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There’s something for every art lover at the India Art Festival

Over 50 art galleries and 575 artists are part of the latest edition of the India Art Festival.

art and culture Updated: Feb 16, 2018 16:13 IST
Press Trust of India
India Art Fair,Delhi,Mumbai
This year, over 20 new art galleries are participating in the IAF.(India Art Festival /Facebook)

Myriad artistic expressions, ranging from paintings to textiles, murals and installations, are on display at the seventh edition of the India Art Festival (IAF), which opened today in suburban Worli, Mumbai. During the two-day event being held at Nehru Centre, art connoisseurs can view artworks from India and other Asian countries.

“Over 50 art galleries and 575 artists, representing 30 cities across 10 countries — of Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe — are taking part in the exhibition,” said Rajendra Patil, founder and MD of the India Art Festival.

Founded in 2011 by the publishers of the Indian Contemporary Art Journal, the event is held annually in Mumbai and Delhi. This year, over 20 new art galleries are participating in the IAF. “There are a total of 150 booths. Art collectors and connoisseurs are spoilt for choices between various medium and styles — oil paintings, acrylic, watercolours, original prints, installations, and drawings on varied subjects including landscape, abstracts, cityscapes, seascapes, portraits, traditional paintings, murals and Warli art,” Patil said.

The artworks on display are also made available through the e-commerce portal in the art galleries and artists’ pavilion.

Veteran journalist-cum-painter Prakash Bal Joshi, who has showcased his latest works under the banner of Art Breeze Art Gallery, said the festival is a major art event where artists get an opportunity to showcase their works. “I have been doing abstract work over the last two decades. Nature is my inspiration and the degradation of the environment is a concern as an artist,” he said.

Gouri Seth (64) from Uchaan Art Gallery, Gurugram, has taken up painting after a gap of 42 years. Showcasing her Buddhas at the exhibition, Seth said, “For me, painting is meditation. Painting Buddhas makes me happy and calm. I want to share the inner peace and happiness with those looking at them.”

The inaugural ceremony was a star-studded affair with singer Sonu Nigam, actress Mahima Chaudhary, musician Lesle Lewis, and noted chef Sanjeev Kapoor in attendance.

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First Published: Feb 16, 2018 16:12 IST