With live demonstrations, 10 artists show you what makes their style so unique
Artworld – Sarala’s Art Centre turned 50 this year and as part of their ongoing celebrations, they’ve been organising several exhibitions and events. The latest is a live five-day show, Art Aloft, with 10 well-known artists from Kolkata—where the public can watch them paint and interact with them. “We are bringing down a nice mix, like Parag Adhikari, Tapas Ghosal and Chanchal Mukherjee. With artists working on oil, acrylic, reverse painting, landscape, figurative and abstract, people will be able to observe a whole range of work, see how the paintings develop and ask questions,” explains Bishwajit Banerjee, the gallery’s director.
For the artists themselves, this is an opportunity to bridge the gap between their craft and their audience. “We won’t be entertainers at the event. This will be an opportunity for art lovers not only to observe us at work, but also to initiate a critical dialogue with us. We would love to help them understand contemporary trends and the reality of the art scene,” says painter Amitabh Sengupta, who will be working on his ongoing series of inscriptions. “I use early scripts, like Brahmi and Sanskrit, as an abstract form and then create harmony and space,” he adds.
The gallery hopes to exhibit some of the artists’ past works at the venue, too. And, according to painters like Munindra Rajbongshi, the experience could well lead to the creation of a new series of paintings. “In my work, I represent human expressions. So this interaction could help inspire me,” he smiles.
August 4-8, at Aloft Hotels (OMR), from 11 am to 6 pm. Details: 45925500
Surya Praphulla Kumar