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The newest art gallery on the block,Gallery Ensign, is promoting the age-old concept of art on paper and and encourages the concept of affordable art.

art and culture Updated: May 28, 2010 01:08 IST
Aakriti Sawhney

It’s the newest art gallery on the block, but it’s promoting the age-old concept of art on paper. Gallery Ensign, which launched in the Capital yesterday, specialises in Paper art and encourages the concept of affordable art. Their opening exhibition, The Living Insignia, which features works by 21 artists, has a price range starting from Rs. 15,000.

“We always wanted to do something different. Not many galleries in Delhi have exhibited paper work before. This art form is very spontaneous and cannot be manipulated. In fact, some of the senior artists we are featuring may not even be known for working in this medium”, says Seema Subbanna, the director of the gallery and the curator of this exhibition.

Compared to large canvasses and mixed-media works, art on paper is a lot cheaper. “Paper work is a comparatively affordable art form. Not only will it will give a new dimension to art collectors and buyers, this art will give young buyers a different exposure altogether,” adds Subbanna.

The exhibition will have 40 artworks in prints, watercolour, charcoal, drawings, metallic ink, etchings, Chinese ink and crayons. There will also be a paper sculpture on display by artist Jagdish Chinthala from Hyderabad.

“Besides my three collage works on nature, I have a paper sculpture which shows three women standing. It basically depicts the pride and prestige of women”, says Chinthala, who has been working on paper sculptures since 1980.

Some of the other participating artists include Sakti Burman, Laxma Goud, Gogi Saroj Pal, Ved Nayar, Jyoti Bhatt and Arpana Caur.

The exhibition is on till July 10 at Gallery Ensign, B- 17, Geetanjali Enclave.