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New Art Gallery spices up bare walls

The second Swastika Art Gallery opened recently at Shahpur Jat with a group show by artists like Anita Kulkarni, Annu Naik, Illoosh Ahluwalia, Nupur and Subrata Kundu, Saba Hasan, Vinod Sharma, and others.

india Updated: Apr 29, 2003 16:43 IST
PTI

The second Swastika Art Gallery opened recently at Shahpur Jat with a group show by artists like Anita Kulkarni, Annu Naik, Illoosh Ahluwalia, Nupur and Subrata Kundu, Saba Hasan, Vinod Sharma, and others. Said the gallery’s owner, S.K. Verma, a CA by profession, “I inherited interest in art from my father who was an art collector. We realise there’s a disparity in terms of prices and recognition between the old masters and many senior contemporary artists.”

The paintings of eminent artists set in the right ambience, are not attention soliciting compositions, yet they catch the viewer’s attention firmly. They resemble in their simplicity. The painters’ drawings have wit, they are addressed to an intelligent public, it seems.

Veteran artist Jatin Das commented, “This is yet another gallery that’s come up. We hope it’ll survive.”

The gallery provides an assurance that each piece of art, which they offer for sale, will be a genuine work.

Verma perhaps had the final say, “Besides affordable art, there exists art that’s a thing of aesthetic pleasure as well as a judicious investment. This put us on the search for artists who would make it to the ‘collectors’ grade.”

Spotted at the occasion were fashion designers Suneet Verma and Ratna Vyas, Michael Ludgrove, Director, Ludgrove International based in Australia, art collector Shivani Chakrabarty, SK Verma’s gynaecologist wife Dr Poonam Verma, daughter Meghna Bhagat and several others.

First Published: Apr 29, 2003 16:26 IST