What does one expect when eight artists from different professions and age groups, with different styles of painting, come together? A colourful affair of various perspectives. And that is exactly what the art show at Punjab Kala Bhawan art gallery offers you.
Ludhiana-based Darshan Singh, 46, display's various Indian landscapes on the canvas with his water colours. He says, "Living in Punjab, we tend to ignore the scenic beauty which is readily available in the villages here. But, as an artist, I have tried to bring that on canvas."
Another piece that catches everyone's eyes is a piece of modern art by Mumbai-based artist Jasbinder Singh. 40-year-old Singh has made a compilation of 100 years of cinema. Talking about the modern art form, he says, "I made an animated short film called Expunge, Thereafter, I thought, why not grab the images from the film and carve them on the canvas."
Interestingly, all his works have a stitching machine painted on them. We ask its significance and he is quick to reply, "I think we tend to spoil nature and then try to change it through various mediums. Also, when we stitch something on a machine, the original work never returns.
The same happens with nature. If it is spoiled, there is nothing we can leave behind for the coming generations. This is what the machine in my work symbolises and promotes," says the artist who is a senior faculty member at the animation department of Whistling Woods International.
For 44-year-old Tejinder Ladi Singh, whose creations are also displayed at the exhibition, art is all about showing the plight of women in an urban society. Out of his nine paintings displayed, 7 are diverse tales and moods of a woman. Discussing the thought behind one of his works, he shares, "The reason behind painting women naked is to show that they are treated as a sex object. Men today, hardly have time to talk to their wives, understand their needs, and this is clearly visible in the gloomy eyes of the women I have painted."
Uttar Pradesh-based Kamal Nath, a businessman, also finds solace in capturing women on canvas with his brushes. "The most beautiful natural creation by god is a woman. And that is why, my work is also surrounded around them," says the artist.
Also on display are Chandigarh-based Ajit Kaur and Vishakha's work. They have worked on a panel format to make 3D art, while Navneet Kaur from Ludhiana and Rashim Gupta, a school teacher from Amritsar, have played with the many forms of nature.