He has been busy creating concentric ‘Nests’

For the 36 year old this is introspection in full bloom. As a vicenarian, while doing Masters of Fine Arts, Janarthanan Rudhramoorthy got an opportunity for his first solo show with Apparao Gallery in Delhi and Chennai. The promoter and curator of the gallery – Sharan Apparao, who had done stints with the likes of…

Avant garde folksy hand embroidery

Tracing fashion history of the past decades, folksy embroidery which was seen as a trend in the 70’s, has resurfaced in the 2020s. Taking cue, as handcrafted is a novelty during these trying times for the artisans, I found an year old Brinda Dudhat’s Morii Design. The name ‘Mori’  has been derived from a Japanese…

“Simple done Perfect is never Simple”

Have you ever considered the benefits of linen fabric for your bed? A quick recap…..It’s breathable, moisture absorbent and has evaporating qualities which leaves it fresh and cool even after being slept on. As bacteria resistant it is ideal for people with skin diseases, and children. I particularly like the sound of a ‘light massaging…

The ‘Pattern Farmer’

Gallery Ark in Vadodara, Gujrat, is about to end a show ‘Otherworldly Interiors’ with British artist Alexander Gorlizki which was on view from 8th February till 8th March’20.  This Brooklyn based, English artist also maintains a studio in Jaipur. He has studied Fine Art at Bristol Polytechnic, followed by an M.F.A. in Sculpture at The Slade…

Affect and Mood

Do external conditions leave you disturbed or does your mood affect your environment? Like the chicken or the egg story, artist Rajita Schade, born in  Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, plays out the role of affect and mood through stark colours and  abstract shapes. Our conversation reveals how sensitivity made way for uniqueness in her work. Geography of…

The observations of a discerning artist

India Art Week is round the corner- 30th Jan. to 2nd Feb’20. Capital’s art galleries are busy playing up to the hype. Amidst all this Gallery Art Motif is currently (20th Jan-15th Feb’20) exhibiting ‘The Art of Hand Painted Textiles’ by Ajit Kumar Das which is a sell-out (with just 2-3 paintings left to go)…

Her art matrix

The 1920’s in India saw Company Style due to the ongoing British Colonial Period. While Early Modern Indian Painting had subjects which were purely Indian but were drawn with western techniques and Bengal School was a reaction to the Western influence – reviving our rich cultural heritage. A century later, 32 year old illustrator –…

Its literally taking ‘generations’ to revive a near extinct textile

Few weeks ago I attended a symposium by Craft Revival Trust titled ‘After the Nawabs’  highlighting Himroo which could well be a textile of a bygone era. Textile aficionados who missed it could actually pick up Radhika Singh’s book ‘Suraiya Hasan Bose:Weaving a legacy’ about a legendary weaver in her mid-eighties. I sat there mesmerized…

Contemporary mughal art from across the border

Pakistani artist, Syed Muhammad Khayyam Shah‘s miniature mughal paintings are different. We choose to speak to the 28 year old whose artworks are done with natural pigments. like his faded faces accentuating beautiful textiles of a bygone era.  

Rajas, Nawabs and Firangees

It is showing unseen historic archives of French mercenaries serving Indian rulers during the latter half of 18th and first five decades of the 19th century (1750-1850). The treasures are vignettes of Indian court life, representations of French travellers, and sacred texts in the form of rare manuscripts and paintings. Taken from the  archives of…