For the past few months art galleries in the city are showcasing several different mediums in the same exhibition space. At the Renaissance Art studio,the initiative has taken a step up. On display from May 7 to May 19 one will find art works by artists all over the country,dabbling in various fields. Right from brass pottery to acrylic paintings the gallery will put forth a mix of art diverse not only in medium but also influences. Titled the Amalgamation,the exhibition brings together close to ten artists from Bhopal,Mumbai,Lonavla and Delhi. For curator Varsha Munot this is an experience that transfers to collaborative learning. When artists with different experiences come together,there is a lot of learning. So we have paintings,studio pottery and sculptures.
The ‘On-Sale’ section of the exhibition is an interesting mix. Munot feels the trend is positive. While the market for paintings was always good,sculptures and pottery is doing well too. We are seeing a good demand for brass-ware specifically. The commercial viability of shows like these has also increased. Art buyers are keen on buying three dimensional work.
The catalogue of artists reflects varied inspirations. Thirty-nine-year old Bhopal based artist Bhawana Choudhary finds solace in depicting nature. Her art work on display is a series of paintings that represent the gulmohar tree. Forty-two-year-old Potter Bhawana Palresha uses the teapot as a motif in her artwork. Based out of Lonavla,Palresha graduated in pottery from Germany before setting up a studio in Lonvala. In her display one can find teapots,bottles,wind-chimes. I will call them non-utility items for decoration. For Amalgamation,I am showcasing bottles,tea cups etc all made of clay. Suhas Sutar’s Hanuman Series also find a place in the exhibition. Sutar’s work speaks of art revival. I have studied metal brass that was used in villages. I have remodelled them and given them the shape of Hanuman.