An exhibition featuring works by 21 contemporary artists capturing the myriad hues of Mumbai opened at Hauz Khas Village in the Capital on Tuesday. From pathos to peace, sorrow to happiness and turmoil to awakening, life comes a full circle in this exhibition.
Titled "Ye Hai Mumbai Meri Jaan", the 12-day exhibition brings to life the works of a young breed of known as well as not so well known artists of the cosmopolitan city.
Organised jointly by Art Konsult and Gallery Beyond, the exhibition is a sort of coming of age of the participating artists. All of them have worked and lived around Mumbai.
Ranging from pure academic to contemporary images, the works reflect the sensibilities of the artists' birthplace. All the artists have chosen with a conscious decision the specific language and mode of expression in the way they want to project their personal voice. The works display the artists' stance towards the changes in society and culture, besides highlighting the vocabulary of contemporary art.
Capturing the full spectrum of contemporary expression, the exhibition displays the works of talented artists like Ajay Dhandre, Preetha Kannan, M. Sharvasti and Amol Nanal.
A student of J.J. School of Art, M. Sharvasti is a fine portrait painter. His images have a deep sense of empathy for the rural people, who are often featured in his works. He has complete control over all mediums -- oil, acrylic and watercolour.
Amol Nanal's images address the questions of personal identity and moral dilemmas along with issues of preservation and alienation that are especially true in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
Born and brought up in Nagpur, Ajay Dhandre's works talk about consumerism, the loneliness of living in this huge metropolis with all its tinsel and glamour, while Preetha Kannan's new body of work has a spontaneous in-your-face immediacy. It is further heightened by the contrast between movement and calm and by the choice of colours. -- Madhur Tankha