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...

Discovering Buddha

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Discovering Buddha

  Indian subcontinent some 3000 years ago was a land of wonderment. It had people from all ranks of life studying together, debating, questioning and answering on the prevalent thoughts and practices. In an open institution like this, where everyone was encouraged to think anew, came a great man amongst us who changed the course of Indian history, the great thinker and philosopher, Gautama Buddha. Buddha, a non-believer of holiness, but a deep believer of humanity and spiritual awakening changed the world and the way man would look at himself for times to come. The image of Buddha, created some...

Story of Man and Art (Part II): The Art of Narration

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Story of Man and Art (Part II): The Art of Narration

We all dwell in stories. Stories that news channels bring out of reality, stories that films showcase, stories of our friends, neighbours, colleagues. Many times we cook our own stories. We adore listening not to events but why and how they happened, that too such that it entertains us. What is it with man and stories? History is a story, so is science, so is maths, what attracts us so much to these? What is it that attracts us to reality talent shows, or reality shows like Big Boss? After all what happens in Big boss is exactly what happens...

Feeling Blues

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Feeling Blues

In our last blog we discussed about the warm colours, the colours of festivals and merriment that we create around us. Opposite to them are the cool colours: greens and blues and violets that are around us all the time; these are the colours of nature.  The skies above us and it’s reflection in water are all blue. The trees, grass, moss, the insects are all shades of green. White the colours of transition, blossoming of seeds and flowers, of petals and butterflies, of young leaves and birds are shades of violet. Though warm colours like red, orange and yellow...

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