India Art Fair
NSIC Exhibition Grounds
Okhla, New Delhi
9 – 12 February 2018
“Nepali art has gained an unprecedented momentum in the last few years, with the emerging artists engaging in multiple disciplines and mediums. The themes cover a wide array of subjects ranging from global and local politics, socio-cultural issues, awareness campaigns, resplendent landscapes, natural and cultural heritage. In context of the ‘global village’ world we now live in, the innovations in art form ushered in by the European masters have reached and touched the artists of Nepal. However, the growing number of talented emerging artists of diverse ethnicity and social background have created a happy fusion of the east and west to underline the coming of age of Nepali art to mix and match with the rest of the world. Last year, the Huffington Post, a premier American online news aggregator and blog declared our booth to showcase one among the twelve ‘must see’ artworks at the India Art Fair 2017. This year too, we present the best of the contemporary Nepali art represented by seven coveted names in the field. Their works are visual metaphors of contemporary Nepali society, emotional struggles, spiritual and human connections, together with artistic imaginations unfolded on canvas providing a multi-faceted engagement to the viewers.”
Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha, Curator
For this exhibition, Chirag Bangdel paintings romanticize the stories of Krishnalila, taking themes from Geet Govinda in fluid forms. His simplistic treatment of compositions, complemented by contrasting colours makes his artworks reignites our spirituality, disseminating an aura of tranquil peace and spirituality.
An established artist, Jeevan Rajopadhya explores the abstract. He believes that all things have their source in the abstract, and when given a name they take a tangible form. Similarly, our thought and feelings develop from abstract, but when expressed through a medium take physical existence and form. He thus translates on to the canvas, his free forms and expressions through a lyrical flow of colours resembling the melodious tunes of music.
Being a victim of the consequences of migration form an early age, most of Mekh Limbu’s works reflect his inner torments on the subject together with portraying a broader picture of social awareness. He constantly explores for new ways of visual expressions through the latest technology to engage a wider spectrum of audience.
Disturbed by the recent global political conflicts, Rabindra Shrestha rethinks the concept of unity and equality. By taking thumbprints of various individuals, he tries to explain the similarities as well as differences of each individual being for a shared global harmony.
In this series of artworks, Sabita Dangol juxtaposes imagination and reality to make surreal compositions, using objects seen and used in daily life. The realities of these objects are transformed in imaginative compositions expanded on the canvas. Fishes float in the air, the combs metamorphose into human forms, their functions acquiring a different reality, fusing different entity with one another.
Seeking to engage with the community, Sujan Dangol once again delves into the mind of ordinary Nepalese and explores through a visual composition, the wants and needs of three generations in contemporary Nepali society. This interesting composition with symbolic objects of generational consumption and skilful use of colours and shapes, the triptych, creates a jovial mood, yet compels us to contemplate the harsh realities of life.
Sunita Maharjan explores the dualities in life, how humans create and arrange their own space within their individual movements. She observes these movements over time and the impressions they leave as layers that overlap. Yet each moment is unique and each movement is different. This individuality and its continuity creates the relationship between nature, life and art. The artist has meticulously transferred these overlapping layers printed through stencils on fabric, creating an interesting as well as aesthetically pleasing compositions of the layered spaces created by humans.
The exhibition takes place from February 9 – 12, 2018.
“Nothing will come about dwelling here, you too leave. Everyone who is abroad has outcome.” 22×30 in, Mix media, 2018