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Walls: the new canvas

Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, January 23, 2013
First Published: 18:49 IST(23/1/2013) | Last Updated: 01:19 IST(24/1/2013)

Wall art seems to be an upcoming trend this season, with the walls of a gallery in the city featuring paintings by 18 artists, including names such as Shakti Burman, Manu Parekh, Jayasri Burman, B Manjunath Kamath, GR Iranna, Chintan Upadhyay, among others. Titled ‘Living Walls’, the art project has a group of city-based artists working together for four days to paint a section of the gallery walls. “The artists are used to painting on regular mediums like a canvas. We thought that if we change the medium, it would give everybody the opportunity to reflect on their methods and try something new,” says Sunaina Anand, director, Art Alive Gallery.

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http://www.hindustantimes.com/Images/popup/2013/1/Art_wall_new.jpgPainting on the wall
While Mithu Sen’s engraving is her tribute to the unrecognised artists of India, Subba Ghosh has used primal material like charcoal to sketch a life size portrait of a man who seems to be crawling towards the viewers, Shakti Burman has painted an erotic image and Manjunath Kamath has drawn a miniature version of plants with pencil on the wall. “We are so used to painting on canvas that painting on a wall is very relaxing and rejuvenating. It makes you think out of the box, reflect on your style of working and experiment,” says Jayasri Burman, who’s wall ‘Vishwas’ is a reflection on predominant faiths in India. The four day project was also an experiment in the budding bonhomie among the artists. “Artists are usually thought to be reclusive people who don’t talk much and need pin drop silence to paint. We wanted to change this myth about them,” says Anand.

On the same lines
Sri Lankan artist Anoli Perera’s solo exhibition, titled, Memory Keeper, includes portraits of Burghers (Eurasian ethnic group, historically from Sri Lanka who moved to Australia in 1970s) as the wall paper of the gallery. Spanning memories of historical eras of British colonialism, Sri Lankan civil war and mass exodus of the Burghers, these are families whose memories are still afresh in the artist’s heart, as she knew them personally while growing up in Sri Lanka. The show is on at Shrine Empire, 7, Friends Colony, till February 18.

Catch it here
What: Living Walls - Art Exhibition
When: February 3 - 28
Timings: 11am to 7pm
Where: Art Alive Gallery, No 120, Sector 44, Gurgaon 
Nearest metro station: Huda City Centre on the Yellow Line


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