Water and color together on paper transform into those transparent layers with
images emerging almost with a mystified lightness. Artists since time immemorial
have chosen this medium to extend their painterly languages and create spontaneous
silhouettes and shades on paper. For, watercolour has the quality to spread evolving
into a form, or move generously along the brush of the painter. The medium is
an absolute take-off point for any painter to develop an individual artistic vocabulary.
"But, unfortunately, this is the medium most neglected by the mainstream contemporary
artists, who take to either oils or acrylics, including mixed media, for their
creative process," opines curator Atiya Amjad who aims to ensemble a 'Mosaic'
of watercolor pictures by different artists. The present exhibition shows many
artists who've taken to watercolors at a young age only to continue, for the medium
seems to engross them deep into its quality of dreamy featheriness. On the other
hand, many artists, based on the exercises in watercolour painting, have branched
off into various other mediums.
One generic aspect that every artist feels is that watercolor not only guides
you into the language of painting, but also remains an ever enchanting medium
for a creative language - seemingly simple and yet enticingly difficult in technique.
The present show comprises of works of over 20 artists from Shantiniketan and
Hyderabad who make an attempt to glorify the possibilities and in-depth graces
of the medium of watercolor. And so is the approach of the viewers who look and
feel the medium of painting, rather than concentrate on the individualistic artistic
One could discern a delight in these works. Artists like Ambadas Mohorkar, Sachin
Joltare, Farahad Tamkanat, Sarkar, Sirajiddin and Laxman Aley, among others, explore
those romantic graces in depicting nature-based landscapes, realistic figurative
images, or even flora and fauna, while other artists like Sudhir Kumar Dupatti,
Srikanth Kurva, Mohan Malvya and Srikanth Dhunde explore the contemporary possibilities
in handling images through watercolors. Binoy Koley, Anir Ban, Mira Balabrahma,
Subhajit Das, Sankar Mandal were other artists from shanty Niketan who showed
their expressive works in the medium.
One rare painting of a yesteryear artist, T K Mukherjee, who studied painting
in England over a century ago, is a delicate example of watercolor painting. His
daughter brings this painting that adds altogether a different horizon, to the
present exhibition. Titled "A scene At Ranchi", this painting shows a man sitting
at a riverbed surrounded by trees.