Jumbish is a platform for artists to showcase their artistic skills and act as mediators to bridge the gap between the common man and art. Horse is a universal symbol of freedom without any restraints, companions of man, within picturesque landscapes and in dynamic races, chases, and battles. Horses stand for the balance of wisdom and power. An important thing to remember about horses is that they are representative of the spirit, similar to freedom. Horses symbolize the undaunted quest of human being for the greatest of the feelings called love. I loved the concept every participant came up with as each artwork was unique and had its own distinctive style. It was indeed a very delightful experience to be on the jury and help take such amazing talent ahead.
Paint party is a fabulous concept! The organisers could work on different segments of the kind of people who attend these parties because primarily it is a great activity along with some fun and could also benefit from a therapeutic aspect of spending time in a more creatively useful way to bond over the subject of art which exposes you to the most sensitive areas of your existence and I think it pretty much add a different flavour to the evening and gathering. I strongly feel art is also something that makes you a little more aware about your existence and inner being. It is a great way of getting people more inclined towards art by bringing conversations around it, exposing your thoughts in that direction and exchanging ideas also brings about an overall awareness. Interactions and discussions on the subject at a social platform is how people actually start thinking more about it. Art being a subject which in itself is a mode of expression helps educate people about its growth and value through these interactions. It could also help deviate towards an inner understanding of a more profound subject of the heart. I think that art parties are a great source of entertainment, enlightenment and a great way of spending time.
The art fairs are absolutely a boon. The crowd is diversified and you get a large section of the society to attend the fair as people are well cultivated about the concept of the fair. The interest in India for art is growing and is diversified, as people are opening themselves to more genres of art. Attendees of the art fairs are all different buyers, some seeking more of decorative art, some serious and some high-end art. High end art fairs have a more art educated audience who understand the nuances of art which only an exposed audience would know.
The Ogaan India Design Fair, held every year on the NSIC grounds in New Delhi, for years has been one of the most exciting times of the year for me. Sharing my art journey, talking about my inspirations and making new friends through it all, has made this an experience I deeply cherish. This year topped it all, as I had the opportunity to set up my Solo Exhibition at Ogaan. For the display, I brought together three of my recent series- “Reflections”, “Horizons” and “Seascapes”, which explicate the essence of my Art – vibrant, vivacious, psychedelic yet subtle. On display was also my personal favourite “assemblages” as I like to call it, from ‘Alchemy’ – my series of utilitarian and decorative objects created with scrap metal, along with ‘Melange’ – an Asian inspired, aesthetic range of furniture. The fair was well attended by renowned architectects, interior designers and industrialists from India and abroad – Pinky Reddy, Kumar Mangalam Birla, the Munjals, the Jindals, Gauri Khan to name a few. A thrill indeed.
Artival’ was a group show of Indian Masters curated by India Art festival and Hindustan Times at the IndiaBulls Blu, Worli in Mumbai. The weekend exhibit included works from the masters collection from the likes of Akbar Padamsee, S.H Raza, M.F. Hussain, Satish Gujral, Surya Prakash, Laxma Goud, Thota Vaikuntham, etc.