Time: January 30, 2016 at 6:30pm to February 28, 2016 at 7pm
Location: Aakriti Art Gallery
Street: F 213/A Old M B Road. Lado Sarai.
City/Town: Delhi 110030
Website or Map: http://www.aakritiartgallery.…
Phone: +91 11 46130500
Event Type: art, exhibition
Organized By: Aakriti Art Gallery
Latest Activity: Feb 27, 2016
Aakriti Art Gallery proudly presents the 'moods' of lines and colours in Ramkumar's small format works, done on paper with ink/pastel, over five decades or so. The exhibition will travel to Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru and Kolkata and will be first shown as a collateral event of India Art Fair in the Delhi Aakriti Art Gallery at Lado Sarai in January. The show has been created by well known poet and art critic Prayag Shukla, a close associate of Ram Kumar. The idea is to celebrate and focus on such works which differ to a large extent from the bigger works done on canvas with oil and acrylic and are singular in their approach and intent. In these small format works, which are of a rare kind, and largely unseen so far, the viewer is invited to absorb more intimately, a journey of the artist which traverses, paths, bridges, mountain- like heights and vistas of a mental cape (signifying landscapes as well) in all their dark, white, grey and bright hues. The drawings and pastel works are like diaries of the artist, literally done on Bahikhatas (account books) where a certain 'contextual' mood is charted, followed and spontaneously documented, leaf after leaf, in sensitive, live-wire like lines and colours, which are truly sensitizing and illuminating. The way the lines and colours 'proceed' at times hesitantly, and at another point affirmatively, is aesthetically satisfying and cerebrally exciting.
These works have directly come from the artist to the gallery, and range from 1960s to the present. Ram Kumar excels in ink and pastels, and here we appreciate all the ingredients as much as we appreciate the content and intent of the works. The 'leafs' of Bahikhatas, when seen both individually, as well as collectively, whisper softly to us, in a communion which is willfully positive and brings to us a feel of sublime and peace. The momentous 'churning' of emotions and visual experiences here, marvel in a search of beauty and synergy, to enthrall and captivate our gaze for long.