The copper man of art

  • Aakriti Sawhney, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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  • Updated: Jan 21, 2013 14:24 IST

The iconic Surya sculpture placed at Delhi's T3 international airport is a structure that can't go unnoticed. Neither the artist behind this piece of art. Delhi based artist Satish Gupta, 65, operates from his studio cum gallery in Gurgaon, which is surrounded by a Zen garden designed by him. At the entrance there is a huge Ganesha sculpture that speaks of the magnificent nature of Gupta's work. I was greeted with a warm smile and a childlike enthusiasm to show the work. Gupta is showcasing his work in the Capital after a hiatus of six years.

Titled, Transcending Eternity, the exhibition which is currently running at Gupta's studio, has works which goesacross mediums such as paintings, sculptures and sculpture paintings. It is for the first time that Gupta is exhibiting this self evolved medium that he terms sculpture painting. A sculpturepainting has an oil painting in the centre surrounded by several bronze sculptures. Explaining the concept, he says, "Sculpturepainting is the merging of the second and the third dimension. This progression happened naturally and effortlessly. It is meditative and is a commixture of macro and micro elements of life." 

For Gupta, there are three main conceptual elements in the exhibition - Vishnu, Shiva and Devi, which together formulate into Brahman or The Ultimate Reality.

The clientele for Gupta's commissioned work is huge, impressive and includes names such as actor Amitabh Bachchan and many known industrialists. Coming back to his Surya sculpture, he says, "Airport is a place that sees people from different communities and beliefs on a dialy basis. So, I wanted to make something that is universal and not representative of one particular belief. The idea of sun struck me because it's worshipped by all and is so universal," adding, "When I travel, I try reaching the airport a little in advance and then sitting on one corner, I see people reacting to my sculpture. It's a great feeling when they want to be clicked with my sculpture."

What: Transcending Eternity
Where: Za Zen, 19-20 Suncity I, Gurgaon
On Till: February 25
Timing: 11 am to 7pm
NEAREST METRO STATION: Mehrauli on the Yellow Line


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