“Art is not what you see but what you make others see.” These were words of the famous 19th century French artiste Edgar Degas. Even in the present time this quote makes a lot of sense. This was the mood-setting in Artistas, a painting exhibition that took place at Shringaar in Sector 16, Chandigarh.
Showcasing the work of seven artists from the region, the exhibition presented contemporary art in unique textures and a blend of colours.
In a candid conversation with the artistes, we asked them about their displayed work, and the relevance of exhibitions in the modern times.
“An artist is like a bird, who is born to fly,” believes Raman Minglani, one of the curators of Artistas. Indeed, these words can be seen in the works of Raman, who is fond of expression based art. In her painting Heights, she demonstrates the expressions of a passionate women through red strokes.
Talking about consumerism in the world of paintings, another artist Deepshikha Goyal says that it’s very rare to see all the art works sold out, but nowadays people are more aware about art than before.
Deepshika’s fascination for peacocks can be beautifully spotted in her paintings. Her most gratifying moments still remain when on-lookers give her paintings a new outlook through their viewpoint. She goes on to say, “Being an artist, different interpretation really matters. It makes you feel commendable when someone comes to you and starts narrating their understanding about your work.”
Hence, it will be right to say that these artists are still honest to themselves and their work, which gracefully impacts their paintings.
Skilled with floral technique of art, Nikita Mehandru blends the loose ends together through threads, oil, and experiments with myriads of colours. Being the curator of Artistas, the young artist is keen in showing the shades of human behavior. On a stronger note, her painting Circle of Life depicts depression, about which Nikita says, “Depression is a reality that we all have felt somewhere. Through my work I want people to tell that they are not alone.”
Invaluably, for these artists their work comes as a blessing. Every painting tells a different story of their life experiences and imagination. What goes in the mind of an artist is only known by them. It won’t be wrong to say that they are simpletons and their work speaks for themselves.
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