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Exploring myriad styles of printmaking art

Exploring myriad styles of printmaking art
Art is expressed in different ways and formats in different mediums. In a unique group exhibition titled ‘Pure Concept’, contemporary artists will come together and showcase the art of printmaking in the national Capital. 

The artists who will participate are Akbar Padamsee, Anupam Sud, Arpana Caur, Ghulam Mohammed Sheikh, Haku Shah, Jyoti Bhatt, K. Laxma Goud, KG Subramanyam, KS Radhakrishnan, Lalu Prasad Shaw, Rameshwar Broota, Rini Dhumal, Sakti Burman, Shahid Pervez and Thota Vaikuntam.

Priyank Jain, Director, Dhoomimal.com said, “Printmaking is a complex and highly technical process that needs great patience, skill, dedication and competence making it an altogether specialised study. Prints are made only by artists who have knowledge of the technique, not easily understood by the uninitiated viewer.”

There are several varieties of original prints like lithograph, woodcut, engraving, intaglio, etching, serigraph and many more, each with its own characteristics and must be selected with the conceived results in mind. The virtue of etching for instance, is its wide tonal range including velvety dark shades not possible in some of the other techniques.

Anupam Sud  found inspiration in both male and female sexuality and identities. Overt takes on social issues are seldom found in Sud’s art, and her figures are often self-absorbed and brooding. However, through symbolism and metaphor Sud engages with socially relevant themes, and moody depictions of interrelations between the sexes are a favorite topic in her work. Sud’s etchings are made with the use of zinc plates, a difficult medium that requires both patience and precision.

Jyoti Bhatt  moved from a cubist influence in his early work, to a lighthearted and colorful pop art that often drew its imagery from traditional Indian folk designs. Though Bhatt worked in a variety of mediums, including watercolors and oils, it is his printmaking that ultimately garnered him the most attention. It was partially Bhatt’s enthusiasm for intaglio that caused other artists such as Jeram Patel, Bhupen Khakhar and Gulammohammed Sheikh, to take up the same process. 

Rini Dhumal’s work is characterised by her very varied choice of materials and colors. She is just at home painting with acrylic paints on glass as she is with creating a black and white linocut. 

Rameshwar Broota is known for his paintings of male bodies, both muscular and emaciated, testament to the passage of time. Over the years, Broota has perfected his unique technique in which he first applies layers of different coloured paints on the surface and then meticulously scrapes away the upper layers of the painting with a sharp knife, to literally unearth his luminous images.

When: Dec 8 to 17
Where: Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, Copernicus Marg
Timings: 11am-7pm
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