A celebration of life
The exhibition titled Art Beyond Canvas is a medley of studio ceramics in porcelain and stoneware, oil painting on canvas, hand-painted ceramics and mixed media on wood. The show that opens on 20 September is an amalgamation of traditions and rich heritage of India by ceramicist Tanuja Jain and artist Mamta Malhotra.
The work engulfs ancient arts, archaeology, religious places, and sculptures with a touch of modern and vibrant India. The concept is inspired by mixing landscapes of Varanasi the oldest living city, into clay, the oldest medium used by mankind. Jain and Malhotra have captured the many moods of Chai through different expressions in their individual and combined works, bringing affordable art to the tables and homes of people.
Inspired by colours and forms of nature, Jain has created ceramic pieces using a multitude of slips, stains, textures, special pencils, crayons, pigments and hand painting, giving a compelling artistic vision and identity to ceramic tableware and furniture. She said, ‘It has been a wonderful experience to create work inspired by Varanasi- the oldest cultural and vibrant city of India. Mamta and I have synchronised varied moods and expressions of Chai and the city to bring people close to ancient roots’.
The juxtaposition and contrast of urban landscapes and rich cultures have inspired Malhotra to paint cityscapes highlighting the beauty and fragility of Varanasi. They evoke the intense vitality of an ancient and vibrant lifestyle. She uses wood, canvas, paint, paper, ceramics and thread to add layers and dimension resulting in highly textural works. She said, ‘I have collaborated to create a unique mélange of art. I hope that this desire to find beauty, perfection and optimism is carried over to the viewer.’