Mumbai art expo seeks to give recognition to southern artists

February 22nd, 2008 - 9:01 am ICT by admin  

By Sunanda Parmeshwar
Mumbai, Feb 22 (IANS) In a bid to accord recognition to new and known artists from southern India, two art galleries here have joined hands to organise an exhibition billed as a niche art expo. The 16-day exhibition at the Cymroza art gallery ends Saturday Feb 23.Fifty-four artists from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have displayed 94 paintings and sculptures. The artists have managed to sell nearly one-third of the total works on display. The prices of the art works range from Rs.25,000 to Rs.700,000.

“There have been similar efforts in the past, but they did not succeed in creating an identity for either south Indian art or the artists from that region,” said Bakhtawar Shroff, curator of the Cymroza Art Gallery, which has tied up with Chennai’s Ayya Art Gallery for this project.

Shroff, who promised more such niche art expos next year, said that the exhibition which displays pencil sketches and canvases in oils and watercolours brings out the expanse that Indian painting has travelled.

She said: “We find a spectrum of options in the art works ranging from the decorative, representational, narrative, socially critical to the philosophical, thought provoking and purely aesthetic.”

Alphonso Arul Dass, a participating artist from Bangalore, told IANS that art must be contemplatively understood, its symbols decoded and its layers of meaning understood, enjoyed and experienced to the fullest.

Another artist, A. Kannan from Chennai, was overwhelmed with the work of his contemporaries and said: “We are from the same genre but with different strategies.”

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