Continuing a tradition of encounter and communion, in association with Artequest, Cymroza Art Gallery presents an exhibition of paintings, “Creative Anomalies”, featuring select works by nine celebrated artists; Amit Bhar, Ashok Bhowmick, Asit Kumar Patnaik, Neena Singh, Niranjan Jonnalagadda, Ramesh Gorjala, SatishGujral, Suhas Roy and Thota Vaikuntam.
Amit Bhar’s paintings depict the scintillating, pristine, rustic beauty of rural Bengal. The clear blue skies, fallen autumn leaves, grazing cattle and the daily life of the village have been his inspiration. His works exhibit a semi realistic technique of texturing with the play of light and shade. His expression of each subject on the canvas leads the viewer to re-examine the threshold between illusion and reality, between waking and dreaming.
Ashok Bhowmick paints with an understanding of the strengths and limitations of the painting as a visual medium, an imagery created by uncomplicated, simple and recognizable forms. He does not belittle the viewer by presenting some intricate philosophical or social message; but simply wishes to share his pleasure with the viewer through his painting. The elements of his paintings are not derived by imitating nature. His forms endorse the visual experiences of a viewer but are not an imitation of the elements of his surroundings.He chose his technique and developed it to create his desired forms with their distinctive characters. Be it canvas or paper, he essentially covers the forms and spaces of his painting with the fine cross-hatched straight lines. By doing so, the coloured layers of his paintings get submerged under the mesh of cross-hatched black lines, and thus a transformed colour and texture is created. His medium and the elements of his works are so intensely inter-related that it is difficult to ascertain whether his form has chosen their medium or his medium has made way for the forms in his paintings.
In an age of continuous change, Asit Kumar Patnaik, believes that attraction between the opposite sex is a very human and natural tendency. He uses the eyes to express different emotions. The human figure is his main subject, which he artfully empowers with various moods. The image communicates the raw beauty of an unknown realm and leaves much to the imagination of the viewer.
Neena Singh’s abstracts are appealing and well-blended, exuding youth, wonderment, beauty and nature. The different dimensions of life are smartly brought to the fore by blending very select colours. The abstracts are an attempt to get a glimpse of the surrender to a process to let a presence emerge creating a twilight zone which bridges the gap between what is visible and what lies beyond the obvious.
Niranjan Jonnalagadda’s portrayal of the much-depicted “Tree of Life” is exquisitely executed. He brings forth the kalamkari art to his canvas. His art evokes the inner-being and brings forth a soothing effect on the viewer leaving much to the imagination.
Ramesh Gorjala’s ever-fertile imaginationbrings forth images of Hanuman, Krishna, Vishnu and other mythical personalities with extreme detail to sensitivity and style. His paintings unfold untold stories often depicting sentimentality, heroism, protection, love and sacrifice.
SatishGujral’s works are expressive of the mood of the painting or drawing. They stand testimony to Gujral’s conviction that an artist is not a man of ideas but a man of feelings; that is why production and consumption of art at its best does not seeks to convert but to liberate. Art reveals its language when intellect and ideas cease. When a work of art fails to move the viewer or charge him with a visceral energy, an artist succeeds in delivering a mere lecture. Thus mere provocation is not art but what comes out as a result of the provocation forms the strands or basis of good art. Aesthetic form makes the beholder free to think, to feel; in fact it imbues the viewer with energy charging him.
Suhas Roy's works primarily depict the female face and form, with romanticized subjects that inhabit a dreamlike existence between innocence and sensuality. His works are inspired by his surroundings and by the everyday world as they are rooted in fantasy. The vast and complex texture of life is seen as mystical and dark in his work, arising from his interpretations of the 'unknown'.
Thota Vaikuntam draws inspiration depicting men and women from the rural areas of his native village in Andhra Pradesh. Women, his favoured subject of painting, are portrayed as sensual and voluptuous, while the men generally have a very clam expression. His subjects occupy most of the painting space, with facial expressions being his unique way of communication. His primary colours are vibrant and give a definite decorative look to the works whereas his charcoals give character to the works.