Monday, December 5, 2022

The Figurative Paintings Show “ Colours of Deccan” At CKP From Dec 8-13, 2022

-     Art Pune Foundation to organize a one of its kind exhibition which will represent paintings by 22 well-known artists from Maharashtra.

In order to revive the artworks of Indian artists, more particularly from Maharashtra and take their stance to higher level by showcasing their work in the public domain, a one-of-its-kind painting exhibition called ‘Colours of Deccan’ has been organized by Pune-based, Art Pune Foundation.

A first group exhibition showcasing best works of 22 prominent contemporary artists from Maharashtra will be held from December 8th to December 13th, 2022 at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Gallery No 4 in Bengaluru from 5:30 PM onwards. The entry to the exhibition will be free of cost and will be open for all.

The exhibition will be inaugurated in presence of Prof. K.S.Appajaiah Vice President-Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Shri. Shashidhar Rao General Secretory - Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath and Dr. M.S. Murty, Eminent Artist and Ex-Chairman Karnataka Lalitkala Academy. Inauguration on Thursday 8th December at 5.30 pm., Gallery No.4, Chitrakals Paristhad.

We all are aware about challenges faced during and after Covid19 Pandemic. It has been an extremely difficult situation for the art community. We at Art Pune Foundation have been working to creating a sustainable and supportive environment for the art community for few years now. Showcasing artists in different cities and different platforms, where they will reach a larger audience is one of our programs and this exhibition is part of the same initiative.

The exhibition will be organized by Sanjeev Pawar (Co-founder of Art Pune Foundation) and Curated by Priyamvada Pawar of Art2Day. According to Priyamvada Pawar, Maharashtra has a legacy of portraiture and the school of figure drawing and realism is very strong. “On the same thought, this exhibition is of paintings by artists who are working in figurative style and realism in a contemporary style. Showing various artists on different platforms and places gives them an exposure to larger audience. That's why such exhibitions are important.

The paintings displayed in the exhibition will be in all mediums, which will include acrylic colours, oil colors and water colors as well, and will be available for purchase with a price range starting from Rs. 30,000 to Rs 3 lakh and above.

“The celebration of the union of life and art will be exemplified in the figurative paintings at our present show. Now a days it is easy to reach out to a larger audiences through social media, but seeing the original piece of art in front of you is an experience in itself,” said Priyamvada, therefore such exhibitions are important.

Other than Pune, Art Pune Foundations aims to have an annual group exhibitions in Bangalore and Delhi as well. And Bangalore show is the first to start with.

The Participating artist are:

Aditya Shirke, Amol Pawar, Anwar Husain, Buwa Shete, Chandramohan Kulkarni, D.S. Rane, Jaya Baheti, ohn Douglus, Mohan Naik, Nilisha Phad, Pramod Kurlekar, Ramchandra Kharatmal, Sachin Sagare, Sachin Sawant, Sanjay Desai, Satyajeet Varekar, Sujata Achrekar, Surabhi Gulwelkar, Rahul Mhatre, Umkant Tawade and Varsha Kharatmal will showcase their artworks in the exhibition.

About Art Pune Foundation (Art2Day)

Founded in 2005, Art2Day made a modest start by showcasing works of young and upcoming artists. Priyamvada and Sanjeev Pawar the founders of Art2Day realized there was no professional platform for artists to showcase their art in the city and there was huge disparity in terms of prices and public recognition. Hence Art2day is committed to creating a greater awareness of Indian art. Art2Day creates a platform For Artist By Artist & Art Lovers to come together.

It is dedicated to the promotion of young talent and provides a platform for them to exhibit their work along with that of eminent artists. The Gallery has featured a wide range of well-known painters and sculptors.  Promoted folk art and artists as well. There have been several noteworthy exhibitions of paintings, sculptures and photography till date.

Curator’s Note

India, as we know is one of the earliest cradles of civilization.

The people, the land, the culture, language, food, dressing and weather are as diverse as they can get. From the mighty Himalayas to the confluence of the Indian Ocean and Arabian Sea, India has immense diversity. To express this diversity it has been the most difficult task for historians and artists alike. For thousands of years, this land has inspired travelers, conquerors and creative people. 

The Indian artist not only inherits the cultural richness but also carries the burden of expressing such a diverse metaphor that we call India. From the earliest works of court painters who painted the scenes from the battles, courts and krida, to the colonial artists who depicted the flora and fauna of the huge landmasses, artists have come a full circle where they are always expected to represent the vastness and richness of India. 

Indian painters have had the unique opportunity to be at the forefront of figurative works with the crescendo of Raja Ravi Verma as well. Portrayal of Indian people is always a celebration of life and festivities. Indians are incomparable when it comes to celebrations! Be it a wedding, a festival, harvest season or even a festival dedicated to our numerous deities. Celebrations have united people and brought out the best in them. This diversity has been an inspiration to portray amazing landscapes and successfully capture the moments from our otherwise still and mundane life, wherein human form remains transcendent.

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