years under the guidance of renowned Painters like B.C. Sanyal, Sailoz Mukherjee and Biren De. Her latest series was a treat for those who love colors.

The artist works in oil (on canvas), and her work evokes powerful emotions. There is deftness in strokes and her sense of composition is very acute. It is the intense strength of her usage of colors that is instantly striking. She employs colors with vivacity; each daub, each stroke carries in it subtle luminosity. Sharp brushstrokes give her works a bit of austere character.

On eve of her latest solo, she mentioned: “I am in love with colors. They effectively convey emotional expressions, and are like the elixir of my life.” The artist creates pleasant patterns out of them with her imaginative sensibility, and presents aspects of the visual experience that can never become obsolete. She mostly uses oils on canvas and acrylic to depict the various phases in a woman’s life. Going beyond the visual appeal, she uses colors to detoxify her life.

‘In search of the Beloved’ by Bharti Jain

Artist Bharti Jain's latest collections of paintings titled ‘In search of the Beloved’ was just hosted at Jehangir art gallery. Her recent works are based on Meghdootam, an epic by Kalidas. The mixed media works on canvas narrate the drama of Meghdootam pining for his lady love during a year of exile. Meghdootam whispers the address of his beloved in a faraway land to the clouds, gently meandering across the sky.

The artist blends the beauty of figurative with the unexplored world of abstracts. The deft usage of petals and flowers as ornaments and embellishment provide an ethereal feel to the paintings. According to her, ‘painting for me is a momentary resolution - with an urge to experiment continuously with medium, technique, surface, and expression.’

The new series is a byproduct of this quest for innovation resulting into an unfolding of creative experiences of form and formless with pure aesthetic essentials. Her distinctive style of painting compels one to ponder over its essence and meaning.

Nature finds a prominent place in her paintings. Bharti Jain has employed a knife to add a three-dimensional effect to her works. One of the most striking features is Sanskrit calligraphy done on the paintings. The artist has been quoted as saying, “Among contemporary artists, calligraphy is a rarely used form of art. In my paintings, I have actually used the paintbrush to put in the delicate Sanskrit script.”

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