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Diversity on canvas

Navleen Lakhi, Hindustan Times   February 28, 2013
First Published: 10:24 IST(28/2/2013) | Last Updated: 10:26 IST(28/2/2013)

It is India at its most colourful and vibrant at the Contemporary Art Exhibition that starts today and goes on till March 3 at the Government Museum and Art Gallery, Sector 10, Chandigarh.

Organised by city-based artist Baani Sekhon, the exhibition comprises 90 works of art by 22 artists from different parts of the country, such as Hyderabad, Pune, Kolkata, Sirsa and Ludhiana. Made on a common theme of Diversity, most of the works are oil on canvas.

The founder of Ocher Art, an online art gallery, Baani quit her job as a senior art director in a multimedia firm two years ago  to pursue art. With an experience of 13 years in commercial art, Baani founded the online gallery, where the exhibition is being held simultaneously. 

With eight of her own works on display, she says, “The artists have expressed themselves freely on their canvases. Superstition and pretentiousness of the society are some of the subjects taken up by them. Rural folk art also stands out through a vibrant colour palette, traditional themes and elements with symbolic meaning in the Indian art and culture.

The focus of this show is to facilitate cross-cultural dialogue and diverse aesthetic approach in the current art scenario.” Most works displayed are indeed reminiscent of Indian miniature paintings and murals and noticeable for their intricate details and decorative patterns. The cost of the art works starts at R30,000 and goes uptil R1,20,000.

Baani is ecstatic about the response to the exhibition, considering this is the first online event on her art portal. “I had thought the response would be lukewarm, but it picked well. These days, even a middle class family wants to have an art piece to treasure it.”

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