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Celebrating a decade

art and culture Updated: Jul 21, 2010 13:40 IST
Naomi Canton
Naomi Canton
Hindustan Times
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A city art gallery is celebrating its 10th anniversary with an exhibition featuring 40 young and established artists from across India. Artlandindia, in Kala Ghoda, Mumbai, is hosting Color Conclave at Coomaraswamy Hall.

Art GalleryIt features the best work of about 40 contemporary established and upcoming artists from across India. Sunil Chauhan, curator, founded this gallery, which holds 25 to 30 pieces of art, in 2000. "The area was full of offices at the time, and I took a space from a builder and converted it into a small gallery," he recalls.

Humble beginnings
He started his venture on the advice of a Belgian art collector living in Mumbai . “At that time, art was just taking off and lots of galleries were opening in Mumbai. It was the right time to start.

I try to promote young and established artists,” he explains. He says tastes in art have come a long way since 2000. “Back then, people only bought big names, now they will buy a piece of art because they like it,” he says.

He also rents large galleries, such as Coomaraswamy Hall, for larger exhibitions. “Unlike our annual exhibition, which focuses on famous artists, we have included some younger artists in Color Conclave,” he says.

“The season is about to start so I thought I should show some of our best work.” The selected artists include Prafulla Dahanukar, Lalitha Lajmi, Vijender Sharma, Vinod Sharma, Sudip Roy, Rini Dhumal, Naina Kanodia, Piu Sarkar, Ami Patel, Anand Panchal, Vrindavan Solanki, and Laxman Alley.

“Vijender Sharma’s works are subtle representations of India’s ancient culture and spirituality, while Lalitha Lajmi explores the hidden tensions of human bondage, especially of man, women and mother-daughter relationships,” he says.

“Piu Sarkar draws inspiration from the unconscious mind, while Nishant Dange has done some charcoal paintings,” he adds . The paintings are priced at between Rs 25,000 and Rs 8 lakh.