Story of man and art (Part I)

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Story of man and art (Part I)

Early man painting his hands, Cueva de las Manos, Perito Moreno, Argentina, dated 13,000-9,000 BCE Visual art could have been the first expression of human being, at least that is what we believe from the found evidences. He could not talk in a language like today and lived in smaller groups, each group having its own way to communicate. He thus left behind images; wonderstruck images of bison and deer, of tigers and hunting and of his own hand prints. Human told everybody that he existed! All these exuberant cave paintings, almost 30,000 to 20,000 years old, may or may...

Colours make our lives alive

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Colours make our lives alive

Colours make our lives alive! We identify characteristics of objects with colours; we ignite our taste buds with colours. Colours can make or break our concepts of the society in which we live. Yet beyond these concepts, colours do have their psychological and physical impact on human body and mind. With the onset of festive seasons, let us begin with how we can create mood or environment with colours! Tropical countries like India generally have full three seasons, summer, winter and rains. Each season is associated with its own festivals, colours and moods. Summers inherently are hot in nature and...

What do you buy when you buy art (part I)

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What do you buy when you buy art (part I)

Art has been regarded as a luxury or fancies of collectors, quite a few times objects of status quo since centuries. Fortunately the 21st century came with new ideas of lifestyle and art became more a part of people’s lives beyond museums and gallery spaces. Yet a large number of population may still regard purchasing art an unnecessary activity, a dead investment in the days of mutual funds or precious metal and stones. Why to buy art then? What do we really bring back when we purchase a piece of art? Does staying with a sculpture or a painting in...

Landscapes and Memories in Art ~Hemant Gavankar

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Landscapes and Memories in Art ~Hemant Gavankar

Landscapes are a favourite with art lovers. When one wishes to put up an art piece in their homes, the natural choice goes to landscapes, of deep forests and beautiful seashores. Young artists when beginning their art career commence with landscapes, painting the places and spaces they see in their vicinity. Every monsoon attracts landscape camps, where artists gather to paint the picturesque. The natural attraction to landscapes could be because firstly everyone has experienced them physically, and secondly for one and all and understand what has been painted. But are landscapes limited to just what we see and to...

Painter’s pride: A portrait of Baburao Sadwelkar - Ciby Samuel

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Painter’s pride: A portrait of Baburao Sadwelkar            - Ciby Samuel

Portraiture could be said as the most alluring of arts that could be appreciated by any and every one alike. One cannot but marvel at the grand portraits of kings, queens and noblemen in palaces and museums! But in today’s age with the advent of photography and craze of selfies, this art has taken a back foot in terms of connoisseurship. Akin to seeing commercial portraits, people today enjoy just the likeness. But for an artist, portraiture means a plethora of explorations. This blog explores the idea of portraiture with renowned artist Baburao Sadwelkar’s self-portrait. Ciby Samuel is a young...

What do you Buy when you Buy Art?

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What do you Buy when you Buy Art?

With consumerisation, we buy branded clothes from malls which look exactly the same everywhere. So we probably have a shirt that an African and American would be wearing the same time as we are. We buy products which are exact copies of each other, which have got certain ‘social status’ and again could be the same in all homes. So in a globalised world, we live in identical homes, with similar looking furniture, wearing exactly the same clothes! And yet when it comes to art, and we hear the word ‘Print’, we suddenly shrink its value in our minds. If...

The Story of Man and Art (Part IV): Art as Science

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The Story of Man and Art (Part IV): Art as Science

Christopher Columbus in the 15th century set out his sails and began a voyage of lifetime, to find the coast of India and discovered the treasure trove of America. Columbus was living legend in his time, one of the most popular figures in the period when art became the way to pave science. By the 12th-13th century, the world had expanded its horizons and had come to exist in the geographical demarcations that we live in today. Europe with its extensive trade and India with its reach raw material, fine cloth and maritime excellency had reached the epitome of splendor. Central Asia...

Story of Man and art (part III): Art as Philosophy

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Story of Man and art (part III): Art as Philosophy

Parallel to the western civilizations (mind you we are referring to Europe since United States of America was not as it is today), the eastern, Asian countries had a completely different way of looking at art. Art was intrinsic part of culture for them, for us and still is to a large extent. Unlike west which looked at art as an individual entity and human creation in a holistic way, east looked at human creativity as the most natural activity like procreation. Thus neither was the artist celebrated for his creation as an individual, neither was the artwork a piece...

Sahil Sharma: Faces that exhume sounds

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Sahil Sharma: Faces that exhume sounds

Face is the mirror of the man. We know and identify people around us with their faces, even though there are many other gestures that may denote us. It is no wonder then that artists since thousands of years have been painting heads of gods, kings, loved ones and even their pets to express their experience of co-habitation. Sahil’s whole body of work is his experience of people around him which he defines with bold, wide-eyed, intense coloured faces. His faces or heads are deeply emotional, they exude immense expression and are paintings of his experience. In these terms they...

What do you buy when you buy art Part III

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What do you buy when you buy art Part III

  Early man carried small pieces of stone on him all the time, figurines which resembled fertile women. They felt secure, may be reminded of their mothers, may be reminded them of their capacity to procreate and produce new life into the world at their wish. Significantly, they carried not a painting but a sculpture. Something that could be held in hand, something that could be felt, which went cold in wind and warm in heat. Something that was living with him!   Sculpture is the form of art that is as alive as man. Made in clay, stone, wood,...

Artist Profile Sanjay Sable

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Artist Profile Sanjay Sable

Graceful long figures and big lively eyes charm you as you see the large colourful works of Sanjay Sable. His characters are known to us, Ganesha, Buddha, a quiet lady sitting by herself, mother adoring her child, a thinker f\deep in reminiscences, but his paintings show the same in a new light. With bright colours and prominent yet delicate lines, his paintings are as large as life and embark upon the mind of the viewer.   Born in 1974, in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra, Sable completed his art education from various colleges in Maharashtra including the acclaimed Sir J. J....

A blank canvas to the empty box: infinite Barwe retrospective of Prabhakar Barwe at NGMA, Mumbai

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A blank canvas to the empty box: infinite Barwe retrospective of Prabhakar Barwe at NGMA, Mumbai

कधी चुकून व्यासपिठावर थरथरताना मी शब्द होऊन श्रोत्यांमध्ये हरवतो. माझ्या चित्रासमोर गॅलरीत मी नागडा होतो. मित्रांचा घोळक्यात मी वादविवाद होतो. स्मशानात मी काळा पांढरा धूर होतो. रुग्णालयात मी निव्वळ औषधांचा वास होऊन उरतो. पुस्तकात मी किडा होत नाही. मुंग्यांसारख्या अक्षरांच्या जंगलात मी हरवतो. टीकेचा दंश सहन करताना मी स्वतः विष होत जातो. स्तुती वाचताना मी शहारतो, पायरी चढताना घसारल्या सारखे मी ठेचाळतो. दिवा स्वप्न पाहताना मी झोपतो आणि स्वप्नात मात्र 'जागा' होतो. प्रभाकर बर्वे, निमित्त 'स्वत्त्वाच्या अनेक ओळखी', २८ मार्च १९९५ Sometimes moved on the stage, I become a lost word in audience. I get naked in front of my...

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