Mahua Annual 2009 brings a collection of paintings, sculptures and ceramic art.
Renowned artists Arpana Caur, Yusuf Arakkal, Rabin Mondal, Seema Kohli, T Vaikuntham, Dipak Banerjee, Suhas Roy will be displayed along with contemporary artists Priti Vadakkath, C F John, Vinod Daroz, T M Azis, Balasubramanian R and the winners of the H K Kejriwal Young Artist Annual Awards, Jacob Jebaraj, Ratheesh Vincent, Bhaskar Vadla, Shivanand Basavanthappa, Gopinath S, Tanujaa Rane who are continuing to prove their merit with numerous awards and international exposure.
Indian Contemporary artists today are constantly challenged by their environment and the continuous excessive global exposure that is tempered by a serious understanding of India’s own rich heritage, craft traditions and history, and the current socio-economic-political challenges facing the country as its moves into the 21st century.
We see their responses to the challenges in the works of renowned artists Arpana Caur’s Water Weaver as a quest for peace while T Vaikuntham explores the colourful spontaneity of rooted Telangana woman; Dipak Banerjee explores the geometry of the tantric symbols and Suhas Roy the beauty and grace of feminity; Rabin Mondal, however illustrates the agony of the West Bengal famine while Seema Kohli’s overwrought canvases, textured and layered with a vibrancy of colours are like a daunting, challenging, inviting maze to explore the concepts of creation and myths.
C F John has exhibited in India, London, Paris, Germany, Jakarta, Dubai and Singapore. His figurative narration, with soft, gentle palette makes the works emotionally rich and visually simple and appealing. He is also very interested in alternate art practices; has presented several Performance art installations, earthworks and site-specific installations and so on. His awards include the Arad International Biennale of Art 2005, Romania and an Honourable Mention, 10th Asian Art Biennale Bangladesh 2000 and Honourable Mention, 42nd National Exhibition of Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.
T M Azis has been exhibited in India, London, Dubai and Indonesia. He works in the mediatic realism format where he subverts the image to merge the lines between figuration and abstraction. He has been exhibited widely all over the world, especially south Asian countries. He has received several honors and awards.
Balasubramanian R. specializes in printmaking and intricate work in mixed media. He has been invited to all the significant international Print Biennales and Triennials. His works are in major institutional collections across the world including the Devi Art Foundation, National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Central Academy of Art, Malaysia, Thama Art Univ. Tokya, Japan, Contemporary National Art Gallery, Japan, Teller Galleria Fort, Barcelona, Spain. His sensitive work juxtaposes the complexity of abstraction with the stark reality of the drawn image.
Priti Vadakkath is one of the most significant young artists to come out of South India in recent years. She is emphatic in her narrative language of humanism that speaks directly and powerfully. She has had significant shows in Mumbai, Beijing and USA and is an artist with promise.
Vinod Daroz is one of the most talented and experimental young ceramist sculptors from Baroda. His works are bold and imaginative works drawn mostly from the local Indian idiom. Excelling at throwing and his usage of glazes he has a unique ability to conceptualize a ceramic artwork in its finished form, even as a 'painting' on a wall. He is extensively exhibited all over India and works in numerous public and private collections.
HK Kejriwal Young Artists’ awardees have over the years won more recognition and exposure with their art works exploring new concepts and mediums.
Ratheesh Vincent’s works in the narrative-surrealistic mode, drawing from references in his own natural environment to situate the work in a regional time and space.
Bhaskar Vadla’s works have won awards and have been selected in International Print Biennales. He has technical mastery over medium and the ability to understand the dramatic elements in visual environment and utilize them as subjects.
Shivanand Basavanthappa has extensively exhibited in South India. His narrative-figurative style borders on epical/tableau format of story-telling and displays fine powers of observation and ironical humor.
P Elanchezhiyan, a skilled sculptor who looks at traditional, perennially-interesting subjects with a contemporary mind-set like the women power who dabble with the traditional men dominated martial art with equal ease.
S. Gopinath, national award winner 2009 is a talented, thinking sculptor who is innovative in concepts and materials. He is at ease in clay, ceramics, stone and metal. He is widely exhibited and has participated in international camps.
Tanujaa Rane is an experienced, award-winning printmaker. Her style is narrative-figurative style that uses satire and irony to make its statement. Her single image focus adds power and visual clarity to the work. She is widely exhibited with participation in many camps and involvement in projects.
A special exhibit in the Mahua Collection is Folk artist Rajesh Acharya exhibiting his brass works on mythical Sun God, the symbolic Bull and Nandi of Shiva crafted with a spirit of spontaneity and many embellishments. Young artist from Bengal Sujay Dutta visualizes isolation as a shadow which hovers often in one’s life and Shanta Samant from Baroda who captures the absorption and total focus of the golf player in bronze and glass.