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Updated: October 6, 2012 15:52 IST

Showcase: Emotions hold centrestage

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Prakriti by Arpana Caur (oil on canvas).
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Prakriti by Arpana Caur (oil on canvas).

The one thing that makes our world varied and stimulating is emotion. Joy, sorrow, longing and desire congregate to make the world a vivid place. And it is the strong language of figurative expressionism that will occupy centrestage at a group show in Tao Art Gallery. From senior artists like Lalita Lajmi, Satish Gujral and Paresh Maity to young ones such as Sunil Padwal and Debashish Dutta, the common thread that binds the works in the aptly named “Vivid World: A Figurative Work of Expressionism”.

Explaining the concept behind the show, Kalpana Shah, owner of Tao Art Gallery, says, “Poetry in figurative works becomes verbal with form, colours and composition. The language of abstracts is more silent compared to figurative work, which has more drama and story. Thus it has been an interesting experience to collate this show, which stuns the viewer with its colour, eloquence and drama. The world on these canvases is so vivid, real, intense and full of varied expressions that, at times, one feels like visiting another world; a world from our dreams, a world of pure perception, rich, alive, self-sufficient, and full. At the same time, one finds oneself as a part of it somewhere. This is the true beauty of this show.”

Here’s a peek into what one can expect to see in this multifarious show: there is an ode to femininity by Arpana Caur who talks about how woman and Prakriti (nature) are symbiotically tied. Jagdish Chander’s work, made using the unique drip technique, presents a kaleidoscope of human emotions. Debashish Dutta comments on the world around him as he sees it and as he relates to it. Sunil Padwal’s works wow the audience with their bold yet simplistic strokes.

Lalita Lajmi’s is a simple version of the emotions shared between a mother and her children; Gogi Saroj Pal’s simplistic yet stylised works seek to show a mirror to the society vis-à-vis its attitudes while Samir Mondal depicts nature in the human and organic form. Nayanaa Kanodia’s humorous take on contemporary families and Paresh Maity’s hauntingly enigmatic and captivating work called ‘Grace’ round up the vivid canvas of this immaculately put-together group show.

Bottomline: A kaleidoscope of expressions and emotions.

Vivid World: A Figurative Work of Expressionism

When: Till October 15

Where: Tao Art Gallery, 165, The View, Dr A. B. Road, Worli, Mumbai

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