It’s a searing, hot day but one feels immediately invigorated as one steps through the gates of the familiar red-brick building that houses the Delhi College of Art. The institute has given rise to many a leading artist. Their annual exhibition is always an exciting place where one can view the budding artists of the future and lay secret bets on who is going to make it big in the coming years. This year’s Masters first and second year students have put up a very inspiring display of artwork.
We talent spotted and came up with the most promising artists to look out for, thought this is not to say that other artist’s works were not good. Let’s just call it our curatorial teams personal pick!
Adeesh Babu is a talented young painter whose specialty is oil on canvas paintings that are notional landscapes. He is known to do the odd self-portrait which we found filled with self-depreciating humour and fun. Archana Sharma’s artworks deal mainly with the diurnal struggles and triumphs of women, who, “are like the sea, they hold everything inside them.” Heera Ahmed is an expressive artist whose bold colours and contrasting textures and tones bring life to her paintings. Pramod Kumar is also known for his dynamic engagement with colour. Once a figurative painter he is now migrating towards geometric abstraction. Besides his large canvases, he also produces small work that displays organic forms and weaved work that is inspired by the subtle geometry of nature.
An artist like Mokshita Tanwar brings a slightly popish flavor to her works, where flowers are her main sort of ‘protagonist’. Rahul Kamalasan brings a linear vigor to his canvases with his futuristic characters that capture the strangeness of human behavior. He described most of his work as ‘unplanned ramblings’. Amit Saroha’s works is arresting and unique since he is an experimental artist who sears his paper with the image by burning it gently. He speaks of the trials of the working class, especially construction workers.
Biplab Sarkar’s small format works of street vendors or hawkers is heartwarming and he shows amazing skill at capturing create details in small format. His no-frills display was innovative to say the least. “My body of works explores the relationship of object and body in the urban context”, says the artist. While Elancheziyan S is the only artist to have referenced the miniatures bring to them a contemporary comment that is both moving and inspirational. His works underline the plight of endangered wild life, focusing primarily on the elephant as his main protagonist, alongside the tiger and the deer.
Notable sculptors were, Udham Gahlawat whose work ‘Dying Shaktiman,’ captures a horse writhing in agony, referencing the well-known horse Shaktiman who was injured when a minister hit him brutally maiming him for life. The wound resulted in his untimely death. Priyanka Bharadwaj is a painter but shows a lot of promise with her installation that captures the internal regions of the female anatomy.
“This year we have had a good response to our student’s work,” said head of painting department, Abhimanue V G. Overall the exhibition was stimulating and it was good to see so many promising artists.