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As the curtains on the 7th edition of India Art Fair (IAF), India’s premier modern and contemporary art fair, get set to roll up in the Capital, the art fraternity from across the world gets ready to descend upon the city with the finest in the field from January 29 to  February 1.

Founded in 2008, IAF has made an indelible statement in the art scene in India, acting as a single platform for artists, collectors, gallerists, curators, museum directors and art enthusiasts to network, collaborate and create opportunities. Curated by Girish Shahane, IAF 2015 has a total of 85 exhibiting galleries in 90 booths, showcasing the length and breadth of Indian and international modern and contemporary practices. Gallery Art Positive is also ready with its two booths at the fair.

It will present solo shows in booths S9 and S10 by two artists, Alex Davis and Dimpy Menon, respectively.

“Dimpy introduces us to the potential in her figures that is at once tense and relaxed. It is the moment that is both the high point of motion and the beginning of stillness.  And as for Alex Davis, his works epitomise the concept of India Modern,” says Anu Bajaj, Director Gallery Art Positive.

Born in Ahmedabad and a graduate in Fine Arts from College of Art Chennai, with sculpting lessons, Dimpy Menon’s creations have adorned a wide range of spaces, both public and indoors, across the country.

The Bangalore-based artist’s finesse with the mediums of stone and metal molds them into lithe, organic forms that often assume larger-than-life proportions. The State Lalit kala awardee presents to the fair seven poetic creations in Solo for Two. As she juxtaposes the elementary concept of time with relationships, she brings to us dynamic sets of sculptures in bronze and granite.

“The bronzes celebrate life, capturing the human form in an array of movements: complex, acrobatic and graceful. They are a tribute to the fleeting moments that resonate in our minds like a line of poetry or a bar of music,” says Anu Bajaj.

Delhi-based Alex Davis, at the same time, is an artiste and a designer who is a graduate in mechanical engineering and brings to the fair his sea of architectural plants in highly polished stainless steel in the Champa Flowers, and clusters of Marigold. A perfect blend of handcraftsmanship and technology, these beautiful blossoms will magically transform any setting. While polished copper moulded in the form of an anarchic maze on the wall to depict frozen time in The Roots, his third piece, Hyper Blooms, is a sea of 9 poppies in pigmented and polished stainless steel, as a larger-than-life frieze on the wall.

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