Saturday, December 6, 2014

The colour of envy


The Panchatantra tales tell about a jackal who fell into a vat of indigo-blue dye being used by a washerman. When the jackal managed to struggle out of the vat, he had turned a uniform blue! All the animals were wary of this blue jackal, and assumed he was a mysterious powerful animal. The jackal too realized the opportunity this situation presented, and pretended he had divine powers. He managed to convince all the other animals of the kingdom, including the lion who was king of the jungle, that he would protect them from all evil forces. In return all that he asked was that the animals would by turns take care to feed him, and look after him, and pay daily obeisances.

The jackal was really enjoying himself, till one day, he let his guard down. He heard some of his fellow jackals howling in the distance, and forgetting himself, sat up and howled away loudly along with them. Of course all the animals realized they had been fooled, and rushed upon him in anger. And that was the end of the blue jackal.





A different kind of story is playing out on the streets of Varna, Bulgaria. This cat has been sleeping on a pile of synthetic turquoise green paint in an abandoned garage. It is a mystery how as a result of it, he has turned so completely, and uniformly green. Nor does he seem to be shedding any of the paint off!


(http://www.cosmopolitan.co.uk/reports/news/a31736/bright-green-cat-bulgaria/)




He is a friendly cat, and the other animals are not getting put off, or at all getting scared by his appearance. However, the other cats do seem to be rather envious of all the attention this cat has been getting, and probably wondering how they could turn a shade of green themselves!


Sunday, November 9, 2014

A Grasshopper and Metamorphosis

During the seven days of my exhibition at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, I had a ring side view of the sculpture exhibition on at the Foyer area. A young talented sculptor called Biswajit Bej was exhibiting his works there and his works included several hard backed insects like a grasshopper and a pair of dung beetles:


                                                                                                                                                                       
The grasshopper was sculpted out of wood, and looked ready to spring. With its size, and stance, it would remind me of Kafka's "Metamorphosis", and whenever not busy with visitors to my exhibition, I could just look downstairs at the grasshopper and the pair of hard working dung beetles.



They had totally changed the otherwise drab foyer space into a mysterious one. Children who came to the gallery were particularly fascinated with these "specimens".


 Apart from the insects, there were a few compositions with human figures, which were also sculpted in acrobatic, agile compositions, ready to jump and spring!


All of them added to the fascinating experience I had at the Lalit Kala.








Friday, October 31, 2014

Older than history

There is something changeless and eternal about the Ganges at Varanasi. Mark Twain is supposed to have said, "Benares is older than history, older than tradition, older even than legend, and looks twice as old as all of them put together."





That's how the river looks too, and the sky, at Benares.

This one is again a large painting, 3 feet by 4 feet, oil on canvas, part of the solo art show at my exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi.

On view till the 1st of November.

Monday, October 27, 2014

A surprise treasure

A mud hole in arid areas of Rajasthan, or a large crater lake in Lonar, Buldana District, Maharashtra: I guess an aerial view would look a bit like this:






What a surprise it is to suddenly find a treasure house of clean water, in the middle of parched land! This painting shows such a precious find of clear, cool water. It is a 30" X 30" oil on canvas painting. 
Smooth brush strokes have been used to paint the water, and knife and palette work is used to show the different texture of the surroundings.

On display at my ongoing exhibition at the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi till the 1st November.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

How Green was my Valley

"How green was my valley then, and the valley of them that have gone." -  Richard Llewellyn, How Green Was My Valley.




This one is a tribute to all such memories, of calm skies, green valleys, peaceful times. It is a 3 feet by 4 feet, oil on canvas,

On display right now, at my exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi, Gallery 4, Rabindra Bhavan, New Delhi, till the 1st November.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ganges at Rishikesh

It is in the region of Rishikesh that the Ganges leaves the mountains and spreads out on to the plains. I feel the river slows down here, and is cruising along singing quietly to itself.

Well, this painting is inspired by this "feel" of mine:



Rishikesh is quite a center for Yoga, Ayurveda, and several healing practices. I am sure what people come most to get healed by, and carry a memory of, is the soothing presence of the river, specially on the ghats, and during the evening prayers.


This painting among others is part of my on-going exhibition at Lalit Kala Akademi.




For those of you, who have missed the invite earlier, I am adding it here again. If you are in Delhi-NCR, do come over:



Thursday, October 23, 2014

Flotsam and Jetsam

I have been busy completing paintings for my upcoming exhibition at The Lalit Kala Akademi. Hence the lull in blog entries.
All the compositions are inspired by the patterns of flowing water.


Water itself forms fascinating patterns, whether we are watching waves on a sea shore, the running water in a creek, or like a little child, stirring the water in a mud-hole with a stick.

Along with the water itself, little objects that float around in the water all form their own complex patterns, and all of them suggest a story.

This painting is inspired by all the flotsam and jetsam you see in the water twisting and turning around, and floating away swiftly, or getting untangled sometimes. They are made up of a medley of objects, and over time, their size and appearance goes on changing. Sometimes they add more objects, and sometimes they shed some of it..

This painting is a 24" by 30" acrylic + oil on canvas.

All of you who are in Delhi/ NCR, do come for my exhibition at Gallery 4, Lalit Kala Akademi, Rabindra Bhavan, Feroz Shah Road, New Delhi- 110001, from 26th October to 1st November, open all days 11 am. to 7 pm. entry free. (This is at the Mandi House round about, so you could catch the metro to Mandi House station).