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Straight from the he(art)

chandigarh Updated: Oct 08, 2012 11:10 IST
Usmeet Kaur
Usmeet Kaur
Hindustan Times
Straight from the he(art)

Eight young artists from Chandigarh, Punjab, Haryana and Andhra Pradesh got together at Gallery Art on Steps, Hotel Icon, Sector 8, on Saturday to exhibit their artwork. The woman behind putting up this exhibit, city-based artist and art curator, Sonal A Singh began by sharing with us the inception of the idea.

“Being an alumni of the Government College of Arts, Sector 10, I keep visiting the institution. It was during one of my usual visits there that these artists’ artwork attracted me. Thus — having doing artwork for years myself and reaching a stage where I believe I have some responsibility towards the youth — I gave them a platform to exhibit their talent,” said Sonal.

Rajya Lakshmi from Andhra Pradesh, one of the eight exhibitors, seemed enthusiastic about sharing her woodcut artwork, as she began by saying, “Woodcut technique is basically using a woodcut plate, carving images on it with tools, followed by applying colours with rollers and then transferring it on paper. I, personally, like playing with the different moods of women and have tried depicting her in pain, harmony and at work.”

Woodcut artist Rajkumar, however, is inclined towards the different shape of pots. While Preeti uses the manual graphic print technique to create the light-in-darkness theme. Rajinder, on the other hand, painted his imagination, that of a woman in a lotus pond. The fifth exhibitor, Yatti Dutt, experimented with dry leaves, with his hand impressions embedded on canvas. Aman, who used a mixture of different mediums of wood, acrylic and paper plate, said, “I have always believed that it’s the villages that make a city. Thus, using mono print, I drew out a city with a village depicting its shadow.”

Artist Vinod’s fascination with shoes comes across in his work, as his work revolved around shoes and a neeli chatri. The eighth exhibitor, Vikas, decided to give a tribute to nature through. “Wood is our tool to create art; the same wood is worshipped in many religions in our country. Thus, I thought of paying tribute to wood itself.”

The exhibition is on till October 24.