Strokes of innovation

The Gallery Space is conducting a group exhibition titled 'Streaks of Modernity' of paintings and sculptures by Indian contemporary artists.

The show brings forth to the art lovers, the most exquisite artworks with myriad canvasses with distinct and diverse state of desire, mythos and culture offering a contemporary spin on boundless themes with unique touch by each individual artist.

The show promises the art enthusiasts with its varied genres and style of artworks all together that are diverse yet equally strong.

Artist G Rama Krishna informs that he was inspired from the 2-dimensional paintings of Edgar Degas on ballet dancers, which he tried to compose and express through sculpture.

Rama Krishna, in his sculptures, tries to capture a splendid moment or a fraction of a performance during the play.

In some sculptures the artist uses the shadow of the figures as a pedestal; the whole figure stands on the shadow, and it becomes part of the work very much.

'Batukamma' is one of the works in which Kappari Kishan portrays a very important festive ritual of Telangana.

Kishan experiments with different media. He also diversifies to paint on wooden structures.

Multiple faces of wood cuboids assume new vitality due to the paintings and in turn, the paintings gain a different vantage point on the 3D surface.

Telangana-based Srikanth Kurva presents potential in the exploration of various mediums, where he had a chance to paint and print both symbolic and playful compositions using subtle sensuality and stark eroticism.

He picks up roosters, goats and bulls for his painted collages that are very commonly reared among Telangana families exemplifying his rustic identity.

Sachin Jaltare canvasses often contain a female and a male form taking shape from the surrounding elemental abstraction.

"Shiva and Shakti," says Jaltare of the figures. "My Shiva looks more like the rustic men of my childhood in my Maharashtrian small town, very earthy, very every day.

As a child, I used to be fascinated by them, and look where they turned up," he says.

Jaltare, who had always felt figurative paintings were limiting, discovered that abstracts unlocked vast vistas.

HR Das captures the essence of village life through his amazing cattle.

His, bulls and cows don't just exist but pulsate with energy.

Whether yoked or free they effortlessly express the sheer strength and beauty of the beast.

In fact, some may say that he has taken a commonplace animal and given it a heroic status in the manner that it takes on an almost human persona.

One can relate to the beast's agony, its joy of life, its anger and one can fear it as well.

Mumbai-based Anand Panchal's paintings are highly narrative in style, unfolding the stories of rural life.

Most of his paintings show a village background with a small girl as a recurring figure.

He describes her as the daughter of a farmer, who is very eager to pursue her education, but prevented by doing so due to certain circumstances.

He recalls growing up in the rural town and seeing doctors and lawyers occasionally passing through: "We would admire these people to become like them, but no idea of how to reach that position.

Sachin Sagare from Maharashtra was always surrounded and influenced greatly by the women whom he believes to be passionate and hardworking, although fragile and diminutive, are the cornerstone in shaping the values and culture of the society.

His paintings are depicted with such women, with a flower, as a symbol of natural beauty and fertility.

He often paints women with flowers in their hands, with calm and silent moods with very minimal facial expression, infusing the stylistic elements of scenes of daily rustic rural life with the contemporary touch in classical antiquity to create an essence of both modern and rural moods.

Tailor Srinivas was born in a small town in Andhra Pradesh; but he seeks to showcase more than just the village life; indeed, his true motive is to put in focus the solicitous and benevolent nature of the people residing in Telangana.

Whereas Rajeshwar Nyalapalli, born in Medak uses acrylic on canvas to paint his subjects most of which are women characters abounding with passion drawing boundless inner strength.

Hyderabadi artist Fawad Tamkanat explains that the inspiration to paint the way he does comes from observing everyday life.

His canvas is realistic- detailed as life itself.

Tamkanat experiments with several different media and surfaces, diversifying to include those like watercolours, acrylic, etching dry point and tarpaulin in his oeuvre.

Bairu Abhiram paintings are a glimpse of village landscapes which are acrylics on canvas.

These acrylics on canvas reveal men and women, their lifestyle, their emotional ups and downs, their day to day activities, their gossip sessions and so on.

Bairu is also from Hyderabad.

Another artist from Hyderabad Stalin Joseph's work is dependent on design fundamentals, form, colour and composition.

He believes that the simplest forms evoke complex emotions.

He spontaneously and it becomes more detailed as the end product shows itself.

The process involves layering.

Haren Thakur carries the essence and emotion of nature, life and faith.

His work depicts harmony, peace through colour form and use of camouflaged icons of the tribal and contemporary blend of creation, natural surroundings of Jharkhand.

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