Ten years ago, when the Internet was still a novelty for many in India, Gargi Seth, the owner of Indian Art Circle, created an web portal where artworks were exhibited online and art collectors and connoisseurs could buy art sitting in any part of the world.
In 2010, keeping the tradition alive of doing something unconventional and out-of-the-box, Seth has now collaborated with a private bank to host an exhibition in the bank’s premises. “Our motive is to bring art to a level where general public can view it without any hesitation. We wanted to choose a space where people come for their day-to-day work,” says Seth, who is also the curator of the show.
“It’s very satisfactory to see people coming in for their regular work and asking about the paintings and sculptures at display and wanting to know more.”
The exhibition, Romancing the Figure, brings together a combination of acclaimed artists and fresh bursts of talent from the Indian art circuit. “Human form, in all its glory and pathos inevitably finds a predominant place in Indian art. Many artists have worked on human figures in different forms and style. We have on display, artworks ranging from religious thoughts to romantic expressions to basic human structures, all falling under our theme Romancing The Figure,” says Seth.
However, this is just the beginning. India Art circle plans to promote the young artists by holding their exhibits at such venues.
“These days, gallery rentals are very high and when a young artist plans to host an exhibition, he/she finds it very difficult. So, such venues should be explored where young artists get a platform to display and public gets a chance to view and buy these artworks,” adds Seth.
Romancing the Figure continues till June 28 at The Royal Bank of Scotland, Hansalaya, 15, Barakhamba Road;
Timings: 11.30 am to 7 pm;
Price bracket: Rs 35,000 to Rs 12 lakh