Between the 8 of them, they have covered every genre - from art, to the utterly understandable. Somewhere there, you are bound to discover your own evolution.
A group of eight artists, five from Pune, one from Raigad and two from Bhopal, is exhibiting its recent works of paintings, sculpture and ceramic pottery, from 15th to 21st February, at the Chitramayee State Gallery of Fine Arts. The group called the Deccan Contemporary, comprises of Deepak Sonar, Anu Kulkarni, Prabhakar Kumar Singh, Shrikant Kadam and Vikram Kulkarni from Pune, Rajendra Ghosalkar from Raigad, and Archana Yadav and Nirmala Sharma from Bhopal.
Anu Kulkarni is known for the grandeur of her landscapes, which may also be seen as abstract creations. In her own masterly manner, she depicts human dwellings and the earth against vast open spaces, with a freedom she demonstrates by painting the spaces in unexpected colors such as red-orange.
Archana communicates with the canvas, and when this process reaches a pinnacle, her emotions explode. In the landscapes, with a limited pallette of predominently white, which stands for purity and unity of colors, her works resemble abstract desert forms. Her intense, stimulating and soothing approach is deeply contemplative when she is in search of peace and serenity.
Deepak Sonar has a unique style of presenting landscapes, which takes one to infinite depths where the viewer silently merges with a very deep horizon. The journey starts from the foreground, and the fascinating forms evolve, merge and finally melt into deep nothingness.
Nirmala Sharma is today one of the leading ceramist artists of our country. She is well-versed in creating items that are artistically interesting as well as useful in daily life, but her works may also be placed as pure art pieces in homes, to be enjoyed for their unusual and beautiful shape and colors.
Prabhakar Kumar Singh creates sculpture out of scrap material and stone. A joy to behold, these are sometimes elegant, like his Cock creation, and sometimes earthy, like the Bull. One of his present creations, The Smoker, is Prabhakar's concern to depict the ordinary man dressed only in a dhoti rather than as one from the thin, wealthy layers of society. Other pieces show a deep love for animals. All the works depict a skill in moulding materials, usually scrap, into the shapes he wishes to depict.
Rajendra Ghosalkar pours out his inner self, sometimes into highly abstract forms. In the current showcase, he displays his masterly compositions in water-based colors. He harmonises considerable sizes of plastic sub-forms to create a pleasant mindscape. He carries and therefore displays a clear link between his surroundings which finally turn out as very pleasant and fresh compositions.
Shrikant Kadam's works reign a space between the abstract and nature studies, which he handles with ease and expertise. He paints Nature in manifold wonderful color schemes and near-abstract compositions. Human civilization is moving away from nature, foolishly rejoicing over its triumphs. If we understand what artists like Shrikant Kadam are painting, we will regain our lost relationship with nature.
Vikram Kulkarni paints in the abstract medium, while we can see some reflections of nature too in his compositions. In his abstract works, we get to enjoy the delicate colors and forms he has painted. Only sometimes, we may see a recognizable form, such as a flower, but this too is part of the larger abstract work. Vikram has become adept in painting delicate abstract compositions.
For further details, please contact the art gallery at 2311-3308/98486-66262.