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Aakriti Art Gallery is seeking to recruit 2 Gallery Interns to join the team at an exciting time before a busy forthcoming exhibition and art fair period.


Location: Kolkata


Key Responsibilities will include:

  1. Responsible for the day-to-day running of the gallery, interacting with clients and facilitating all phases of the exhibition planning process. 
  2. Meet clients and receipt items for the relevant sale. Manage the gallery with assistance.  Monitor incoming and outgoing items.  Ensure that the gallery area is presentable at all times.
  3.  Deal with email enquiries.  Assist with photography and take additional photographs of items for clients and specialists.  Liaise with vendors and specialists to confirm sale estimates and reserves.
  4. Assist in the production of sale catalogues.  Upload relevant text and images to the various online sites.
  5.  Organise marketing and advertising in print and electronic media. Monitor web based advertising. Compose mass emails to clients in the run up to the auction. Understand and engage with social media in various forms.
  6. Manage the consignment of artworks and prepare the saleroom for exhibitions.  Assist specialists with all pre-exhibition enquiries.
  7.  Ensure that all gallery website content are monitored and kept up to date.  Assist with the break-down of the exhibition and the preparation for the sale day.
  8. Assist with invoicing and payment in the days following the sale. Assist with shipping and arrange postage and packaging for lower value items.
  9. The candidates are also expected to travel when and where required with gallery office work, shows or events  
  10. Assisting sales team and contributing to client database.



The Ideal Candidate will have:

  • Art background along with co-ordination, logistical organisational skills.
  • Excellent communication and delegation skills are essential.
  • Experience and knowledge of operating a wide variety of tools and machinery.
  • Computer literate all Microsoft office packages ideally, Photoshop.
  • Light art handling skills are a plus.
  • Proficient in languages, poses basic writing skills, solid interpersonal skills, excellent organizational skills,
  • Should be able to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment.
  • Self – motivated, responsible and can work within a team structure.

These are immediate openings and the selected candidates will have to join immediately. To apply please send a covering letter and curriculum vitae to relation@artnewsnviews.com by 5th of August 2015.


Aakriti Art Gallery

(A unit of Chisel Craft Pvt Ltd)

 Orbit Enclave, First Floor

 12/3A, Picasso Bithi (Hungerford Street)

 Kolkata-700 017   


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19th aug 1960
About Me
into modern art and jazz
www.derek.monteiro.me & www.marvellousnonsense.blogspot.com

TAPPING The MARVELLOUS - Derek Philip Monteiro ( email : giggle_ashram@yahoo.co.in)
(Personal views on ART)

I’m constantly being asked to explain my paintings, etc. Quite honestly I don’t know what to say or where to begin?Let me try…..

What is my Philosophy?
I KAN’T Say – I DON’T THINK, therefore I AM….(due apologies to Descartes)…..& everything turns out just fine. No intellectual hangovers for me anymore.

What do I believe?
I believe a picture should speak a thousand words and that elephants should fly, gold fish should tap dance and that the moon is a rolled up bear! Please, DON’T DISTURB HIM by landing on his tummy at noon.OK?

What is ART?
Art is experience! A painting has to be experienced. My concerns are primarily PICTORIAL!!! That means that I’m least concerned about intellectual subject matter, slickness, ideographical, ideological or conceptual approaches.

ART is a language to express the Intangible…. Line, form, colour are the elements as any 5 watt Tubelight will quickly enlighten you about…
All the elements coming together, creating an illusion of space on a 2-D surface,keeping in mind composition,balance,design,etc. with a specific goal in mind.

So what is the goal in ART?
A work of art has to provoke an AESTHETIC experience in the viewer!!! More like a mystical experience. Or as the Chinese would say – a painting has to possess Rhythmic Vitality!! Also Quality of life-enhancement is another term used .Or put another way-you know quality in Art when you see it BUT you cannot define it intellectually nor
express it in words.
One has to note here ,that to many , Art is a very subjective experience based on individual likes and dislikes.Having said that, the question arises : Can Quality in Art be judged OBJECTIVELY? Ultimately a painting has to stand alone and be judged and appreciated accordingly.No amount of hype,hoopla or publicity can revive a dead dinosaur!! or bring back an extinct dodo??.....oops! there I go mixing metaphors again….

Anyway,that would be truly MARVELLOUS!!
I mean,seeing a Dead Dinosaur Dance!!

Well, Andre Breton ,that surrealistic dude, loved this word MARVELLOUS !
I liked the sound of it, too, so I use it to explain the SOURCE from where
I ABSTRACT (draw all my inspiration & perspiration ) FROM….

ARTISTS (from my MULTI-PERSPECTIVE point of view) are NOT CREATORS only Stenographers - taking down what they receive and conveying it, hopefully effectively!!!

What is all this NONSENSE?? Am I talking sense or zen ???

Silly, absurd, illogical titles are what I give my paintings.So in a way,I do introduce SUBJECT matter,back in a WHIMSICAL manner!
Well, one has to feed the intellect (the monkey mind) some bananas to divert it, keep it on hold or occupy it and thus…….
….. the child within all of us is set free to enjoy and experience a painting!
I must admit that the reason, I title my paintings so absurdly, is bec’os I’m annoyed! - I didn’t get 2 Litres of sunshine, this monsoon!!
The rationing officer just smiled… Help yourself, to all the rice, sugar and toilet paper, u need - it’s FREE! but SUNLIGHT? …that’s gonna cost u! We’ve already sold the RAINBOW to a rich beggar down the street.


And finally,according to me, a good painting is a gift, which keeps on giving & giving & giving…

THAT’S ALL!! Did I forget anything? See? I tried my best to explain myself. Here I must confess that all the ALPHABET soup, I happily ingested as a child (I wanted an education) helped me pick up a few letters here and there…. Many slipped away!!!! All the ZZZ’s too even though I was trying to sleep! WHO is this guy PAUL KLEE? Fortunately the DNA micro camera implanted in my …. (I’m too embarassed to disclose the location) recorded all the words and sentences INTACT as they happily passed by ….

“The heart that beat for this world has been almost extinguished in me. It is as though my bond with these things were memory…. One relinquishes this world and builds into a region beyond, a region which can be all AFFIRMATION!!!!’

email: giggle_ashram@yahoo.co.in

( Profile)

Born in 1960, Derek Philip Monteiro was studying for an MSc Physics degree at the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay when the call of art beckoned early in life and he bid farewell to a career in physics, to pursue his first love - art. With no formal training in the arts, he has long been active scribbling, drawing, painting and writing away. A self taught artist, he spent a lot of time at the wood, metal, lathe, welding workshops and at the IDC Industrial Design Centre on the IIT Campus, Powai. So, here is an artist with a powerful sense of vision. Derek is completely at ease with a variety of colour media, including oils, acrylics, oil pastels, glass paints, ink, and multi-media collages. Intuitively, he accepts reality as metaphysical and expresses artistic ideas using optical illusion as a basis.
He describes his art as -" Marvellous Nonsense”.

The Mumbai based artist has a fine track record built over the last two and a half decades. He has exhibited his art in Mumbai, Goa and U.K. and his paintings are all over the globe. A unique intelligence and originality shines through his paintings. He's held 17 exhibitions in all and they have all been characteristic of these qualities. Derek is one artist who has blended innovation with hard work and come up with stellar displays of acute sensitivity to his inner vision. A highly talented artist, Derek Monteiro, has a unique sense of satirical humour. Matching this is his exotic style of painting, design and colour.

Derek is also a musician and poet. He has two albums to his credit - A Mystical Journey (The Little Giggle Ashram) and - Santa Comes To Clown ( The Little Giggle Mafia) , a satirical rendition of Christmas Carols.
Any attempt to interpret Derek’s art/music would be irreparable, so we would like to share the artist's own musings………..

"It is natural for man to love beauty, since beauty, deep within is his essence. Beauty is that which delights the human self; for in contemplating it, the self returns as it were, from the far country, back home to where it truly belongs. The purpose of art may be described as the pursuit, interpretation and expression in the external human world, of that inner beauty which is essentially the intangible, invisible, ideaI and which all artists desire or should desire."

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At 7:46am on October 25, 2010, Shweta Kanhai said…
hi derek how r u....im in gurgaon now...keep in touch.god bless
At 6:40pm on September 8, 2009, Liana Metal said…
Derek, I teach English to Greek kids-I prepare them for international exams such as TOEIC (Hellenic American Union). Hard work but the rest of time I paint and write. I created a bilingual book for kids-see my blog -The White Snail. Currently I write for a local bilingual paper www.coffeetimecorfu.com
You can read some of my articles -some are in English.
At 1:20pm on September 7, 2009, Liana Metal said…
Hi Derek, thanks for the request-we are now friends, ok/ I love your art, very vivid colors. How long have you been painting?
At 11:00am on September 7, 2009, ian paul s. oliver said…
great artwork!
At 1:46pm on September 6, 2009, babu xavier said…
thank yuuuuuuuuuuuuu dear derek.....
At 8:52am on September 6, 2009, Monica Chang said…
thank you to add me as friend, nice to meet you.
At 12:26pm on September 5, 2009, sanghamitra das said…
Thanks for friendship. Your paintings are very much influenced by Picasso, if i am not wrong? sanghamitra
At 6:43am on September 3, 2009, Gianni LaRosa said…
Very interesting works,




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