EXHIBITION ‘Ecstasy for Life’ Solo Art show by Devendra Shukla at Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg > 16th to 26th March 2017
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|Paintings by Devendra Shukla|
16th March : 5:30 pm Add to Calendar 16/03/2017 17:30 16/03/2017 19:00 Asia/Kolkata Opening of ‘Ecstasy for Life’ Solo Art show by Devendra Shukla Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/03/exhibition-ecstasy-for-life-solo-art.html Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi - 110001 DD/MM/YYYY - Inauguration by Counselor, Embassy of republic of South Korea
16th to 26th March : 11:00 am to 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 16/03/2017 11:00 26/03/2017 19:00 Asia/Kolkata EXHIBITION ‘Ecstasy for Life’ Solo Art show by Devendra Shukla Event Page : http://www.delhievents.com/2017/03/exhibition-ecstasy-for-life-solo-art.html Shridharani Gallery, Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg, Mandi House, New Delhi - 110001 DD/MM/YYYY - Exhibition on View
Entry : Free
Devendra Shukla is exhibiting about 38 drawing Paintings, Murals in metal and mix media. Sizes of Artworks are from 1footx 1foot to 5 ft x 12ft in various Art medium.
Devendra has developed an art language of his own, after imbibing aspects of modernity during his study period in India and China. His use of subtle, mellow colours, boldness of delineated shapes and figures, all point to his mastery over the medium. Yet remembering his native genius, he has interwoven psychological, and philosophical interpretations to his art. He is in touch with contemporary happenings and sensitivities; which are reflected in his art. He is the thinking man’s artist, who visualizes the world as an embodiment and extension of man’s psyche; and his art perforce makes the viewer introspect and contemplate.
Devendra’s works display a strong Indian sensibility evident in the way he uses colours, though his technique is fluid with an affinity for Chinese water colours.
Spontaneity seems to be another hallmark of his works. The images and forms are ambiguous, relying to a great degree on imaginative response from viewers. Ambiguity seems to be his underlying aesthetic, since there is a free play of brush strokes and colours, which, according to Umberto Eco, is ‘poetics of the open work and the creation of works that are deliberately open to the freedom of the reader’s reaction’. The works provoke different readings because of pictorial complexity. Devendra’s canvases are replete with identifiable and not so recognisable forms but there is an inherent structure to his composition with the colours relating to his cultural context.
Devendra’s approach to the creative process is to confront the tabula rasa of his canvas with an ‘empty’ mind, free of thoughts and ideas. According to the artist, “art for me has to be an experience in its purest form. Mind is polluted with many conditionings, and I do not want any planning before I begin to paint, because I want to paint a particular moment, after the first coloured stroke goes on the canvas.” He characterises his strokes as loaded with emotional energies in the portrayal of his soul and spirit. Thus every colour and stroke is intuited by Devendra and when he becomes conscious of his environment, then an image slowly creeps into his work as a recognizable images. Working at two levels, the subconscious and the conscious, the artist blends the images of these diverse realities to create the surreal. Nevertheless, the forms in his works are not limpid or amorphous. Rather they have a structure and hence, he straddles both the states of mind with equanimity. His colours are vivid and optimistic, passionate and controlled. The chromatic range goes from sea blues and greens to sand ochres, pure whites and dull greens.
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EXHIBITION ‘Ecstasy for Life’ Solo Art show by Devendra Shukla at Triveni Kala Sangam, 205, Tansen Marg > 16th to 26th March 2017 Reviewed by Rohit Malik on 17:14 Rating: