Abstraction as a journey is reflected by depth and gravitas in a sumptuous small number spread at the NGMA Delhi. The abstract medley is led by the late Seema Ghurraiya. Ghurraiya the Raza discovery and award winning artist painted seamless forms in white/sandalwood shades to create an ecological echo that had an amorphous aura.To look at a canvas by Ghurraiya is to glimpse a modern mandala.
She painted images of swirls and dulcet lyrical notations in a simplified ivory and cream tinted palette and against a sandalwood backdrop. The symphony mirrored painting accomplished her own quietude and soothing tenor. This work belonging to a collector elegantly expresses the underlying ethereality of the so-called objective world, idealised by the amorphous acratic treatment. In a subtle way Ghurraiya simultaneously re-exerted the value of painting as an expressive medium that translates both the value of time and tide in a growing sensibility.
Veteran Shoba Broota’s Wool on Canvas is part of her ongoing exploration of “woven paintings”, featuring meticulously patterned arrangements of wool on canvas that appear to vibrate and shimmer with a transcendental quality suggesting vast but subtly interconnected worlds.
Mekhala Behl the Rhode Island Graduate finds her own cosmic signature with different kinds of mixed media created on a lithograph.Her images are infused with a sense of coherence, both moving and gratifying. Susmita Chowbey’s work conveys the feeling of consolidated experience, a formulation of the intuitive possibilities of the creative process. Sujata Bajaj is represented by one of her earlier works on paper that milked the essence of Sanskrit verse and the idea of inchoate inspiration from realms that were subjective and individualistic, but emancipated in terms of the mooring of the motif.Sujata’s work is an alchemy of combustion in tone and tenor for her own sojourn.
Prabha Shah has been a practitioner of the abstract domain for more than 2 decades. Shah is unable to hear or speak like us, but her abstract domain is filled with a symphony of strokes and rare harmony.negotiations that take place in the artist’s mind in order to get through life. Shah also addresses the unknowing awareness she feels of her own mortality, juxtaposed with the “joys” of navigating life and the world. The paintings often involve complex patterns that may allude to psychological states.
Shah’s language and treatment bring us closer to the ideation and philosophy of total abstraction. Encouraged by formal elements of the work, such as the expressive capacity of the pastel colour palette and the visual impact of the horizontal and vertical marks made by the blurring effect, she embraces the non-representational investigation of the formal elements of colour and line. Intriguing how she divides the canvas into defined grids, filling each square of the grids with a soothing colour hue.
Mahima Kapoor a Boston Fine Arts Graduate creates a mixed media quartet that traverses her experience of a holiday ‘ Under Finnish Skies.’In the little boxes is a reckoning of design dynamics that get us curious about modern dictums of framing.
“My practice is about our surroundings and the space around me.,” says Mahima. “ The conversation is manifested in how process and materials have their say in what they become and how they communicate with their audience. The series of ‘The Finnish skies’ began as a response to the light in the night skies of Finland. On my trip to the nordic country, I discovered shimmering colours lighting up the winter skies. These are one of the most beautiful of all cloud formations but also the most destructive for the ozone layer. By cutting into paper and literally removing it from the base, I’m manifesting the very feeling of the ‘mother of pearl skies’ into these paintings.”
Nupur Kundu has been exploring the multiple possibilities of abstraction. Her works are notable for their exploration of a rigorous abstraction that is deeply invested in the process of their creation. Nupur creates textures and colour fields from a diverse array of strokes that make us think of materials.Nupur’s blue tinted work is a majestic rhythm that suggests rhapsody in blue. Textures tonalities and the terrain of dreams, reality and illusions all tumble into a delightful miasma of colourative splendour.
Indore dweller Aparna Bidasaria’s painting of the banyan tree is an impressionist wonder. She has been painting this for the past decade in all kinds of light and shade and season. She exemplifies the Impressionist genre’s uncanny ability to capture ephemeral effects — by transforming the trees branches and ambience into near abstractions of colour and light.
This work defines her as a mistress of harmonies of colour and an artist who can transfer her visionary reflections onto canvas.
Aparna layers oranges, sienna , and soft tangerine amid prismatic browns over the stone coloured branches bathed in the light of the setting sun. The result is a magical symphony of colour and light.
A pair of pastels on paper by the brilliant Rajnish Caur speaks of the language of abstract expressionism created in a cornucopia of colourative strokes and textures. Rajnish exemplifies the words of Gerhard Richter when he said: Art is the highest form of hope.Rajnish gives us an oasis that is filled with the dichotomy of design dynamics and moods that spread and scatter over time.
With staccato strokes and short stretches of rippling colour tones and light reflections, the work is sets her apart as an abstractionist who has her own visionary and expressive zeal.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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