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Master of abstractions

Master of abstractions
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Aakriti Art Gallery presents an exhibition of drawings by artist Ramkumar titled -Drawings from the 60's. Ramkumar, a legendary artist is regarded as one of the first-generation of post-independence artists in India. His contemporaries included artists likes of M.F Husain, F.N Souza, SH Raza and Akbar Padamsee.  As an artist, he evolved from his short lived figurative phase into a master of abstractions. The show is curated by poet and art-critic Prayag Shukla, a close associate of Ramkumar for five decades

‘The sense of quiet that pervades his work invites contemplation, not a gaze’ said Sham Lal on Ramkumar. Ramkumar trained under Andre Lhote and Fernand Legar in Paris.

The 20th century modernism in Paris, Vienna and London served as an inspiration for him, combined with a desire to ethnically belong to the homeland- in its inherent Indianness. Ramkumar’s search for an Indian identity has transcended mere motifs and figurative. As an artist he evolved from his short lived figurative phase into a master of abstractions. Having renounced the active engagement with the state and civil society that had earlier characterized his position, the artist had turned gradually inward, choosing to be in an internal exile of the spirit.

His drawings to be exhibited mark a transcendence into abstraction. The drawings reflect sheer beauty through lines creating an experience rather than a discourse. Drawings presented in the show are sensitive charting of momentous happenings, in fine lines, and speak volumes for Ramkumar’s delicate rendering quality.

Where: Aakriti Art Gallery, Lado Sarai  When : On till  29 November
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