EXTENDED UNTIL 24 MAY 2018
Curated by Abundant Art Gallery
Beyond Boundaries: The Journey of Indian Art from Bengal School to contemporary
Beyond Boundaries has been extended! Due to its popularity, this exhibition will stay at Le Dame Art Gallery one week longer than planned, now closing on May 24. Because of the busy programme, exhibitions are generally installed, opened, closed and uninstalled like clockwork. It’s normally very difficult to extend shows, and there has to be a compelling reason.
We’ve been delightfully surprised by the public reaction to this collective of contemporary Indian artists exhibiting for their very first time in London.
So, clearly great news if you haven’t seen the show yet!!
“Beyond Boundaries” curated by Protima Chatterjee at Abundant Art Gallery, showcases artists who represent the unbroken heritage of Indian art dating back to Ajanta and Mughal miniatures and show how India is responding to global ideas.
The artists engaged in an art camp commissioned by Abundant Art Gallery and CONTRIVANCE, Kolkata from 3rd April to 10th April 2017 in Kolkata. In this camp each piece of artwork was created and now is being presented by Protima Chatterjee at Le Dame Art Gallery. “It was an immersive experience for our artists where they produced exclusive pieces of work” by Protima Chatterjee
Indian contemporary art is going through an exciting phase. “Beyond Boundaries” is our attempt to capture some of that excitement for collectors and art enthusiasts in London.
Our selection of artists represents a range of expressions and creativity working on a variety of themes. There are traditional Indian motifs, mythical and historical subjects as well as expressions of the artists’ inner journeys. The paintings exhibit a wide array of styles, from a reimagining of the Bengal school by Mohi Paul to the abstract explorations of inner emotions by Shad Fatima. In the sculpture section, the work of Ajoy Das is typically Indian whereas Pradip Sur doesn’t shy away from adopting western techniques to present socially relevant messages.
Abundant Art Gallery was set up in 2017 with the aspiration of supporting emerging as well as established Indian artists to showcase their work in the global market. We are pleased to present a collection of creative works from twelve painters, one printmaker and two sculptors of CONTRIVANCE – an Indian artists Guild, in Le Dame Gallery in London. This is a unique opportunity to experience afresh the flavour of Indian contemporary art and its present trends.
Indian Art has travelled a long way since the cave paintings of Ajanta, Bagh and Sittanavasal. British colonial rule added another important influence and introduced western sensibilities into Indian art. In the early 20th century Indian identity reasserted itself with the emergence of the Bengal School of Art. With the active encouragement of British art teacher E.B. Havell (1861- 1934) and the vision of Abanindranath Tagore (1871-1950?) Indian artists in Calcutta adopted traditional Indian ways of painting notably the Mughal miniature style or folk styles such as “Kalighat”. They used indigenous techniques and materials such as natural dyes for their creation. This led to a debate about what Indian art should aim for. Historicity! Or embrace all international trends to reflect modern thought. Contemporary Indian art has struck a balance between the two and coursed a journey which is reflective of India and her response to the world at large. We see confident artists who are not only distinctively Indian but are also excited to have a wider conversation with the global community
Mohi Paul paints historical and mythical figures who inhabit in a twilight world of diffused lighting and robust colours lending a certain warmth to his story telling.
Shad Fatima explores the often-unnoticed interconnectedness of everything in our lives through her abstract gray scale shapes.
Bikas Mukherjee paints colourful and energetic landscapes and geometric shapes that are reminiscent of bright Indian summers.
Dipankar Mukherjee paints Sepia dream worlds populated by clowns, floating figures and strange humanoid creatures who inhabit a shadowy world of romance and desire, promise and despair.
Animesh Biswas’s canvas is one of modest colours, soft lines, simple composition and decorative textures with striking human characters. He particularly uses contrasting colours like red and blue or orange and violet—which strengthen the effect when placed together
Srimanta Das’s new work on “Ganesha” is a refreshingly fresh interpretation of Ganesha- the remover of obstacles. Das focusses on facial contours which are steeped in photo-realism. His work carries many moods and stories.
Sushanta Roy is fascinated by the artistic possibilities of objects from our everyday life. In his paintings this simple everyday objects are frequently transmuted.
Malay Datta paints tranquil meditating Buddha supported by backdrop of rich colour and texture.
Swapan Denra’s work demonstrates dilapidated old buildings of North Kolkata, alleys and lanes and the accompanying promise of regeneration through a doorway or a small bird
Nripen Nath paints dark shadowy worlds with characters reflecting on their losses. Nath forms his shapes through lines and palette and with the use of asymmetrical balance between past and present, figure and colour.
Joydeep Chatterjee tries to capture the ephemeral moment in his paintings with the help of his spontaneous but purposefully scheduled acrylic bush strokes which generate the visual language of realistic intensity.
Tanushree Ghosh’s paintings are resonant with an intensely personal interpretation of Indian mythology with an exploration of divinity especially “Shakti” the female energy that permeates the universe.
Sudip Saha explores various media including linocut, woodcut, and many others. His predominantly use of black and white scenes and compositions have some special message and also embellished with aesthetic appeal.
Pradip Sur’s sculptures convey a multiplicity of meaning and messages through familiar forms. His works bring out an instinctive response to the physical world and to their qualities of scale, texture, mass and echo them in sculptures of timeless theme.
Ajoy Das’s sculptures frequently draw inspiration from traditional motifs like the Owl -vehicle of the Goddess of Wealth and the “Alpana”. His works are known for their realistic shapes and lucid expressions.His subjects are drawn from everyday life and exclusively Indian and sculpted in a soft lyrical style.