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This exhibition brings together three artists Akhilesh, Sachin Deo, and Yogendra Tripathi who have a distinctive visual language that nurture abstract visions. Abstraction in contemporary Indian art is not specific to any geographical region, but it has been nurtured in Bhopal and has survived the excess of figuration that is prevalent today.
To give a context to Abstraction in India, one can recollect J. Swaminathan, who evolved an abstraction that was deep spiritual reverence seeking to reveal the truth through nature, where he explored flat geometric planes of colour, combining elements from nature in his conceptual landscapes. His philosophy has left a visible influence on artists that have followed the path of abstraction. This exhibition brings to the forefront three such artists.
The most prominent in the group is Akhilesh, his recent works refer to primitive motifs of humans, animals, birds, and plants. His bold calligraphy of patterns emerges from the recesses of his mind and are reminiscent of the ancient cave paintings of Bhimbetka. They have a raw and primordial energy that are throbbing with life force, while his sophisticated palate plays with contrasting colours that absorb the viewer in a trance. The alphabets of nature are celebrated in all its diversity.
Yogendra Tripathi's abstract creations are complex, he works with layering of pigments and overlapping. The expressionistic strokes inscribe calligraphic, hieroglyph notations on the surface and structure, leaving the textured surfaces to resemble cartography of landscapes and notations of the mind. He composes his painterly canvas and punctuates it by linear notations that structure the surface.
Sachin Deo, explores layers in his canvas to create a rich textural context; using multiple materials to create collages like a palimpsest. He intuitively plays with layering the canvas using different materials, leaving his canvas resembling heavily textured ancient walls and manuscripts that are layered by time. He plays with these layers and strands of rice paper that float in an atmosphere of nebulous space and evokes the ephemeral in the flux of matter, with a play with surface and depth.
These Abstract Painters and their practice are like a parallel river flowing with figurative trends, each fellow traveller supporting the journey of another way of perceiving the world. The collective learns from each other and evolve a distinctive style that gives each one a vocabulary, and an identity that defines this journey. It is a spiritual journey from the terrestrial, an inward journey or a meditative mantra of self-absorption. A private getaway from the humdrum of the urban chaos, into silence and solitude, into monologues with line, form colours, and gestures onto canvas.
These accomplished practitioners transcend and renew themselves; mutating and surviving in the divergent space, negotiating the metaphysical with their aesthetic innovations.
The show has been curated by Art Historian, and famed Curator, Suresh Jayaram.
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