Monday, May 27, 2013

Quarto '13 at Art Musings

Quarto '13 at Mumbai-based Art Musings galley showcases works by 4 prominent artists from the country, namely A Ramachandran, KG Subramanyan, Anjolie Ela Menon and Satish Gujral.               

A Ramchandran makes a strong case for Indian aesthetics and for the use of classical Indian images to articulate an ideological position. The painter converted to using archetypal Indian imagery only after years of painting in the modernist vein. His chosen medium of painting is oil on canvas, and bronze sculptures. Several books have been published on the artist and his work. The artist lives and works in New Delhi and Kochi.

KG Subramanyan studied art at the Kala Bhawan Shantiniketan in 1944-48, followed by a stint in London at the Slade School of Art in 1955-56. As a professor and dean of painting he has taught at the faculty of Fine Arts in Baroda in 1966-80. His long association with Kala Bhawan Shantiniketan has spanned several years first as visiting fellow in 1977-78, and then as a professor of painting in 1980-89. He has held in several solo shows in India and all over the world.

Anjolie Ela Menon is well known for experimentation and innovation, and in an exhibition titled Mutations, New York, in 1996, Menon affected a major change in medium, being the first Indian painter to create computer-aided images resulting in a permutation of visuals from her own earlier paintings. She has participated in several landmark exhibitions including the Algiers Biennale, the Sao Paulo Biennale, and three Triennales in New Delhi.

Entombed in silence in his early years as a result of his hearing being impaired, Satish Gujral drew inspiration from Urdu literature, and in 1939 joined the Mayo School of Art in Lahore. In 1944 he joined the JJ School of Art in Mumbai. Gujral has had shows all around the world and has won numerous national and international awards including the Belgian Government’s the Order of the Crown for designing the Belgian Embassy; National Awards and the Padma Vibhushan.

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