Art diary: Blurring the hard boundaries of the media for the sake of creativity

Paintings, sculptures, graphics and drawings come together under one roof with artists from all over the country presenting their works in the capital. Art lovers roaming the gallery lanes, exploring new ideas and soaking up culture will get their money’s worth at the 93rd and 94th annual All India Art Exhibition, which features 237 artists.

Delhi-based artist Joyattam Dutta Roy, whose painting is featured in the exhibition, has experimented with different styles over his two-decade career and says, “From oil on canvas rubbed with sandpaper to acrylic cut with a blade was scrapped by adding layers with epoxy and later abstract photography, be it any art i believe should not be limited to a canvas. So I started playing with the idea of ​​bringing my art to life through augmented reality; what I now like to call a living landscape. After refinement, I submitted my physical work combined with a three-dimensional audio-video project for this show.”

Avneet Chawla’s drawing entitled Lino Opus-VI.

“I want to spread happiness through my work,” says Avneet Chawla, another Delhi-based artist. Among the 42 artists she was awarded for her drawing Lino Opus-VI. For Chawla, art must reflect happiness, not only for the one holding the brush, but also for the viewer. Using graphite on paper, she explains, “In my work you can see many structures along with dots representing luck in the architectural forest of finding a city. I found inspiration for this technique in Australian Aboriginal art. However, over the years I have personalized the style and given it a three dimensional angle. You can see the difference in size, color, texture and dimension.”

For Jitendra Prajapati, a young sculptor, art is a medium to create awareness of environmental education with ecological principles. “The environment that surrounds me has always been my inspiration,” says Prajapati, who is originally from Uttar Pradesh. One of the artworks he is exhibiting at the fair shows how forests are being transformed into concrete jungles, and he says: “Rampant deforestation has resulted in habitat damage and biodiversity loss, threatening the survival of numerous species. So my work shows a human face that devours animals.”

A sculpture by Jitendra Prajapati.
A sculpture by Jitendra Prajapati.

“Out of 734 entries, our jury selected 237 artists to present their works, 46 of them were even awarded for outstanding achievement in the field of art,” says Mukesh Kumar Tank, exhibition assistant at the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society (AIFACS ). “Last year we couldn’t hold the annual exhibition, so this year we combined the 93rd and 94th editions. However, the number of entries was lower than expected as many were still skeptical due to the pandemic when we started work on the show in December last year.”

Experience it live

What: Annual All India Art Exhibition

Where: AIFACS, Rafi Marg

Until: April 13th

Time: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m

Nearest tube station: Central Secretariat on the yellow and purple lines

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