About the Show

Artisera

Artisera, in association with Gallery Ragini presents Colloquial - showcasing vernacular languages of Indian art. Paying homage to the country’s rich artistic legacy, this unique exhibition, curated by Nidhi Jyoti Jain, brings together five indigenous artforms that celebrate long-standing traditions from different parts of India – Gond, Madhubani, Pichwai, Kalamkari and Pattachitra. Each artform is represented through the work of revered artists dedicated to furthering recognition for their beloved artform.
Dhavat Singh, a Gond artist, creates narrative paintings inspired by the folk tales he grew up listening to. Married to the daughter of acclaimed Gond artist, Jangarh Singh Shyam, he takes the authentic tradition of Gond art forward, while reinventing it in a modern context. Madhubani artist A Kumar Jha is inspired by the Mithila style of painting. He predominantly depicts mythological subjects in his work, specializing in intricate line drawing. Anil Khakhoriya, a Pichwai artist, hails from a family that has been practising embroidery in the Kutch region for generations. The eclectic colours of Kutch, and devotion for the regional deity, Shrinathji, are apparent in Anil’s elaborate textile pichwais. Committed to saving the authenticity of the Kalamkari artform, S. Vishwanathan paints characteristic motifs and divine subjects on hand spun cotton fabric with natural dyes - a tradition passed down over centuries. Prakash Chandra, hailing from Raghurampur, an artist village in Orissa, has been creating Pattachitras for the last two decades. His beautiful paintings with intricate pen work are inspired by the traditional Rath Yatra at the Jagannath temple and the prevalent contemporary culture around him.
These centuries-old artforms have unique styles, scales, colours, and forms – a reflection of India’s phenomenal cultural diversity. Emerging from and deeply entrenched in the daily life of regional and tribal communities, the indigenous artforms symbolize the colloquial dialogue between life and art.

Rooted in Indianness

Influenced by local iconography, a connect to nature, and mythological beliefs, the artforms showcased in the exhibition are spirited examples of Indian heritage and traditions. The artworks are characterized by intricate artistry, thoughtful storytelling and a vibrant compositions that delights the senses.

Indulging Intricacies

The detailing in the artworks, achieved with the use of dense lines, repeating dots and simple motifs, results in palpable textures that indulge the viewer. The patterns seamlessly blend in perfect harmony with the rich colour schemes – lending captivating depth and intensity to each work of art.

Reaffirming Tradition

Photographer Shoba Jolly provides us with an honest glimpse into the lives of the artists behind these exquisite creations. We witness their simplistic village habitats, their lives deeply intertwined with their art. This exhibition attempts to bring indigenous art and its underlying spirit of rootedness and community - from the bounds of the village into our modern homes.

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