The Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath hosted an exhibition of paintings titled ‘Art by 8’, a congregation of artworks by eight artists from Mumbai. Sharad Tawade, Sunil Pujari, Vikrant Shitole, Vivek Prabhukeluskar, Anand Mahajani, Daniel Talegaonkar, Kailas Anyal and Santosh Sawant were the participating artists. While the exhibits of each of the artists were unique in the usage of colour and technique, a common theme of the humdrum of daily life could be observed.
Anyal’s paintings largely deployed water colours in earthy tones of brown, maroon and dull gold. Musicians were depicted in varied postures. But the takeaway from Sanyal’s work would be the ‘mixed medium’ range of paintings. It involves a mixture of paint, ink and collage in a manner that results in a 3D effect, with subjects protruding from the frame. ‘Colourful Chaos’ which showcased the spillage of a multitude of colours from a tube, was particularly striking.
Pujari has a particular fascination for the sea, evident from his work where the image of sea waves crashing against rocks is quite prominent. Blue, white and black have been extensively used in his paintings.
Sawant has eye-catching portraits to his credit. There is one of a bedridden old man whose skeletal structure communicates the possibility of life ebbing out of his body. Sawant has also channelled his travel experiences into art with the depiction of a palatial building in Jodhpur, Rajasthan.
There is a sense of melancholyin Tawade’s work; it is palpable in the image of a truck on a desolate street, a hutment located on an isolated land, in dilapidated structure which betray beauty in its imperfection. The unassuming charm of rural life seems to have had a deep impact on Tawade. The greenery of villages figure prominently in his paintings.
Talegaonkar’s work is particularly unique as he has relied on the technique of monochrome i.e., the usage of black and white alone. Less is more for this artist who finds expression in minimalism. Like his fellow artists at the exhibition, Talegaonkar’s subjects are ordinary and compel the viewer to look at everyday experiences in a more observant manner.
Innocence and optimism shone through the paintings by Prabhakeluskar who portrayed babies as dancers, decked up in all their finery. Indian dance forms including Kuchipudi, Kathak, Kathakali, Bharatanatyam were depicted. Chubby-faced children with facial expressions of grace in an adult dancer is a contrast that is sure to elicit a few smiles among art lovers.