Kynkyny celebrates ten years of bringing creativity back down to earth
REPUTED for their unpretentious art space and crafted furniture, Kynkyny marks its 10th anniversary by bringing together six of its most popular artists for a celebratory exhibition.
Reflecting on the last decade, Namu Kini and Vivek Radhakrishnan, the husband-wife duo behind Kynkyny Art and Kynkyny Home, explain that they have now worked with close to 300 artists. Kini handles the curation. “She also steers well-known names such as G Subramanian and Basuki Dasgupta in new directions, and enjoys guiding first-time buyers,” shares Radhakrishna. Speaking of their unusual set up, the pair explains that uniting art and furniture was an organic decision. “Some people object to mixing the two, but at the end of the day, you buy both a painting and a piece of furniture to put into your home, so it’s a natural synergy,” explains Radhakrishna. Among the more memorable shows from the last decade, they hone in on the first solo exhibition with Subramanian, back in 2004. “In a way, it was the birth of his success as well as ours,” says Kini.
“Kynkyny started just when I moved back to India from Saudi Arabia, wanting to break through as an artist, and they’ve been with me every step of the way since,” Subramanian shares. “Namu even suggested that I try out darker backdrops in my pieces, and the first piece that I tried that on – a Brahma – now hangs above her desk in the gallery.”
Fittingly, Subramanian’s mixed media pieces depicting figures from Indian mythology with a childlike innocence (made using cuttings from National Geographic magazine) are on show at the exhibition. “You find so much creative photography in National Geographic, and the printing quality is high, so the colours have a long life,” he explains.
Giving us a preview into what else we can expect, artist Nishant Dange says that the focus of his work is the relation between women and butterflies. “I combine them because of their parallels. Both have to undergo extreme, and sometimes painful transformation, yet both manage to be symbols of love and purity,” he shares. He has recently made the transition to working on canvas rather than paper, explaining that it allows you to ‘touch and feel’ the art, rather than seeing it behind glass. His pieces for the exhibition are all charcoal based, with occasional dramatic splashes of colour.
The show, which starts tomorrow, also includes Sujata Achrekar’s symbolic portraits of young priests, Dhrubajyoti Baral’s paintings on canvas around the theme of love and creation, as well as work by Sachin Jaltare, and Yuvan Bothi Sathuvar. At Embassy Square, Infantry Road. Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 7 pm. Until December 6. Details: 40926202
— Maegan Dobson Sippy