The Divine Deities (2016)
1st October to 18th October, 2016
Ojas Art @ 1AQ, Qutab Minar Roundabout, New Delhi , India
Curatorial director Anubhav Nath of Ojas Art brings The Divine Deities in its second edition, an opportunity for art aficionados to vision the art of gods and goddesses by contemporary artists, namely Abhishek Singh, Harshvardhan Kadam, Keshav and Ujan Dutta. Also, a rare collection of unique zardosi work Raja Ravi Varma oleographs will form the backdrop for this unique exhibition. The exhibition consists of more than 100 artworks : paintings, oleographs, digital prints, sketches, drawings and watercolors, ranging in size from 15 cms by 15 cms to 15 feet by 6 feet and starting at a very affordable INR 3,500.
In this exhbition, Anubhav Nath, has handpicked artworks by four contemporary artists who have been working in the genre of the Divine. The artists are: Abhishek Singh(New York – Gwalior), Harshavardhan Kadam (Pune), Keshav (Chennai) and Ujan Dutta (Delhi).
Abhishek Singh presents his interpretations of Shiva and his works that were a part of the public art project Shiva in Varanasi (2014) which is being shown in Delhi for the first time. Harshvardhan Kadam is well known for his blazing imagery of the divine through his murals, especially the one on Lodi Road. He will be presenting his digital works on Brahma-Vishnu-Mahesh and a Ganesha. Keshav is a cartoonist by profession, and a self-described painter by choice. He celebrates Krishna by painting Him in His various facets and highlighting different episodes from His earthly life. Keshav posts one Krishna artwork a day on social media under the name of Krishna for Today and has great following. Ujan Dutta is a young graphic designer who has had a solo show and is fascinated by the superhuman. He is a senior graphic designer at Teamwork Arts. Also, on display is a collection of zardosi Raja Ravi Varma oleographs that were last shown in 2014 in Houston, Texas by Asia Society, U.S.A. The zari oleographs are the real collectables and each one is unique. Ojas Art has one of the largest collections of these zardosi based original oleographs.
“Imageries are organic and ever changing and there is a certain playfulness which comes with changing imageries. It’s only with experimentation and trial and error that something new emerges. Initially Raja Ravi Varma was criticised for his imageries of Lakshmi and Saraswati, which went on to become the most identifed images for the goddesses,“ said Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director, Ojas Art. “There is also a selection of limited edition and open edition prints of artworks to make the acquisition process more democratic.”