New Delhi: Dhoomimal.com presents Pure Concept, a group show of drawings by Akbar Padamsee, Arpana Caur, Bratin Khan, FN Souza, Jai Zharotia, Krishen Khanna, Manu Parekh, Samir Mondal, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Satish Gupta, Shuvaprasanna & Thota Vaikuntam at Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi from January 15, 2013 till January 24, 2013, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Phone: 9810033448.
The extraordinary skill and sureness with which it is executed, the brisk and irreversible mark of the pen or pencil, the instinctive selection of the few essential lines and the dependence on rhythm instead of structure constitute some of the charms of drawings by great masters.
Line and drawing must always work in unison. The most remarkable quality of line in drawing is its capacity to suggest solid form, its nuances and contours. A form must be defined by drawing an outline and this outline, unless it is to remain lifeless, must carry a rhythm of its own. While line must have the ability to spring, dance and take off on its own rhythm and strength suggesting both movement and form, tone, texture, light and shade in drawing can indeed suggest weight, volume and contour by way of moulding the form. In fact form is suggested by the two vital ingredients of line and light and shade, the former by its variation of thickness and the latter by the gradation of light and dark.
Pure Concept-Drawings showcases some excellent samples of impactful drawings. Akbar Padamsee’s faces and Arpana Caur’s Compassion embody painterly qualities, subtle and remote. Shuvaprasanna’s works on the other hand are bold and good examples of moulded form as are Bratin Khan’s idealised portraits. Souza exudes brute reality, images throbbing with the synergy of lines. Sanjay Bhattacharya’s huge drawing of a sadhu leads by scale, contours entering and exiting the frame to great impact, the sadhu’s trident resting against the whimsical boundary. Krishen Khanna’s images fully utilises the line, its subtle departures from the continuous to re-enter the frame undiscernibly, to detail form. Samir Mondal, Manu Parekh, Jai Zarotia and Thota Vaikuntam have likewise each made drawings to exploit the full potentials of line and colour.