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BAJAJ CAPITAL ART HOUSE Celebrating Its First Anniversary With BEYOND THE FORM

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Bajaj Capital Art House (BCAH) celebrates its
first anniversary with Beyond
The Form ; a group exhibition of more
than forty works including paintings in water colour, oil, pastel and acrylic
on canvas & aluminum, digital archival ink on canvas, mixed media on paper
and sculptures by fourteen contemporary artists from August 05, 2009 to August 07, 2009 at Visual Arts Gallery, India
Habitat Centre, New Delhi. the exhibition will continue at Gallery Art Positive , L -26, Kalkaji, New Delhi from August 08, 2009 to August 14, 2009.   the
show will then move to Jehangir Art
Gallery , 161/B, Mahatma Gandhi
Road , Kalagodha, Mumbai, from August 24, 2009 to August 31, 2009 .


The participating artists are Anil Gaikwad, George Martin P.J, Jagdish Chinthala,
Jayasri Burman, Krishen Khanna, Maya Burman, Murali Cheeroth, Nitish
Bhattacharjee, Paresh Maity, Satish Gujral, Sunil Padwal, Viveek Sharma, Vivek
Vilasani and T.M. Azis.

The celebratory mood will also
witness the launch of BCAHs Bajaj
Capital Art House Artist Fellowship ; a one year fellowship aimed at m i d-career visual artists who have had
at least two solo and six group shows to their credit and are in the age group
of 25 ' 40 years. The final selection will be made on the basis of the artists
track record, current body of work, project proposal and future potential. The
selected artist will be awarded a fellowship of Rs 50, 000 as cash grant which
can be used for research, travel, materials or acquiring facilities as outlined
and agreed in the project proposal. The fellowship will conclude with a curated
solo exhibition accompanied by a catalogue that BCAH will sponsor and present showcasing
the new work created during the year.   


Anu Bajaj, Director, Bajaj Capital Art House: BCAH has brought forth an eclectic mix of quality art that
promises to bring a cheer for all art aficionados. There are stunning paintings
and sculptures by star artists Krishen Khanna, Satish Gujral, Jagdish Chinthala
and Paresh Maity while equally remarkable canvases have been contributed by
some of the young luminaries including George Martin P.J, Viveek Sharma, Nitish
Bhattacharjee and Sunil Padwal. Mixed media has been
used dramatically by Vivek Vilasini and Murali Cheeroth who will also be
presenting a video installation. While Anil Gaikwad works with juxtaposition of
old and new materials, T.M. Azis works is oil on canvas.   Jayasri and Maya Burman bring alive the old
world charm and reflections of folk form in their contemporary coloration. The
works in the show are all unique and refreshingly special - indeed a
collectors delight.


Says Sushma Bahl,
curator of the show : Beyond the Form attempts to focus on the underlying concerns,
issues, emotions and stories that artists as creators delve into beyond what
the eye can see as a ubiquitous form. Most of the artworks have been specially
created for the exhibition in response to the theme and give the viewers an
interesting visual and aesthetic panorama of contemporary art in varied
expressions, oeuvres and genres. 


In Vivek Vilasini s digital archival ink on canvas work titled Mind the Giap , he has
portrayed General Wong Neo Giang Giap, a general in the Vietnam army who fought
and defeated the French and American armies while his other work Untitled
'Holy Bible' is based on the actual existence of a Bible that can be
bought of the shelves in Bangalore and online at Says the artist:
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 cultural and social
consciousness of the viewer. Vivek examines our existing social structure,
various expressions of cultural identity prevalent in society today and raising
questions about the continually changing global scenario that every individual
battles to keep pace with.


Artist Viveek Sharma s oil on canvas , for instance, delves into our social milieu and
makes the narrative self explicit as if hidden behind the forms. The situations
in either of his works are not ubiquitous like in the case of Bullet
proof , the image of an invincible Chathrapathi Shivaji on the horse
back signifying the terror attacks in Mumbai defended by commandos bearing the
tricolour and the peace pigeons in flight, are coalesced images bearing a
national identity that is distinctively Indian. On the other hand Brain
wash depicts the urban and
rural masses of India ,
their heads as repository and brains as receptacle for an earmarked product of
mass consumerism.


One can
see a similar aura of its own in Anil Gaikwad s o il, pastel and acrylic work titled Shadow
Becomes Reality where the light
emanating from the colour pervades the canvas, resulting in a sublime and
serene landscape. Says the artist: My paintings are like a mirror to me through which I look
at myself. My images are identified
with certain terrain, valley or a landscape, but in reality I delve deep into
an inner space, which unfolds gradually and creates a terra incognita. Thus, my canvases
become a meditative place. Each brush stroke aimed at the
surface of his canvas is not innocent; it reveals and conceals, encodes and
decodes at the same time.


Taking the canvas beyond the concept of hyper-real
figuration and colourful abstraction, acclaimed artist George Martin P.J s acrylic on canvas paintings titled A Touch of Elegance and Looking
For Closure enact an enigmatic drama of contemporary life in simplistic urban situations. Applying a unique methodology - first by the mediation of a camera and then
by a program that enables the artist to deconstruct the first image - the unity
of the images are broken down to make it look like colourful patches. George Martin
P.J captures the outer layer of urban spaces which reflect the post-modern
sense of reality. Says George Martin P.J: Interaction with our urban
surroundings and environment is the basis of my consciousness, my ability for
creation. There are many touching incidents and events that make me agitated
and prompt a spontaneous artistic reaction. The artist tries to strike a chord
with the viewers by stimulating their memories, their inner and invisible
sensory powers.


from the built environment, rather than the luxurious flora and fauna he grew
up with in Kerala, Murali Cheeroth s
new video work is based on research on
the use of pesticides on cashew crops in and around rural South, which is
leading to some serious health, environmental and genetic disorder issues among
farmers. In the paintings, his current explorations include the architecture of
the city, urbanization and urban cultures and looks closely at the idea of
re-construction, infrastructure, technology, speed, change, local and global
intersections and multiple layers of urban identities. The colorful theatrical
images here that appear surrounded by machines in one of the works and under
the arch-light in another, seem to unveil human body and mind entangled in
multiple identities and societys increasing technology dependency.   Though, mainly he works on paintings and
videos, he has worked on printmaking and theatre also.  


Murali Cheeroth, T.M. Azis s oil on canvas work titled Untitled
is steeped in the expressionistic figuration of Kerala from where he too hails.
A young and promising artist who has worked in mixed media; his characters
reflect situations that represent state of mind, body, gesture and dramatic
movements from life. He says: "I
have never been particular about maintaining a style as experiences change with
time. I accept the new environment, people and like to adapt new techniques and
colors in my works. My works are like documentation of my personal
experience and knowledge of my time.


Sunil Padwal too works in mixed media and explores the
androgynous urban male by giving him a definite form and identity. A mlange of
colors, graffiti and Russian icons come together on his canvas and effectively
convey the angst ridden facet of brooding mankind. He enjoys adding dimension
to his works, an unusual curved surface instead of a flat one, a molded back to
make the painting move away from the wall, a form of twisted metal or an old


On the other
hand, femininity is the world created by Jayasri
Burman who creates a balance between beauty and nature through her mixed media work on paper and canvas. Her paintings have a dream-like lyrical quality
with unique sensitivity, using mythic elements - strange hybrid animals with
human heads, coroneted ceremonial bird, mother Goddess or creatures of the
woods etc.


Maya Burmans
w atercolours are
delicate and detailed with a strong fantasy element. Reminiscent of the French
art nouveau tradition, her paintings have a tapestry like effect. Maya first
sketches in pencil and then applies a layer of watercolour, finishing the
outlines and details in black ink with a pen. A meeting ground of two cultures
- Indian and French, her paintings blend the genres of Indian miniature
painting and European Middle Age architecture in her art. Not only that,
literature and poetry is also very significantly present in her paintings, while
her typographies are predominately figurative. She says: Painting is my life, my
emotions and my pains which are coming on the paper.


One of the most promising young painters of contemporary
Indian art, Paresh Maity started out
as a painter in the academic style, but over the years began to shift from
atmospheric scenery to representations of the human form. Gradually the imagery
and form became more and more abstract until the young painter with flourish of
a brush laden with transparent colours began to create paintings of great evanescent
beauty. Deriving his inspiration as much from the surrounding landscape as from
folk forms and contemporary life, Paresh Maity creates a web of fantasies and
stories soaked in beauty, pulsating with romance, passion and intrigue. Though recognized
as a water colourist, the young painter is equally at ease with oil on canvas as
is evident in his acrylic and mixed
media on paper or canvas work.


Similarly, Nitish Bhattacharjee too worked
with realistic imagery in his early body of work but has for some time moved to
abstract art or non-representational art as the artist prefers to call it. For
the show, Nitish has created acrylic on
canvas work and his narratives may be described as passionate encounters
between lines and hues. In fact, the degree of abstraction is so immense, that
the viewer is compelled to question the content behind the inexhaustible layers
of texture and colour as well as the frantic movement of brush strokes that
occupy his canvas.


A well
known name in contemporary Indian sculpture, Jagdish Chinthala uses papier-mch and aluminum to create his
sculptures titled Anniversary , Best Man, Room Mates and Man
at Miami Beach . Inspired by folk sculptures, toys, acquaintances and
incidents from his childhood in India ,
his recent papier-mch creations are three dimensional, columnar figures,
developed into busts, masks and life-sized figures. Each piece depicting the
artists astute perception of the outside world and the fallibility of human
nature are specific and unique; its character subtly revealed through clothing,
facial expressions, posture and use of hands. It is the artists depiction of
intimate and human emotions that gives his works such universal appeal,
affectionately commenting on society and dramatically narrating his stories.
The charm of his sculptures lies in their simplicity which is so inherently
alive as to vitiate all criticism.


the few artists who have constantly dominated the Indian art scene, Satish Gujral has been internationally
acclaimed for his multi-talent in paintings, graphics, mural, sculpture,
architecture and interior design. It is the pain and anguish of homeless during
the partition of the country that took shape in his artwork. Says the artist:
My works always gets inspiration from the prevalent elements in contemporary
living. I create forms that I consider not only modern but are infused with
energy and motion. All my four paintings made for the show are in acrylic and gold on canvas . they are
composed of elements that are part of day to day contemporary mans life and
his involvement in mundane functions. They depict mans attempt to harness


Krishen Khanna , deft in drawing and painting has some large scale pen, pencil and ink works that rotates
around human experiences and situations. Through the surface of his paintings
immersed in thick impasto, familiar figures appear and disappear jogging ones
distant memories. The two drawings here feature one of his most popular and
engaging subjects- the bandwallas .
Wearing their typical hats and coats holding up their brass instruments the bandwallas are seen to herald a time for
celebration and joy for others though they themselves have to struggle to make
a living. The compositions in immaculate and detailed line work and rubbed
portions evoke two consummate scenes.    


These artists have created artworks that are
bound to go beyond the expected reality and create a long-lasting impression of
meaningful art!

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