Charmed to Charm

An ongoing exhibition in the city brings on canvas the metaphysical beliefs of 20 artists in a contemporary form

Written by Rushil Dutta | Published: August 14, 2013 1:21 am

We wanted to work with the theme of good luck in a season filled with religious festivities,” says Munira Soni,an art consultant with Samsara,which has brought together works of 20 artists from across India at Either Or Galleria in an exhibition titled “Strokes of Luck”.

Although the exhibition’s title may suggest a restricted scope,the paintings portray a wide mix of themes — from portraits of Buddha and mystical musings to Hindu mythology,totems and superstitions. The works are pleasant manifestations of the artists’ metaphysical beliefs executed in a contemporary fashion.

Pune-based artist Jayesh Sachdev has a Buddha painting on display. Talking about his Buddha series,he says,“Some years ago,I had a mental block and was running out of ideas. I chanced upon a classical style of painting called pointilism,which — as the name suggests — involves painting with dots.” Sachdev has his roots in pop art,his heroes being Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.

The wall which hosts Sachdev’s Buddha has Mumbai-based Dileep Sharma’s nimbu-mirchi totem at its left end. Sharma,a printmaker by training,was vexed by the limited hues his trade allowed him to play with. So he quit printmaking in 2004 and sought asylum in the colourful worlds of pop art and kitsch. Nimbu-mirchi exemplifies his body of work.

“It is said to ward off evil but still most of us don’t react to it pleasantly. Through this work,I wanted to portray it as a commonplace motif in the Indian way of life,” says Sharma.

Delhi-based Seema Kohli showcases the concept of Ardhanarishwara from Hindu mythology. “Ardhanarishwara symbolises the balance of life. Oriental philosophy sees it as yin and yang,Hinduism as Shiva and Shakti. It is a force,half man-half woman,which is the source of all creation and consciousness,” says Kohli,who has represented her perception in her painting.

Strokes of Luck is on at Either Or Galleria,Sohrab Hall,

till August 25

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