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August 16, 2005 > Arts India exhibition

Arts India exhibition

The India Community Center will present Arts India, a special exhibition on August 19 through 27, with a reception on August 19, from 6 to 9 p.m. Featured artists include: Jamini Roy, Thota Vaikuntam, Chanchal Mukherjee, Krishnendu Porel and Subrato Gangopadhyay.

Jamini Roy is one of the seminal artists of Indian art who trained in the prevailing British style in the 1920s. Rejecting the Classical style, he began experimenting on the lines of the local folk art found in the popular bazaar paintings sold outside the Kalighat temple in Calcutta and worked in the idiom of the Kalighat Patua scroll paintings. Combining modern sensibilities with traditional indigenous materials and style, his work was collected by several Europeans who were in India at that time. He died in 1972 in Calcutta. Today his work is coveted and collected by collectors the world over and is part of almost every auction on contemporary Indian art.

Thota Vaikuntam was born in the Karimnagar District of Andhra Pradesh in 1942. He found his inspiration from his village in his drawings of his mother. Vaikuntam's muses are the sensuous women of the Telangana region expressing a sense of monumentality. The artist achieves this with the use of controlled and fluid lines, juxtaposed with brilliant primary colors like red, green, yellow, dark brown and white. Using powerful images of "Telangana women" he occupies the viewer's gaze with concentration on the psychological tensions generated on purely human terms. He has won several awards notably at the Bharat Bhavan Biennale, Bhopal in 1988, the National Award for Art Director, Film "Dasi" in 1989, and the National Award for Painting in 1993.

Chanchal Mukherjee's world is one of dichotomies. His paintings contrasts shadow with light, fantasy with fact, and abstraction with figuration. The common thread that ties these diverse elements together is the celebration of beauty. These recent works mark a return to a vintage Chanchal Mukherjee, characterized by bold colors, soft lines, and wistful, dreamlike imagery. Figures effortlessly blend in and out of the foreground and coexist with animals and their natural environs. Mukherjee moves from the flat application of color to a textured surface using the palette knife to underpaint the work. The relief brings figures to life as seen in works like "Woman Leaning and Man."

Krishnendu Porel uses architecture and man-made structures to capture or create a mood. Light flooding into otherwise darkened corridors, shadows cast by long, ornate columns - he paints in a realistic style that highlights details of color and texture, and the interplay between light and darkness. "The Door," for example, features the bright sun-yellow facade of a dwelling, with two bright-green doors, one closed, the second opened inward to reveal the total darkness within. Subtly crafted with a strong use of primary colors, the work has an almost photographic reality. His paintings are in several collections, including those of Dabur House, New Delhi; RPG Enterprises, Mumbai; Keshoram Industries, Calcutta; and in the homes of many private collectors in India and abroad.

Subrato Gangopadhyay is considered as one of India's leading painters in the modern realistic tradition, with an artistic vision informed by swirling colors, a sense of movement (external and internal), and a vivid array of color with the skills of a virtuoso draftsman. The strength of his lines and the life-like quality of his figures are features that have contributed to his enormous popularity and critical success. His work is in the collections of RPG Enterprises, the Taj Group, the Chennai Museum, Mayo College, and the Victoria Memorial.

Arts India Exhibition
Aug. 19 - 27
ICC Milpitas
555 Los Coches St. Milpitas
(408) 934-1130

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