Entitled Myth, Memory & Marvellous Realities, Hyderabad’s Kalakriti Art Gallery recently showcased the artworks by many famous artists who draw from their hometowns a rather kitschy and comic book hued picture of day-to-day life during the pandemic.
While the reminiscences of COVID-19 induce the melancholic narrative in some of the paintings, others look at nature and changing lifestyles. The artists portray nature in its pristine beauty and transform them into figurative and abstract artworks.
The exhibition was put to display the artworks of many noted artists like Amit Lodh, Raka Panda, Balaji Ponna, Biplab Sarkar, Kiyomi Talaulicar, Laxmipriya Panigrahi, Muktinath Mondal and Vijay Kumar to name a few.
Artist Raka Panda’s paintings, titled Landscape, depicts an anonymous and faceless deluge of people huddled together in the hope of reaching home. The memories of India’s first lockdown in March 2020 come rushing back as one views Panda’s artworks.
Kiyomi Talaulicar invites our attention to our fearful dependency on masks and eroding faith in handshakes, which has become elusive in the age of social distancing. Artist Biplab Sarkar’s ‘Mirror of Small Things’ presents images of men, women and children during the pandemic — people walking home, frontline workers geared up for their tasks, or a photographer capturing every mood.
Amit Lodh’s series represented a comic book-like quality as it celebrates different facets of life in vivid hues. Laxmipriya Panigrahi’s watercolour series, This is Vitality, portrays wilderness and wildlife in all its glory, with a play of light, shade and an eye for minute details.
Working from their hometowns or studios these artists play with myriad textures, colours and forms to create vastly individualistic experiences but seem to be in harmony on their canvases.