Art of the matter

They may not be names in the art scene,but they surely have the passion towards their artistry and an eye of appreciating beauty.

Written by EXPRESS FEATURES SERVICE | Published:March 8, 2009 5:51 am

They may not be names in the art scene,but they surely have the passion towards their artistry and an eye of appreciating beauty. And when these budding artists wield their paintbrush,the forms and colours come direcly from the heart. They are two ladies from Adipur (Kutch) — Chanda J Bhatti and Nikita Dave — who are showing their paintings at the Anayas Art Gallery in Ahmedabad. Also part of the exhibition are works of their teacher Kamal Kishmi,a senior artist with the Indian Institute of Sindhology.

While Nikita has a strong penchant for portraying women — their beauty and their inner strength,Chanda’s canvases present a colourful mix of figuratives as well as Nature. The latter’s works incorporate the use of oil,water colour and even cosmetics — she has a portrait done using lipsticks,lip-liners,kohl etc.

Her body of work also includes subjects like peace,as she describes one of her paintings that shows a dove sitting on a barbed border and river flowing across the two divided land. “When God doesn’t differentiate between his creations,why is man creating rifts and building borders?” she questions. Nikita’s works are more feminine. “Woman is the most beautiful creation of God. She has the strength to move on despite the obstacles that she faces,” she says. In fact,her works can be better described as portrayal of her own feelings.

Also a fashion designer,Nikita is particularly attached to one of her works – the one on he 26/11 Mumbai mayhem,which shows the Taj Hotel in flames and Gandhiji weeping in agony. “I feel if Gandhiji had witnessed this,this would have been his reaction. He would have wondered what has become of our country,” says Nikita,who was tormented to see the attack and wishes to gift this piece to Ratan Tata. Kishmi’s works comprise his portraits done during the initial years of his profession as well as paintings that celebrate womanhood and the spiritual aspect of death as a journey to a new life.

Today is the last day of the exhibition.

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