Art exhibition Cart That Art- Priceless Art @ Artful Prices by Ashok Haralalka and five other contemporary artists was inaugurated by renowned fashion designer Agnimitra Paul and eminent Tollywood actress Sayani Datta. The event was also graced by the presence of US Consul General in Kolkata, Craig L. Hall.
Around 75 attractive paintings representing everything from spirituality to various facades of Kolkata and a plethora of moods and melodies on canvas was showcased at the exhibition.
The exhibition featured six painters, namely Ashok Haralalka, Kavita Bhuwalka, Nidhi Bhadani, Madhabi Sarkar, Ritu Khetriwal and Usha Bubna. The paintings on display range from Rs 7,500 and go up to Rs 25,000.
Celerbtiy guests Sayani Datta and Agnimitra Paul were full of praises for the exhibition. “The paintings are not abstract in nature and hence will be very easy for the common man to understand” said Sayani Datta.
Exhibitions of this kind are therefore helpful for the artists to showcase their work and also connect with the art lovers who can also buy their works.
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Matrix International Centre of Excellence (MICE), an initiative by Matrix International, Singapore commenced their operations in the city with the setting up of the modern gallery, Galleria M at Little Russell Street. Sixteen leading contemporary artists from all over India presented “Existential Explorations” an exposition offering glimpses of powerful and collective angst. Starting from 12th June to 2nd July, the exhibition “Lyrical Reflections” will be presenting art works by some of the best artists in contemporary art.
Ramjit Ray, the Director of MICE said “Kolkata has been chosen as headquarters of MICE simply because the city has the potential like the other cities like Paris, London, Vienna to be defined for its art and culture. This is also an initiative to put Kolkata back on the cultural map of the world”.
Some of the works on display will travel to other locations including Mumbai and Singapore. Many of the artists are of international repute and some of them will be mentors at the centre in Kolkata. The trainers will conduct workshops and seminars.
As a part of the Legacy initiative, MICE has started work on three projects. The first project is on the Renaissance in Bengal and the independence movement. The second is on individuals and the families which have played an important role in defining Kolkata and the third is on the history and the contemporary nuances of the festival of Durga Puja. The project will end in exhibitions and expositions which will showcase works of art, docu-features and archival documents which will make it an exciting and immersive experience. The Durga Puja project will also feature an interactive idol making process where common people will work along with artists from Kumartuli to create Kolkata’s first idol co-created by the people of Kolkata.
Strokes and Love Notes- a painting exhibition by Subhamay Basu was recently inaugurated at Abanindra Gllery, ICCR. The exhibition was inaugurated by Lopamudra Mitra, Sanchita Bhattacharya, Anindya, Tanmoy Bose and others.
The series of paintings that one will come across in the exhibition has no main characters or events. The works are simply based on relatable people and objects. The balance of line, color and volume is the basis of the paintings exhibited at the painting exhibition. Some of the paintings that can be found in this exhibition include Surrender, Boxed Love, Brittle Spring, Root, Reborn and others.
Subhamay Basu’s tryst with colors began at the tender age when he could hardly hold a crayon. He used to spend hours with colors which were a cause of discontent for his elders and also his parents. However due to family pressure he pursued formal education and even pursued degrees in Commerce. He gave up his passion for colors and began working as an accountant. However his passion got the better of him and he began learning graphic designing by giving up his job. The painter is in the fifteenth year of his career in graphic designing.
Speaking at the occasion, Subhamay Basu said “I have experimented with brushes, appliqué and many other painting techniques. Over the years, people, places kept on changing all around me. These changes affected me and had an impact on my own personality. I have dabbled with many styles only to realize that speed painting in the Neo expressionism style is what suits me best in painting. These changes along with the speed painting style are what I have portrayed in the paintings that you see at this painting exhibition”.
The exhibition will continue till the 8th of June.