SONAL VARSHNEYA

SONAL VARSHNEYA

Born- 1985- in Agra has been working for the past 10 years as an independent artist, in the medium of ETCHING in graphics (intaglio). With an MVA in print making from Agra University, Sonal is the proud recipient of the 1st International Print Biennial Lalit Kala Academy New Delhi India, 2018 and an Award at International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taiwan, 2012. She has exhibited widely in group and solo shows in India and abroad.

“I started working with etching and aquatint metal plates and later I combined it with multiple applications. My fascination for etching is basically for strong lines and vivid textures which primarily forms the base of my work.
My recent work are an expression of my understanding of society at a large and in particular womanhood and her existence both biologically and culturally in a patriarchal society. A recurring theme on feminism which I work is the ‘AMBUBACHI’ the symbol of the power of creativity”.

Awards, Scholars & Workshop

  • 2017 National level award, merit award Karnataka lalit kala academy Bangalore.
  • 2016 Mahua art gallery, all India award by Bangalore.
  • 2016 National level art exhibition SCZCC Nagpur by jury award. Hyderabad
  • 2015 Parfulladhanukar art foundation, all India award in print making.
  • 2015 National level art exhibition, SCZCC Nagpur sponsorship, for solo show grand.
  • 2013 National level art exhibition, lalit kala academy, Odisha.
  • 2013 All India art exhibition lalit kala academy lucknow.
  • 2012 International Award at International Biennial Print Exhibition, Taiwan.
  • 2012 All India Women Contemporary Art Exhibition, Chandigarh.
  • 2011 All India Fine arts &crafts society, New Delhi.
  • 2010 Chikituchi, State Art Exhibition, Kanpur.
  • 2010 All India Art Exhibition of Prints, Aranya Art Foundation Kolkata.
  • 2010 Art Mall All India Art Exhibition of Prints, New Delhi.
  • 2009 117 All India Annual Art Exhibition, the Bombay Art Society, Bombay.
  • 2008 27th State Lalit Kala Academy, Lucknow U.P. Awarded for Print Making.
  • 2008 4th Royal Indian Academy Of Art And Culture , Karnataka. Awarded in Printmaking.
  • 2008 Inter State, Folk and Modern, Art Exhibition, Ara, Bihar.
  • 2008 Award of, Som Foundation Trust, in Graphics New Delhi.
  • 2007 21st All India Art Exhibition, Nagpur Ist Prize (Youth Category) In Printmaking.
  • 2005 Sanskar Bharti, Award, Agra.
  • 2006 All India Art Exhibition Tilak Smarak Trust, Pune.
  • 2005 The Founder’s Medal of the Dayal Bagh Educational Institute, Agra

Solo Shows

  • 2016 Exhibition of etching prints, “POPUP SHOW “curated by kanika anand, parked-at & limon by new delhi
  • 2016 Exhibition of etching prints, “AMBUBACHI” curated by museum of goa, Goa
  • 2015 Exhibition of etching prints, “the heroine’s last dreams”, apparao infinity art gallery Chennai.
  • 2014 Exhibition of prints, triveni art gallery, New Delhi.
  • 2013 Exhibition of prints, sponsored by nirmal kuhad rainbow art gallery at Hyderabad -2013
  • 2012 Exhibition of Prints, sponsored by Indian Council of Cultural Relations at Bhopal.

Two Man Shows

  • 2017 “The duo” show at art houz art gallery Chennai
  • 2015 Exhibition of” prints and painting”, at jehengir art gallery, at auditorium hall, Mumbai.

Group Shows

  • 2016 Confluence a curatorial Endeavour show by banayan residency Hyderabad
  • 2015 ART Heritage art gallery summer show new Delhi.
  • 2014 Women’s day art show best art college New Delhi.
  • 2014 Edition print art fair Seoul South Korea.
  • 2014 lalit kala academy New Delhi.
  • 2014 Asian art show in new dehli in aifacs art gallery.
  • 2013 Residency show in art gallery in daejone South Korea.
  • 2013 Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, M.S. University, Vadodara.
  • 2011 AIFAC’S Art Gallery New Delhi.
  • 2011 Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery, M.S. University, Vadodra.
  • 2009 Art 2 Day Gallery, Pune.
  • 2009 Art Gallery Banaras.
  • 2008 Accrete Art Gallery, Udaipur.

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHENEYA

Title: PHOTOSHOOT

Medium: ETCHING-ON-PAPER

Size | Year:  | 2014

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: ETCHING

Size | Year: 19.5" X 32" | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: MAN KI BATT

Medium: ETCHING ON ARCHIVAL PAPER

Size | Year: 57.5" X 55" | 2017

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: ETCHING PANEL OF 12

Medium: ETCHING

Size | Year: 12" x 16" | 2017

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: EMOTICONS

Medium: ETCHING

Size | Year: 15" X 15" | 2019

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: EMOTICONS

Medium: ETCHING

Size | Year: 15" X 15" | 2019

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: EMOTICONS

Medium: ETCHING

Size | Year: 15" X 15" | 2019

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: EMOTICONS

Medium: ETCHING

Size | Year: 15" X 15" | 2019

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 16 X 20 | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20 X 20 | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 18 X 20 | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 18 X 20 | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 15 X 20 | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 18 X 20 | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 16 X 20 | 2015

 

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title: UNTILED

Medium: ETCHING ON PAPER

Size | Year: 18 X 20 | 2015

IAF 2019

It is the age-old question that we all seek the answer to: what is Art?

If the creative process of creating a work of art is too personal and multi-faceted to explain in just a few words, then the perception of it is infinitely more so. Once finished, and in the public eye, the work, in many ways, seems to develop a personality or an identity of its own – one that is exclusive to the eye of the beholder and yet is somehow intrinsically tied to the emotions and experiences of its creator. And there it lives, in perpetual dichotomy – a dual existence that bridges the realms of the artist and the audience.
So, when we ultimately do look at it, what are the different voices that speak to us? How do we see it? And what do we take away from it? Does the artist's intention and thought still ring loud and clear? Or does the materiality of the work, the more tangible aspect of it overpower the experience? And how often does one feed into the other? These are the questions that intrigue us more; and with an eclectic collection of works created by both senior and contemporary artists, that is exactly what we seek answers to.
So go on, tell us, what do you see?


Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI
Title:ACROSS BORDERS & BOUNDARIES
Medium:WOOD, PAPER, ACRYLIC AND TEA STAIN
Size | Year:96" X 120" | 2018

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title:BALANCE

Medium:VARIETY OF WOOD

Size | Year:66" X 24" | 2018

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: DUST (STONE GOLD)

Medium:PAPER, TEA STAIN, WATER COLOUR ANDGRAPHITE ON PLYWOOD

Size | Year: 30" X 30" | 2018

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title:INFINITY

Medium: PAPER, TEA STAIN, WATER COLOUR
AND GRAPHITE ON PLYWOOD

Size | Year:30" X 30" | 2018


Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI
Title:SNIFFER (SEARCHING FOR BOUNDARY)
Medium: PENCIL, ACRYLIC AND TEA STAIN ON USED WOOD
Size | Year:51" X 63" | 2018

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title:  MYSTIC WAVES

Medium: ACRYLIC, PAPER AND PAPER ON PLYWOOD

Size | Year: 66" X 24" | 2018

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title:  SEEED

Medium:  ACRYLIC, PAPER AND PAPER ON PLYWOOD

Size | Year: 48" X 48" | 2018

 

Artist: C.DOUGLAS

Title: MAN AND THE MIRROR

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year:36" X 28" | 2014


Artist: C.DOUGLAS
Title: MAN AND THE MIRROR
Medium:  MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER
Size | Year: 36" X 43" | 2014

Artist: C.DOUGLAS

Title:  BLIND POET & BUTTERFLY

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 44" X 37" | 2018

 

Artist: M SENATHPATHI

Title:  DREAM

Medium:  ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 60" x 48"

 

Artist: M SENATHPATHI

Title:LOVERS

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size | Year:34" X 24"

Artist: M SENATHPATHI

Title: KRISHNA

Medium: ACRYLIC ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 18" x 18"

Artist: SG VASUDEV

Title:  SHE AND MOUNTAIN

Medium: OIL ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 36" X 36" | 2006

 

Artist: SG VASUDEV

Title:  MAN AND ELEPHANT

Medium:  TAPESTRY IN SILK

Size | Year:34" X 32"

 


Artist: SG VASUDEV
Title: SHE
Medium:  TAPESTRY IN SILK
Size | Year: 33" X 31.5"


Artist: SG VASUDEV
Title: THEATRE OF LIFE
Medium:  TAPESTRY IN SILK
Size | Year: 35" X 35"

Artist: SARAVANAN PARASURAMAN

Title:  ACCUMULATION

Medium: FIBERGLASS AND STEEL BALLS

Size | Year: 36"X36"X4" | 2018

 

Artist: SARAVANAN PARASURAMAN

Title:  ACCUMULATION

Medium:  FIBERGLASS AND STEEL BALLS

Size | Year: 36"X36"X5"| 2018

 

Artist: RM PALANIAPPAN

Title:SPACE DRAWING BY 11TH FLIGHT

Medium: MIXED MEDIA GRAPHIC

Size | Year:22" X 30" | 1983

Artist: RM PALANIAPPAN

Title: DOCUMENT BERC

Medium: MIXED MEDIA PRINT & DRAWING

Size | Year: 22"X 30" | 1988

Artist: RM PALANIAPPAN

Title: ENERGY, LAND ARCHITETURE-IV

Medium: LITHOGRAPHY

Size | Year:30" X 22" | 1993

Artist:JANARTHANAN R

Title:  NEST

Medium:  IRON

Size | Year: 79"X50"X4" | 2018

 


Artist: JANARTHANAN R
Title: NEST
Medium:  IRON
Size | Year: 58"X42"X4" | 2018

Artist: JANARTHANAN R
Title: NEST
Medium:  IRON
Size | Year: 66"X30"X4" | 2018

Artist: JANARTHANAN R
Title: NEST
Medium:  IRON
Size | Year: 66"X17"X4" | 2018

Artist:JANARTHANAN R

Title:  NEST

Medium:  STAINLESS STEEL

Size | Year:61"X19"X4" | 2018

 


Artist: HARISH OJHA
Title: OJHA KA INARA
Medium:  MIX MEDIA ON BOARD
Size | Year: 15"X15" (EACH) | 2018

Artist: HARISH OJHA
Title: HOMELAND
Medium:  MIX MEDIA ON BOARD
Size | Year: 17"X17" (EACH) | 2018

Artist: HARISH OJHA
Title: MILLIONS INLET
Medium:  MIX MEDIA ON CANVAS BOARD
Size | Year: 34"X40" | 2018

Artist: HARISH OJHA

Title:  PROCESS

Medium:  MIXED MEDIA ON BOARD

Size | Year: 37" X 51" | 2018

 


Artist: HARISH OJHA
Title: MOTHER LAND
Medium:  MIX MEDIA ON BOARD
Size | Year: 22"X22" | 2018

Artist: HARISH OJHA
Title: GERMINATION
Medium:  MIX MEDIA ON BOARD
Size | Year: 22" X 22" | 2018

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA
Title: ETCHING PANEL OF 12
Medium:  ETCHING
Size | Year: 12" x 16" (each) | 2017

Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA

Title:  MAN KI BAAT

Medium:  ETCHING ON ARCHIVAL PAPER

Size | Year: 57.5" X 55" | 2017

 


Artist: SONAL VARSHNEYA
Title: EMOTICONS
Medium:  ETCHING
Size | Year: 15" X 15" EACH | 2019

Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM
Title: FANTASY 1
Medium:  PEN AND INK ON TERRACOTTA ROOF TILES
Size | Year: 12"X5.5" | 2019

Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM
Title: FANTASY 2
Medium:  PEN AND INK ON TERRACOTTA ROOF TILES
Size | Year: 12"X5.5" | 2019

Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM

Title:  FANTASY 3

Medium:  PEN AND INK ON TERRACOTTA ROOF TILES

Size | Year: VARIATION IN SIZE | 2019

 


Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM
Title: FANTASY 4
Medium:  PEN AND INK ON TERRACOTTA ROOF TILES
Size | Year: VARIATION IN SIZE | 2019

Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM
Title: FANTASY 6
Medium:  PEN AND INK ON TERRACOTTA ROOF TILES
Size | Year: VARIATION IN SIZE | 2019

Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM
Title: FANTASY 7
Medium:  PEN AND INK ON TERRACOTTA ROOF TILES
Size | Year: 10.6" X 5.5" | 2019

Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM

Title:  FLIGHT OF FANTASY 1

Medium:  ACRYLIC PEN AND INK ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 36" X 36" | 2019

 


Artist: PRADEEPKUMAR DM
Title: FLIGHT OF FANTASY 2
Medium:  ACRYLIC PEN AND INK ON CANVAS
Size | Year: 36" X 36" | 2019

Artist: AVIJEET SINGH
Title: IN BETWEEN LINES
Medium:  PRINT, IRONNET & COLLEGE MOUNT
Size | Year: 18 BLOCK EACH 10"X 8" | 2019

Artist: AVIJEET SINGH
Title: URBAN TREE -II
Medium:  ETCHING
Size | Year:  23" X 17.5" | 2012

Artist: AVIJEET SINGH

Title:  IN BETWEEN LINES II

Medium:  ETCHING PRINTS & COLLAGE ON PAPER

Size | Year: 69" X 41.5" (EACH) | 2018

 


Artist: AVIJEET SINGH
Title: SHADOW OF THE CITY-II
Medium:  DRAWING & BURNT ON RICE PAPER
Size | Year: 31.5" X 21.5" | 2018

Artist: YUVAN BOTHYSATHUVAR
Title: DILEMMA
Medium:  MAGAZINE PAPER ON PLYWOOD
Size | Year: 36"X72"(DIPTIC 36"X36") | 2018

Artist: YUVAN BOTHYSATHUVAR
Title: DILEMMA
Medium:  CANSON PAPER,NEWS PAPER ON PLYWOOD
Size | Year:  36"X72"(DIPTIC EACH 36"X36") | 2018

The Print Makers

The Print Makers
An Exhibition of printmaking in South India

Etching
An Intaglio process in which the image is marked on the metal plate by exposing it to the corrosive action of acid. The plate is first coated with acid resisting material such as wax, bitumen or resin ground. Then the design is scratched on it using a needle revealing the metal which is progressively bitten when the plate is immersed in acid. The reverse and edge of the plate is protected by varnish. The plate is then inked and printed

Aquatint
A process of achieving tones by etching a plate covered with fine resin dust. The white areas of the design are blocked with varnish and when the plate is immersed in acid is only bitten between each particle of dust. Apart from the strength of the acid used, the time given for biting is the decisive factor for the tone achieved

Woodcut
A relief print gouged out of the long grain of a plank of wood. The image is printed from the raised surface of the block from which the white areas of the design have been cut away

Dry Point
A mark made directly on the plate not by engraving but scratching with a sharp pointed tool. The sliver of metal raised during the process is left intact on the plate thus retaining an excess of ink which produces a soft blur to the printed line

Viscosity
In this method mult-icolour prints is obtained from a single plate which is so etched as to form different levels. Inks of various colour and viscosity are applied to the different levels with the help of rollers of various degrees of softness, the softest one being used to reach the bottom most layer

Screen print
A process which is particularly suited to make prints with large or flat colour areas on various kinds of surface. Gestural marks are achieved by stopping areas with a liquid which hardens to form an impenetrable barrier to the ink. Ink is squeezed over the entire screen with a rubber blade which forces it through the uncovered areas of the screen to print a uniform tone. This is popular because it requires relatively little equipment and unlike other processes the image is not reversed

Lithograph
The basic principle of lithography is the antipathy of oil and water. The design is drawn on the plate, traditionally a slab of limestone with a greasy crayon or ink. The design is fixed with dilute acid which turns the visible surface mark into a latent image. The image is moistened with water which is retained by the areas not affected by grease. An oily ink is applied with a roller which is repelled by the moist areas.

Artist: Vijay Pichumani

Title: Untitled

Medium: Wood Cut Print

Size | Year: 84 x 48 in | 2016

 

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Artist: Vinay Kumar

Title: Apple of the virgin

Medium: Etching

Size | Year: 18x 15 in

Artist: Vinay Kumar

Title: Apple of the virgin

Medium: Etching

Size | Year: 18 x 15 in

 

Artist: K Vysali

Title: The Globe

Medium: Etching

Size | Year: 11 x 12 inch | 2013

Artist: Ashok Kumar Gopalan

Title:  Untitled

Medium:  Lithograph

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Artist: Kesav Rao

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Artist: Tom Vattakuzhy

Title:  Untitled

Medium: Etching

Size | Year:  | 1997

Artist: Zakkir Hussain

Title:  Earth's Wounded Drawing

Medium:  Etching

Size | Year:  | 2013

Between Black & White

Between Black & White
an exhibiton of woodcut prints - vijay pichumani

"I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white.
I see more in black and white - I like the abstraction of it.
" ……. Mary Ellen Mark.

Vijay Pichumani is known for his contemporary style of woodcuts and this show is primarily about showcasing his early series of wood cut. Vijay known for his massive size of woodcut, here in this show we will be displaying around 20 prints.
Soon after college, his family wanted him to earn money and contribute to expenses. So he went back to his village. There, amidst the quarrel about his future, Pichumani heard tens of crow's quibbling outside. Ï felt it was similar to the fight in my family” he says. Rushing out he found one crow dead and hordes flying around in circles, cawing. Enthralled by the scene, he began to draw the birds. Soon after he convinced his family and came back to Chennai. Here he found a dead crow. He picked it up brought it back to the studio and started studying it, thus beginning his crow series. For four years he studied nature and the elements.
“The art of printmaking is a visual exploration of using nature to portray my eye from my perspective. I follow woodcut a relief printing technique in printmaking. The wood used for printmaking is a gift from nature. I combine my thoughts, feelings, and emotions with the wood, making it meaningful and vibrant says the 30 year old artist.
Vijay Pichumani born in 1987 in Kanya Kumari in Tamil, Vijay Pichumani currently works in Chennai , he has completed his BFA in 2009 and MFA in 2011, both from the Government college of Arts and Crafts. Chennai. Both times he was awarded the best outgoing student award in 2012, He received State Award by the Oviya Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai and a Scholarship grant from the Lalit Kala Academy, he has been awarded by the Foundations such as Arnavas Vasudev and Chandra Ilango Art Foundation. Vijay is also the receipt of the Jennifer Neblett Memorial Award for best student in Print Making. Vijay is the recipient of the prestigious 56th National Award for Wood Cut Print.

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: INSTINCT

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT

Size | Year: 48" X 96" | 2012

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: UNITY

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD

Size | Year: 48" X 96" | 2012

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: SEED

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 24" X 72" | 2015

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: COLLEGE ROAD

Medium: WOODCUT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 72" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: HARMONY

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 48" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: THE GUARD

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 48" | 2015

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: THE MYSTICAL WAVES

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 15" X 15" | 2015

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: TOIL

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 84" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: JOURNEY

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 96" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: WOODCUT

Size | Year: 96" X 48" | 2012

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: JOURNEY OF THE EYE

Medium: WOODCUT

Size | Year: 12" X 36" | 2011

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: JOURNEY OF THE EYE

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 12" X 36" | 2011

 

Nature

Nature

That gives us a lot to work with! Nature is both all around us and deep within us. We are inseparable from nature - our bodies, lives and minds depend on the air we breathe and the food we eat. The earth sustains our very life force. Without the earth - without nature - what would we be?

Artwork based on nature can take many forms and serve many purposes. Because "nature" is such an immense topic that encompasses so many things, I can only provide a partial list of the various subtopics that may appear in nature-related artwork:

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

 

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

Artist: K BHASKARAN

Title:UNTITLED

Medium:WATERCOLOR ON PAPER

Size | Year: 20" X 28" | 2012

LANDS, MYTHS AND CULTURES

Art Houz Chennai’s latest show ‘Of Land, Myth and Culture’ brought together seven dynamic artists who, through powerful visual narratives, explored the unlimited capacity of thoughts and ideas that sustain the adversity of time and human condition.
For the show, they engaged centuries of popular culture – from Greek mythology and Mughal legacy to the more pressing questions on ‘self’ and cultural identity – to create works that reshaped experience. Taking influence from their surroundings and personal experiences and combining them with the stories they grew up listening to, the participating artists – Bhaskaran Bara, Chithra E G, Jitha Karthikeyan, K L Leon, Madhu Venugopalan, Mithra Kamalan and Sanam C Narayanan – exhibited works that portrayed the dichotomy of perceived time and legacy. Riddled with mysteries and nostalgia of times long past, the works were of culture that has withstood the sands of time.

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MONOLOGUE OF MEMORY

MONOLOGUE OF MEMORY-MONISHA MOHANRAJ

My art work feeds on the deep concept of memories which opens up new possibilities to explore. I always believed that mind or manas is not something that belonged to the brain but it dwells deep within every cell of the body. The English word ‘Mind’ doesn’t say anything because it is just one generic word, which does not describe different dimensions of what the mind is. In yogic culture, there is no such thing as mind, just physical body and mental body. What we are calling mind right now is a certain combination of memory and intelligence. There is more memory in our body than in mind. Today if I carry the looks of my grandmother and talent of my great grandfather then it is through this memory.

We don’t remember a thing consciously but our body remembers one hundred percent. Our mind is not capable of this kind of memory. Our thought process however is only the data that we already gathered. That means, we can never think anything new, you can rehash it, you can produce permutations or combinations of it but we cannot produce something absolutely new. It is not in the very nature of the thought to come up with something new. It can only recycle the past. The works are based on a carefully selected thread of memories which lingers within, something that everyone could associate with their life. The forms that appear in my work transcends directly from those memories. It is the only proof from past to prove that one has lived a life so far and it acts as a guideline to the future. When mind is erased, then there no link to the realm of one’s past or his roots. Similarly anything that exists on this planet has a memory too.

As endless as this ideas go, my interest are only with object that holds memory from the past. Let it be the memory of first day at school, first crush, first failure or first success, it is all shelved deep within us, molding us. Yet, it remains dormant until something triggers it. Something that helps us recall our past; a simple toy in a toy shop which one must have used when he was a kid or grandmother’s hand knitted bag that came into your possession, constantly remind of her. This mind as a pendulum which osculates from past to present fascinates me; especially that particular object that connects the past and present moment. This object became the subject matter. Further the transparency of the medium allows visual play in light. It also allows the image to levitate. The image, when it appears in the canvas seems to be raptured or broken; symbolically indicate that memory tend to fade over time, constantly replacing with another. I also believe that everything on this planet is connected with one another. So, I associate myself with other animals for its distinctive character. The lines and strokes in my paintings are patterns driven from nature.

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: White Gown

Medium: Mixed Media on paper

Size | Year: 2016

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: SKIN

Medium: Mixed Media on Wood

Size | Year: 25" x 18" | 2014

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: POD

Medium: Mixed Media on Silk Screen

Size | Year: 13.5" x 13.5" | 2015

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: Womb

Medium: Mixed Media on Silk Screen

Size | Year: 13.5" x 13.5" | 2015

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: Broken

Medium: Pen and ink on paper

Size | Year: 24" x 18" | 2015

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: Ideal Women

Medium: Mixed Media on paper

Size | Year: 36" x 60" | 2015

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: Ideal Women

Medium: Mixed Media on Silk Screen

Size | Year: 15" x 15" | 2015

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: Iam faceless because I was thought so

Medium: Pen , Ink & Shell on paper

Size | Year: 2016

Artist: MONISHA MOHANRAJ

Title: Scattered Thoughts

Medium: Shell on Paper

Size | Year: | 2015

C DOUGLAS

C DOUGLAS

Born in Kerala, India, 1951; lives and works in Chennai, India

Douglas started his career as a painter at the age of 20 when he travelled to Chennai (then Madras) to enrol himself at the Government College of Arts and Crafts. Douglas' telling of his own artistic journey has a sense of open-endedness. He describes it at different times as a process of 'learning and unlearning', an 'eternal postponement' in finding the meaning of life. In his works, that imbibe all his various experiences – from Kerala to Cholamandal to West Germany and back – he arrives at a universalised figure that approximates both subliminal depths and analysis.
A winner of several accolades and honours, including awards from the Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai (1980); Bharat Bhavan Biennale (1990); National Award (Paintings, 1992, 1993) and the Charles Wallace Trust award (1994), Douglas has been a part of numerous solo and group shows across Europe and Asia. Selected individual exhibitions of his works have been displayed at Sri Parvati Gallery, Chennai, 2014; Focus Art Gallery, Chennai, 2012; Ashvitha Gallery, Chennai, 2006; Akar Prakar, Kolkata, 2006; Jehangir Gallery, Mumbai, 2006; Schoo's Gallery, Amsterdam, 1993; European Parent Office Gallery, Munich, 1986; Bayerishes Verines Bank, Garmish, 1983 and Gallery Am Horwath Haus, Murnau, Germany, 1982.
Selected group exhibitions include: Busan Biennale, South Korea, 2015; Signals. Signposts. Voyages 4 from the Madras Movement, 2014; Vintages, Passages, Parables, Gallery Time and Space, Bengaluru, 2013; Tactile, Latitude 28, New Delhi, 2012; Metaphor and Beyond, Gallery 88, Kolkata, 2010; Sites of Recurrence, DakshinaChitra, Chennai and Boras Museum, Sweden , 2003; Embarkations, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 1999; Rediscovering Roots, Lima, 1998; Cryptograms, Lakeeran Gallery, Mumbai, 1997; Indian Art Since Post Independence, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi, 1996; View from the Edge, Sakshi Gallery, 1995; and Artist Beyond Boundaries, Netherlands, 1995.
C Douglas is represented by Art Houz Gallery, Chennai, India.

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title:

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 11" X 7.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title:

Medium:  MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 8.2" X 6" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title:

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 11" X 7.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 11" X 7.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 11" X 7.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium:  MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 8" X 5.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: BLIND POET & BUTTERFLY

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 11" X 7.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 5" X 3.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 8" X 10" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium:  MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 6.4" X 7.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: BLIND POET & BUTTERFLY

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 7" X 6.5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON PAPER

Size | Year: 7" X 5" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: BLIND POET & BUTTERFLY

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD

Size | Year: 48" X 48" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium:  MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 23" X 30" | 2014

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTILED

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 36" X 28"

Artist: C. DOUGLAS

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON CANVAS

Size | Year: 23" X 27" | 2014

SCAFFOLD

Self, memories and perceptions…

Scaffold has been a space where we three artists interact through senses and thoughts. It provided the opportunity to explore and exhibit our inhibitions and experiences. The previous ventures talked about social, economic and geological observations into art forms. As we grow through interactions, experience and self-questioning the identities become more of a voyage on the self, memories and perceptions…

As moving ahead, we are not dithering ourselves from talking the truthfulness we inhibit. The three artists here might be individuals in gathering and learning but as a team we put forward oneness. This show talks about the identification we have found in us, and how we got hold of these identities and explored ourselves.
Shinod Akkaraparambil, takes the most petted animal as his metaphor to communicate the goodness and evilness in the society and environment. He metaphors ‘ dog’ and transforms visuals with ‘mating’ to speak about the good and bad.
Sujeeth Kumar Sree kandan. Has confined to memories of his travels to mountains and forests and also attempted to question himself about Time& Space.
Vijay Pichumani speaks about his self and body as an art form which transverse into the experiences and feels, the dilution of the wholeness, the body into the nature.

Scaffold

Artist: Shinod Akkaraparambil

Title:I don’t want to swear you…

Medium: Watercolour on bokingford

Size | Year: 30 X 22 inch | 2017

Artist:Shinod Akkaraparambil

Title: I don’t want to swear you…

Medium:Watercolour on Saunders Waterford

Size | Year: 40 X 60 inch | 2017

 

Artist: Sujeeth Kumar SREE KANDAN

Title:  “Memories of mountains”

Medium: Watercolour

Size | Year: 36”X 36” | 2017

 

Artist: Vijay Pichumani

Title:MORTAL IN MY BOADY

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD

Size | Year:  | 2017

Artist:Shinod Akkaraparambil

Title: “Questioned time and space, but it whacked me back…”

Medium: 

Size | Year: | 2017

 

Artist: Sujeeth Kumar SREE KANDAN

Title:  “The trees dance as fire engulfing it…”

Medium: 

Size | Year:   | 2017

 

Real and Ethereal

Real and Ethereal
C.S. Krishna Setty

Art Houz Bengaluru presents Real and Ethereal, a solo exhibition of new and recent works by C.S. Krishna Setty, one of the most significant artists currently shaping the contours of Indian contemporary art. Throughout his career, Setty has been well known for his works that relentlessly challenge the accepted notions of desire, sexuality, tradition and language but still celebrate the poignancy of human experiences.
He constructs narratives that allure one into a rather a dream-like domain; and in the process reveal an ethereal platform that somehow seems more tangible than reality itself. Mostly in ink or pastel, the works seem to hold up a mirror to the society at large, reflecting back the collective fervour and intensity that constantly shifts and transforms with the tireless cycle of time. Profound and powerful, the representations here are vastly metaphorical; yet are still grounded within concepts of politics, literature and the more nuanced understanding of a human life, our basic necessities, livelihoods and our deepest and the most secret desires.

Born in 1952, an eminent artist, art critic and columnist, C. S. Krishna Setty hails from Thirthahalli, Shimoga District, Karnataka. He pursued Fine Arts from the University College of Art, Davangere, and commenced research in graphics from Garhi Studios, New Delhi. He holds a Post Graduate degree in Literature from Mysore University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

C. S. Krishna Setty is the former Chairman and Administrator of Central Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, and has served as the Chairman of Karnataka Lalithakala Academy. He was also the Chairman of the steering committee of the first Print Biennale India, 2018, held in New Delhi. He has been awarded the prestigious Honorary Membership of Russian Academy in Moscow, 2017. Following artists Satish Gujral and Om Prakash, C. S. Krishna Setty is the third artist from India to be honoured with this award.. He is also the recipient of numerous awards such as the Vincent Van Gogh Award; Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Rathna National Award and Kala Tapasvi Awards. He has served as the jury member of National Film Awards in 2016 and was the international jury member of the Bangla Biennale 2018.

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 15" x 11"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 15" x 11"

 

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 19" x 14"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON CANVAS

Size : 30" x 34"

 

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 14" x 20"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 21" x 29"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 21" x 29"