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An eclectic mix of remarkable works
‘Beyond The Form’, a significant show in the capital city of India, includes works done in a wide variety of media. There are paintings done in oil, watercolor, pastel, acrylic on canvas, digital archival ink on canvas, apart from mixed media works on paper, and sculptures.

The organizer of the show, Bajaj Capital Art House, has unveiled an eclectic mix of remarkable works for art aficionados. There are stunning paintings and sculptures by renowned artists such as Paresh Maity, Satish Gujral and Jagdish Chinthala. Some of the young luminaries like George Martin, Viveek Sharma, Nitish Bhattacharjee and Sunil Padwal have contributed equally stunning canvases.

Satish Gujral has greatly influenced and dominated the Indian art scene. The pain and anguish of homelessness during India’s Partition shaped his artwork. Sunil Padwal’s canvas is a mélange of graffiti, Russian icons and captivating colors that come together to convey the brooding mankind’s angst ridden facet. The artist likes adding dimension to his work - an unusual curved surface in place of a flat one, a form of twisted metal, or perhaps an old signboard.

Murali Cheeroth presents a video installation inspired from the built environment, rather than the luxurious flora and fauna he grew up with in and around rural south, specifically Kerala. His current painterly explorations include the urban cultures as the artist looks closely at the idea of re-construction, change, technology, speed, local and global intersections and constantly shifting multiple layers of urban identities. A work by Viveek Sharma focuses on the urban and rural masses of India. Another work by him evokes patriotic bravado in the backdrop of the recent Mumbai terror attacks.

Vivek Vilasini has made a dramatic use of mixed media. The artist’s digital archival ink on canvas work portrays a general in the Vietnam army who defeated the American and French armies. The other work is based on the existence of a Bible, which can be bought online at Amazon.com and off the shelves as well in Bangalore. The artist explains: “Both my works are an anomaly because Vietnam being a small country could resist such powerful invasions while the Bible, covered in camouflage, reminds me of the historical period of the crusades.” The delicate irony they evoke impacts existing ideologies, and influences the viewer’s cultural and social consciousness.

A young and promising artist from Kerala, T.M. Aziz has efficiently worked in oil on canvas and mixed media. "I have never been particular as an artist about maintaining or retaining a style as experiences tend to change with time,“ he says to add: “I accept the new environment, people and prefer to adapt new techniques and colors in my creations."

Jayasri and Maya Burman bring to life the old world charm. Their contemporary coloration exude reflections of folk form. The former’s paintings carry a dream-like lyrical quality with a touch of unique sensitivity, employing mythic elements - coroneted ceremonial bird, strange hybrid animals with human heads, mother Goddess or creatures of the woods. Maya Burman’s paintings are reminiscent of the fascinating French art nouveau tradition. They have a tapestry like effect, whereas her typographies are mostly figurative. Literature and poetry play a significant role in her paintings.

One of the most promising young painters of contemporary Indian art, Paresh Maity began as a painter in the academic style. Gradually, he shifted to representations of the human form from atmospheric scenery. It turned more abstract until a flourish of a brush laden with transparent colors created paintings of excellent evanescent beauty.

Nitish Bhattacharjee also over a period of time has moved from realistic imagery to abstract art or “non-representational art” as he prefers to term it. The high degree of abstraction prompts the viewer to question the content behind the frantic brush strokes resulting in the inexhaustible layers of texture and color on his canvas. Anil Gaikwad works with juxtaposition of varied materials to convey his artistic concerns. According to the artist, his paintings are like a mirror through which he looks at himself. On the other hand, Jagdish Chinthala’s sculptures depict his perception of the outside world and the human nature’s fallibility, giving his works a universal appeal.

Acclaimed artist George Martin P.J captures the outer layer of urban spaces that reflect the post-modern sense of reality. He mentions: “Interaction with our urban surroundings and environment forms the basis of my consciousness, and my ability for creation. There are many touching incidents and events that make me agitated and prompt a spontaneous artistic reaction.” By stimulating their memories and their inner sensory powers, he looks to strike a chord with the viewers.

According to curator Sushma Bahl, the creations focus on the underlying concerns and emotions that the participating artists try to depict and decipher through their works. They traverse the expected reality and beyond to leave a lasting impression.