Inspired by open skies and lush green fields,Pune-based artist Anjali Hugay will exhibit 100 of her paintings in the city.
Subtle sunshine falling gently on a hut that stands off an unpaved road. The trees that line the endless road on either sides,complimenting the blue skies. Artist Anjali Hugay came across this scenic beauty during a road trip from Pune to Satara this year. During the journey,she kept translating the visual beauty on to the canvas. Alongside this painting,stands another painting that transports you to a place where the ground is carpeted with a velvety green grass,complimented by tall trees and a river flowing through. It is a spot in Konkan where Hugay went for a trek a few months ago. A series of 100 such paintings that depict Indian countryside will be showcased at the Balgandharva Art Gallery,J M Road,from April 12 to 14.
Over two years ago,Hugay quit her job as an electrical engineer to follow her heart. Without any formal training in art,she painted whatever caught her fancy. I did not go to any art school but I knew I was good at it since childhood, says the 45-year-old,adding that as a child,she would spend hours with her drawing book,watercolours and paint brushes.
She won many awards and certificates during her school days. Later,as she joined college,painting took a backseat and studies became her priority. Post her higher education,Hugay worked for 18 years in the field of electronic engineering.
Now,with time in her hands,Hugay loves to explore the countryside and paint landscapes that inspire her. Living in Pune has been of much advantage to the painter,who works with oil paint as a medium. If you travel just one or two hours away from the city,you will see the countryside. These scenic and visual elements have a calming effect on your nerves, she says.
Hugay presented her first exhibition in Pune in February 2012. She was an active participant at the Pune Biennale,which was held in January this year. Her works were also part of the Kala Ghoda Festival held in Mumbai in February 2013. The 100 paintings that will be exhibited at the show were made by Hugay over the past two and a half years.
One thing that she loves the most about the countryside is the silence it offers for painters,which she finds hard to get in the hustle and bustle of Pune.
When I visit the countryside,I sit down with my canvas and make bold stokes,which I refine with details at my studio in my apartment in Bibvewadi, says Hugay.