Paintings on discoloured, old artefacts on display in Delhi

Several paintings by artist Yashpal have faint newspaper prints, muted colours and cracked walls,while others depict a vintage, wooden door, with its copper-brown colours dripping in trickles.
Discarded in real life, the artefacts seem to get a new lease of life in Yashpal’s works.
Discarded in real life, the artefacts seem to get a new lease of life in Yashpal’s works.
Updated on Nov 09, 2018 02:33 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByIndo-Asian News Service

Reflections of the old world charm of broken, out-of-use artefacts, painted on to canvases with shades of the earth and rust, are on display at an ongoing exhibition in the Capital. The exhibition, titled Unearthly Rust, features 17 paintings by artist Yashpal, who received his art training from Chitrakoot and Gwalior, two cities which, he says, have a rich “heritage and an old, rustic feel”.

Two Untitled, Mix on paper, 2018 paintings, on display at the exhibition.
Two Untitled, Mix on paper, 2018 paintings, on display at the exhibition.

“I am fascinated with things that break, get discoloured, fall out of use. The walls in our homes get cracked, blemished. My work surrounds everything old,” Yashpal says.

The 2018 Untitled work by the Delhi-based artist depicts a vintage, wooden door, with its copper-brown colours dripping in trickles.

Several other paintings have faint newspaper prints, muted colours and cracked walls, all adding to what Yashpal calls his artistic research about old artefacts.

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What: Unearthly Rust

Where: Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Todarmal Road Area, Mandi House

On Till: November 14

Timings: 11am to 8pm

Nearest Metro Station: Mandi House on Blue Line

“Seeing his work... feels as if old artefacts, clocks, doors, bells, windows have discoloured and condensed. They have been in connection with oxygen and water for thousands of years that have caused moisture and corrosion to them and that has deteriorated materials as a result of the chemical reactions... taking place among the dark brown, black, and rusty shades that Yashpal puts on his paper,” the curatorial note on the solo show reads.

Discarded in real life, the artefacts seem to get a new lease of life in Yashpal’s works.

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