Ludhiana-based art promoter Tejinder Ladi Singh realises how important it is for artists to have a platform to express themselves and reach out to new audiences. So,he has put together a group show called Artists Speak,which brings together new as well as experienced hands working in the fields of painting,sculpture,photography and graphic art. Hyphen Art,my company,was born out of my belief that art is a way to express visions that are beyond words. Also,artists in Punjab need more avenues to showcase their work, says Ladi,an artist himself,who has 15 of his works also on display. Working in the medium of oil pastels,he has experimented and developed subtle techniques to bring out vibrant colours. Some of his works here were also displayed at the India Art Fair in Delhi,including those on rights for lesbian and gay marriages,emancipation of gender,linguistic wars in India and a subtle work on the Delhi gang rape. We dont need candles to dispel darkness; inner enlightenment is most important, he says.
Joining him in the show is Kamal Nath from Saharanpur who works with acrylics on themes of nature,love and music. I work with vibrant colours so that my works exude an energy, says Nath. While one series depicts women playing the flute and harp,another series shows them enjoying the beauty of nature. The eternal love of Radha and Krishna and other couples in love are depicted in works by Nath. On the other hand,Mannat Preet Kaur and Mandeep Singh Manu have experimented with digital art to create interesting visual impacts.
The exhibition is on till May 20 at Punjab Kala Bhawan,Sector 16,Chandigarh.