For most people, buying art is as daunting as buying a home. It takes days of deliberation and careful financial planning. But gallerist Arshiya Lokhandwala is out to change the notion that only those with deep pockets can afford to buy art. Her gallery Lakeeren is hosting a sale of 1,001 works of art ranging from a mere Rs 25 to Rs 12 lakh till the end of this month.
“I want people who have never bought art to visit the gallery,” says Lokhandwala. “The whole idea is to rummage and find something you like.” Sure enough, the gallery is full of surprises, from matchboxes and postcard-sized etchings to sculptures and paintings by masters like MF Husain and SH Raza.
The collection mainly consists of older works that have belonged to the gallery since it first started in Vile Parle in 1995. After a six-year hiatus during which she acquired a Master’s as well as a PHd degree, Lokhandwala returned to India last year and reopened Lakeeren in Colaba. “The sale is a pause but also an occasion to reflect upon the past,” she says.
Despite the boom in art prices in the last 10 years, you’ll find plenty of wallet-friendly works in this sale. Amod Damle’s Chatterbox matchboxes (Rs 25) are assured conversation starters. Sushil Mangaonkar’s untitled series of hand gestures (Rs 15,000 each) in fiery red and white are sure to light up your living room. If you’re looking to make your first major buy, there are early drawings by Tushar Joag (Rs 60,000), MF Husain serigraphs (from Rs 50,000 onwards) and a classic SH Raza for a cool Rs 12 lakh.