A show at Jamaat gallery explores the depiction of women in art over the years
With this exhibition,I have looked to bring together works that portray women with different expressions and outlooks, says Pravina Mecklai,proprietor of Jamaat,a gallery in Colaba. The current show,called The Feminine Form,explores how artists have been inspired by the feminine form over the years,and reflects each one’s different portrayal of it.
For this purpose,Mecklai has brought together 10 artists from India,Sri Lanka and Iran. For Samir Mondal,who is showing a series of watercolours on paper,painting the feminine form is nothing new. The feminine form has been very popular in artist communities since the ancient period,and I am no exception, he says. Over the years,women have come into my composition in many ways as a lover,mother,shakti,entertainers,glam girls from magazines,television,and so on. Mondal shows women who are modern,beautiful,strong and bold. Gautam Mukherji,on the other hand,paints Bengali women who are reminiscent of the Bhadralok era. They are domesticated,going about their household rituals and happy to view the outside world from within the comforts of their homes, says Mecklai.
Describing the work of Sri Lankan artist Raja Segar,Mecklai says,He has a very distinctive refractive style. It appears as though his paintings shatter bright white light into shards of brilliant colours,drenching his exotic women. In contrast to Segars work are the charcoal on paper paintings by Mumbai-based Ajay De,portraying gentle and pensive women. Among the other prominent artists taking part in the exhibition are Senaka Senanayake from Sri Lanka; and Shiva Sanjari from Iran.