Eastern Voices

This group exhibition will bring out the best of young,contemporary art and sculpture from Bengal

Written by Shruti Nambiar | Published: April 5, 2012 2:32 am

This group exhibition will bring out the best of young,contemporary art and sculpture from Bengal

Starting today,Ark Art Gallery and Studio on North Main road,Koregaon Park,will host a two-day group exhibition that will display some of best of the contemporary colours of Bengal art. Simply titled,’Art of Bengal’,the collection will feature the mix media works of about 20 artists based in Kollkata and Shantiniketan. The exhibition came about when the Ark Art Gallery approached city-based art collector Priya Gupta to contribute paintings for a showcasing. She also operates Colours of Bengal,an online directory of Bengal artists and their works. “One will notice that there are hardly any abstracts in this collection. I made a conscious effort to pick paintings that are attractive,because the clientèle here prefers to buy art from an interiors point of view,” Gupta says.

The collection on display is suffused with colours and has clean forms to offer,and holds a contemporary edge over the old Bengal School of Art style. “I also had the works of some other top artists but I did not put them up as nobody may buy them,” says Gupta. The exhibition will,for the most part,feature portraits and also some sculptures,all carefully priced to keep them market-happy and accessible. “The artists’ names may be big but buyers usually buy to fill spaces on their walls or match their décor with something pretty,” adds Gupta.

One of the artists whose work will be up for display is Kolkata-based bronze sculptor,Uma Roy Chowdhury. She has been pursuing her art for the past 17 years and continues to divide time between India and Germany,where she received training. “The style of my work is western,but my theme is always Indian,” she says. Her works usually travel a broad introspective range on human emotions and expression. “But,maybe because I am a woman,I understands female expression better and present it more often,” she says. Apart from bronze reflections on Tagore’s Charulata,she also focuses on the ideas of re-birth,on relationships between men and women,and how the pen is mightier than force.

(Art of Bengal will be open today and tomorrow at Ark Art Gallery between 11 am and 8 pm)

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