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Mixing drawing and sculptures

Mixing drawing and sculptures
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Gallery Espace presents a solo show of recent sculptures and drawings by Ahmedabad-based artist Amit Ambalal at Gallery Espace, from 14 March till 5 April. Talking about his sculptures, Amit said, 'At an art material shop, by chance, I saw some clay kind of material. Its colours were most suited to my palette - pure and basic. When I tried to work with it, I felt that the material was most friendly and could collaborate well with my thought process. I felt as if I was applying colours not on the canvas but in space. The process was closer to painting rather than sculpting.'

Elaborating more on his art works, he further said that the starting point for his  work is mostly from the things around him. The parrots in his mother’s courtyard that ?y away as soon as they see him coming, monkeys that break tiles of his studio roof, painting and pichhvais of Nathdwara, daily newspapers or even pages from his several sketchbooks.'

Amit Ambalal, born in Ahmedabad in 1943, had no formal training in an art school, but was under the guidance of artist and teacher Chhaganlal Jadhav. Qualified in Arts, Commerce and Law, he was a businessman prior to taking up painting full-time since 1979. His interests in the arts extend to historical research, documentation and collection. His book on the subject, Krishna as Shrinathji - Rajasthani Paintings from Nathdwara was published by Mapin in 1987.

His paintings make an interesting interface with his passion for the art history of devotional pictures from Nathdwara. While on the one hand there is the historian’s aesthetic interest, there is equally the critical comment of the humorist in his work. He portrays the eccentricities of human behaviour with great imagination imparting a cheerful feeling to his paintings. He is interested in teasing out the manifestation of the irrational in the seemingly mundane through representation of the everyday and the divine. Form and meaning are often the same, welded together in a language that has been designed to convey his satirical examination.

WHEN: 14 March- 5 April
WHERE: Gallery Espace, 16, Community Centre, New Friends Colony
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