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Figures of speech

The first chronicled sculptures from the Indian subcontinent date back to the Indus Valley Civilization.

Written by Zaira Arslan |
August 26, 2011 3:20:39 am

Art Musings brings sculptures by some of India’s finest artists to the fore

The first chronicled sculptures from the Indian subcontinent date back to the Indus Valley Civilization. Since then,India has produced some of the most marvelous sculptures in the world,including bronze,brass and rock works,and temple carvings. “Cube”,an exhibition showcasing sculptures takes forward the tradition at Art Musings,Colaba. It features works by some of India’s finest modern-day artists—KS Radhakrishnan,S Nandagopal,Paresh Maity,Satish Gujral and Sakti Burman. These sculptures,in mediums ranging from silver-plated copper to fibreglass and welded copper to bronze will be on display at the gallery,till September 14.

Working primarily with bronze,Kerala-born KS Radhakrishnan’s works involve movement. “My works are figurative,” he says. For this show,he has contributed four bronze sculptures depicting human figures in various positions.

Satish Gujral and Sakti Burman also offer their expertise to the show. All of Gujral’s works have a lot of movement and fluidity. “From the outset,I have sought to find an equivalent of sound,” he says. “I found it in motion and be it painting or sculpture,motion has been a dominant factor.”

The works of S Nandagopal continue to draw from the Madras Movement of Art of the twentieth century. The artist says he creates sculptures that are to be seen from the front. “You always have one angle you are most comfortable with,” he explains. For the exhibition,he has created works in silver-plated copper,brass and welded copper.

In his works on display,Delhi-based Paresh Maity’s focus on the figure,and especially the face,becomes apparent,with two fetching oil on fibreglass works and two bronze works.

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