Two sisters, who also happen to be best friends, Pratibha Agarwal and Priti Bajaj have been trying to add a cultural zing to the satellite town of Noida through their art space The Art Life Gallery.
In the latest art exhibition organised by the gallery, ‘The Alchemy of Dreams', the duo has showcased 19 works by artists. M. Jean-Philippe Bottin, Director, Alliance Francaise de Delhi inaugurated the exhibition. Youngest amongst the ensemble is Ujjwal Kumar, a 21-year-old budding painter and a cartoonist who's interested in installations. Ujjwal's work is based on love, emotions and human relationships. “I have worked on a theme of polyamory or dual relationships in this exhibition,” explains Ujjwal. At the other end is 75-year-old Sher Singh Kukkal who has created a scintillating work of art. Rajat Subhra Bandopadhyay, another participating artist, talks about his artistic journey. “After doing my debut show in 1994 and couple of solo shows, I worked for almost two decades in advertising but my love for art brought me back to what I do best — painting and that too with watercolours.” Rajat's forte is paintings and draws heavily from nature.
Mehdi Shaw, a self-taught artist, who has never let the lack of formal training come in the way of creating aesthetic art is showcasing his series on ‘Monalisa and Leonardo' in acrylic on canvas. A topper and gold medallist in MFA, Savita Yadav is inspired by Buddha and reflects on the subject religion and peace.