Five faculty members and one student of the Bama Fine Arts Academy, founded by Ram Kumar in 1990, opened a colourful group show in Chandigarh on Friday which reaches out to the average person in finely portrayed, realistic art. The exhibition was inaugurated by senior painter Madan Lal.
The show has something for everyone ranging from oil and acrylic paintings on canvas, collages, mosaics, nature studies, landscapes, figurative art, still life, a few geometrical abstracts and some works that are close to craft like miniatures on skeletons of peepul leaves.
Leading the group is Meenu Manjal, the first student of the academy who is teaching art in one of the city schools. Particularly attractive are her delicate paintings of blossoming trees from the yellow amaltas to the crimson gulmohar. Archana has displayed a large variety of her works including a range of landscapes in bright hues and appealing studies of performing artists. A prolific painter, she says, “I learned the language of art in the city of Chandigarh, where I grew up. If I look back at my childhood I used to get fascinated by the beauty of nature surrounding me.”
Figurative art and engaging studies of flowers in bloom make up the world of the art of Manju Sharma. Two paintings with woman against the three-dimensional carved doorways stand out. Her paintings of Ganesha and the fluted god are also attractive. Shilpa, a student of the Academy, has the privilege of exhibiting with her teachers, with bold and bright landscapes and Ganesha, of course.
The two male teachers who have exhibited with the woman artists are Mukesh Minj and Ashish Bhatnagar. Although outnumbered by their female counterparts, both these artists have their own definite signature. Mukesh’s paper mosaics are engaging and Ashish shows a fine sense of composition in putting together geometic forms.
His pen-and-ink study of a tiger’s head shows a deft hand. The best part of the show are the very affordable prices which would lure even a passerby to the show to pick something from this group show of decorative art.