About The Exhibition
Dialogues is a series of 12 artworks by Ashu Gupta, depicting a range of emotions, ideas, inner thoughts, and feelings. The contemporary artist chooses different subjects – from herself to couples sharing their lives, from children to an elderly person – delving into their consciousness and bringing to life their internal dialogues. Using breathtaking detailing in her work, Ashu uses the intricacy of her chosen techniques to make a poignant statement about the complexity of human thought, dreams, and desires that are often left unspoken.
Ashu’s artistic practice is an exercise in introspection. While the visual artist has always used her meditative art-making process to explore the nature of the human mind, “Dialogues” is an overt comment on our relationship with our deepest, unspoken thoughts. While every element of Ashu’s work offers a wealth of detail; the beauty lies in the way it ties together, eclectic but unified in a singular tableau that contains all the movement, life, and urgency of any single moment in time. Like the intricate patterns that characterise her work, her ideology as an artist digs right into the fabric of the human condition. In so doing, she achieves the rare feat of turning the deeply personal experiences of her protagonists into a universal narrative.
The Artist Speaks
My art is not a literal documentation of any place. When I travel, I store the memories of those places in my mind. And back in my studio, I reimagine those places in my own way. I go beyond what the eyes see, and travel inside my canvas, creating my own landscapes and my own cities.
A Mastery of Medium
Gurudas Shenoy’s medium of choice is oil, which is an extremely difficult medium to work with. Every layer of paint has to dry completely before the next layer can be applied, and hence, working with oil requires immense patience and skill.
Shenoy’s paintings start off as complete charcoal drawings. A play of light, lines and textures are then skillfully used to achieve abstraction.
The artworks, while made using oil, exude a watercolour-like lightness, with the brilliant colours beautifully complementing the compositions.
I grew up in Udupi, next to the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats. It was so beautiful to be surrounded by nature. I used to swim in the sea, witness the sunsets and enjoy those lush monsoons. Because of these experiences, I really understand the anatomy of nature. I see magic in the smallest elements of nature, and that is something that reflects in my paintings.
Varied Subjects and Inspiration
The exhibition features artworks from five distinct series. The signature Europe Studio and Hampi Landscape series have been part of Gurudas Shenoy’s oeuvre for many years, celebrating his love for cityscapes and landscapes respectively. In recent times, more abstraction has seeped into the artist’s practice, as seen in his Reminiscence and Resurgence series of works. In the last two years, the artist has developed a new series inspired by his travels to temple towns and mountain terrains in the Himalayas, titled Spiritual Odyssey. Lastly, the impact of being stuck at home, surrounded by routine objects, while longing to be outdoors during the pandemic, has also found place on Shenoy’s canvas through the newly developed Confined Stories series.