31 Aug
2019

Of self and the other

first_imgIn describing the arts, the ancient Indian canonical text Chitrasutra encompassing the theory related to visual art i.e. paintings and sculpture describes their disciplines to be one of the noblest offerings to the almighty. Intertwine this thought with the expression of the age of miniature, give it the garb of watercolour and tempera, playing with sufism and women who are distinctly Nayikas blended in with sentiment of Sringar Rasa — you get the works of Satish Chauhan in the show titled Inner Universe.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With an artistic vocabulary culled over more than two decades, Chauhan has been experimenting with the ethos of expressionism, the medley of miniature techniques and the subject of men and women with a subliminal perception of the art works being an offering to the god, transporting the viewer to another realm almost seeking communion with the almighty.“I started blending the elements of Mughal and Kangra art with details of contemporary reality” says Chauhan. “For me a painter is like a yogi, lost, in his art. Like a sufi disconnected from the immediate but active in a state of consciousness which is different from the normal state of waking.” adds Chauhan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis recent works depict Nayikas romancing the clouds celestial dancers and musicians with long flowing lehengas like skirts, ablaze with elements and mythic symbols born of romance, eroticism, mystery, nobility and exoticism, submerged in invigorating romance of birds and beauties in the clouds of gods perhaps deep in meditation.Despite moonlit romanticism and the perfume of Ottoman Empire legends, works produced by those under the spell of the miniatures can best be characterised as academic art- scrupulous in historical and pragmatic detail, and strongly narrative- resonant with photgraphic immediacy. These paintings go beyond, they gleam like little jewels, they are notable for painstakingly accurate realism of character and setting, particularly natural elements and materials in service of mood and figurative representation of anatomical excellence and emotional poignancy. These works are small, delicate and often luminous. They use progressively fewer colours, and most share one quality: they are composed of very specialised shapes and have a kinetic buzz.Where: Shridharini Art Gallery, Triveni kala sangamWhen: March 31 till April 9 Timings: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img

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