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 –…

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…

Evoking nostalgia of the world slipping through our hands

While writing this piece the dreary sky outside my window spoke of our constant abuse  of natural resources leading to global warming. This imminent green sunny deficiency has led me to appreciate young individuals like Jisha Unnikrishnan whose black and white, pen and ink artworks of nature evoke a sense of nostalgia; a world which…

Understanding life through art

Going by the “Hurun Indian Luxury Consumer Survey 2019” the high-net-worth Indian’s most preferred personal investments are real estate and stock market. I’m happily shocked that lower down the line ‘Art’ too has managed to hold its own under collectibles despite such uncertain times.

Handloom is neither cheap nor imperfect

“We work for that day when the word ‘handloom’ connotes neither cheap…nor imperfect…nor does it bring to mind visions of poor artisans with underfed children. We look forward to that day when ‘hand-loom’ is associated with pride and joy…and rightfully acknowledged as the very backbone of our culture and heritage.” – Karomi Crafts Kona Collection…

Botanical paintings leading to conservation awareness

Climate change or climate crisis means the same but many prefer to choose the first option for a softer and more positive approach. We get scared of being shown the mirror. Recently at a Sarita Handa (New Delhi’s upmarket concept store known for its most luxurious upholstery fabric in India) event I was blown away…