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When art tells stories

LiveMint logoLiveMint 31-08-2017 Sohini Sen

India has always been a land of stories. From scriptures to contemporary novels—stories have been recited, read, performed for audiences. Storytelling, therefore, seemed an appropriate theme for Delhi’s Palette Art Gallery to reopen its doors after a three-year hiatus.

The Palette Art Gallery will be hosting Long Story Short—an exhibition of paintings by different artists, from 1 September-7 October. Most of the paintings that will be showcased are in mixed media, by artists like Amit Ambalal, Arpita Singh, Bhupen Khakhar, K.G. Subramanian, Gopikrishna, B.V. Shweta, K.P. Prasad, R. Magesh, Madhu Venugopalan, P.S. Jalaja and Umesh P.K.

“When Rohit Gandhi and Rahul Khanna asked me to curate this exhibition, the idea they gave was to select artworks that capture the imagination of the artist. It should tell a story in some way—be it their own story, or something they want to bring our attention to,” says Kanika Anand, independent art writer and curator for this show.

This exhibition, which spans generations, explores narrative painting and patterns of visual storytelling. There are in all 29 works.

Khakhar’s four paintings, taken from four periods of his life, will show the evolution of his personal style.

Ambalal’s paintings, inspired by the Rajasthani Natwara style, often use a small element as the starting point. Prasad uses memories of a childhood spent in a Kerala village as inspiration. Jalaja does portraits of people from different ethnicities.

Shweta’s work addresses social and cultural stigma from a woman’s point of view. Subramanian tells stories from Indian mythology, while Venugopalan focuses on beds—representing everything from a marital bed, to one used for a funeral.

Long Story Short will be on show from 1 September-7 October, 11am-7pm (Sundays closed), at Palette Art Gallery, 14, Golf Links (41743034). Prices range from Rs40,000 to Rs8lakh.

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