Painting the essence of Rajasthan
Rajasthan remains one of the most intriguing places in India for Priyanka Banerjee, who will be displaying her work in a solo exhibition titled 'Vibrant Rajasthan'. Drawing inspiration from her travel, Priyanka has tried to capture the heart and soul of the place. The exhibition by the artist is open for all at the Open palm court, India Habitat Center from July 27-29, 10 am to 7pm everyday.
According to Priyanka, the princely state is full of mesmerizing forts and palaces which speaks of many tales of the bygone era. The colorful state reminds her of the victories and conquests of the rulers.
Inspired by the architecture of Rajasthan which is unique and is based on the Rajput school of architecture, the artist says, "Interplay of light and shadows on the architectural marvels has always captivated me and has compelled me to transform the magic in my paintings."
"The havelis and jharokhas evoke an age of regal Rajput elegance. They have found a special place in my paintings. Jharokhas are types of overhanging enclosed balconies found in havelis, temples and palaces in Rajasthan," she further reveals.
By using different mediums like watercolor on paper, acrylics on canvas, and soft pastels on paper, the artist has tried to depict the beauty of the golden forts, camels, ling moustaches, colourful attires etc.
Narrating her first hand experience in Rajasthan, Priyanka says, "The hospitality of the people has always touched my soul. Their smiling faces, the holy sages of Pushkar, the conversation of the camel owners after a day's labour have become favorite subjects of my artworks."