"C. Dakshinamoorthy used to talk to the stone before he carved a beautiful shape out of it," said P. Gnana, a leading painter and sculptor in Singapore, on the sidelines of the exhibition - 'Poignance' at the plush Art Spice gallery of The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa.
The exhibition, which will go on till December 11, is a visual duet by the late National award-winner master-sculptor of India, C. Dakshinamoorthy and P.Gnana, who is inspired by the former.
C. Dakshinamoorthy was born in 1943 in Tamil Nadu, India. Trained in the historic Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai (1960-1966), he was formerly the Head of the Department of Ceramics in the same college. In 1978, Dakshinamoorthy received the prestigious invitation to be a British Council Scholar, due to which he was schooled in Advanced Print-Making at the Croydon College of Design and Technology (the United Kingdom). It is significant to note that he had won the Indian National Award in 1985. He is now a legacy, who continues to create magic through his art that enchants the viewer.
At the exhibition, one look at P. Gnana's sculptures and you'll know how influenced he is by the late artist and his ways of working. "He never outlined or did any drawing on the stone he was about to carve, instead, he straightaway used his grinding machine on the stone," said Gnana while pondering over the sculptures by Dakshinamoorthy. While the late artist loved to carve out the shape of women in his sculptures and paintings, P.Gnana carves out cows and lovers to send out the message of peace and love.
Curated by Vidhya Gnana Gouresan, 'Poignance' is a simple but soulful word, which aptly elucidates the very essence of the alluring collection in this significant showcase of sculptures and paintings by effervescent creators. This exhibition promises to connect the viewers to the deepest human chord of emotive capacity.
Over finest wines and hors-d'oeuvres, Atul Vohra, Managing Partner, Transearch India amidst all the high profile personalities and dignitaries like artist Neeraj Gupta, social activist Parull Mahaajan, and artist Geeta Dass from Mumbai amongst others were present at the exhibition.
"Both the artists have showcased their rarest collections that are so well appreciated nationally and internationally. They have achieved a style that is both ancient and modern at the same time. Dakshinamoorthy's distortion of the human figure is influenced by tribal and folk art. He is well-known, for his charismatic granite sculptures of the female form, chiselled in an engaging, stylistic demeanour that is unquestionably cubist. Whereas the themes and subjects of P. Gnana paintings and sculptures are of a universal nature, it is something that comes uncultivated and straight from his heart", said Babita Gupta, Director, Art Spice.