The exhibition brought together artworks of three artists from different genres – Madhubani, Gond and Warli; by three artists – Krishnanand Jha, Bhajju Shyam and Mayur & Tushar Vayeda. Also, they belong to three distinct generations – Jha, a legendary guru, Shyam, a master artist and Vayedas, promising artists in the indigenous art space.
Visually, the artworks were very different. The narratives, inherently organic and even through the three artists were from diverse genres, there was a univocal merging and the creation of a timeless narrative.
From Krishnand Jha’s archives the works ranged from the 1970s onwards and were predominantly on tantric themes with very fine line work.
Bhajju Shyam presented a completely fresh series where he had worked with stencils and spray paint, based on his past experience with the St+Art Foundation Mural Project at Lodhi Road, Delhi in 2019. This exhibition marked the debut for this series.
During this show Mayur & Tushar Vayeda showed at the 10th Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art (APT10) at Queensland Art Gallery, Gallery of Modern Art, Australia. In that exhibition they presented works based on the theme of spirits, shamans and nature.
“We were happy to present these works together as conceptually this is rather unique. And in each genre, the artist represented is truly a torch-bearer of their respective field. The quality of the works is exceptional,” said Anubhav Nath, Director, Ojas Art.
There were nearly 50 artworks on display, in various mediums – paper, fabric and canvas; with a timeline of five decades; the earliest ones had been done in the 1970s.