ART EXHIBITION "Keepsakes" solo show of art-furniture and paintings by Manisha Gawade > 5th to 11th September 2018

Venue : Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise De Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate
Artworks Manisha Gawade
Artworks by Manisha Gawade
Time : 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Add to Calendar 05/09/2018 11:00 11/09/2018 19:00 Asia/Kolkata ART EXHIBITION "Keepsakes" solo show of art-furniture and paintings by Manisha Gawade Event Page : Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise De Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi - 110003 DD/MM/YYYY - Exhibition on View

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Venue : Galerie Romain Rolland, Alliance Francaise De Delhi, 72, Lodhi Estate, New Delhi - 110003
Landmark : Next to Annexe building of India International Centre
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Event Description : "Keepsakes" solo show of art-furniture and paintings by Manisha Gawade.

Keepsakes is a path breaking, first of its kind exhibition of art-furniture and paintings that complement it – both an intrinsic part of living spaces. It has taken artist Manisha Gawade many years of experimentation and tireless working to conceptualize, design and paint these art-furniture pieces that are designed to energize living spaces. They are an art connoisseur’s delight and an interiors aficionado’s fascination. 

The paintings on furniture done by the artist are intrinsic to its being and pieces that you would love to own and pass on to the next generation, therefore becoming a keepsake forever. If art is a reflection of the times we live in, this art furniture epitomizes it in a way that it becomes a repository of contemporary art and keeps the timelessness of fabulous design intact. The strength of the works is also the high quality of materials used including wood, fittings, polishes and of course art material. 

Manisha's paintings have been her biggest inspiration! Even during the show, she will be displaying some of my paintings that are her inspirational mainstays.

The show Keepsakes is an experimental, modern and yet contemporary expression of art. It comes after a long journey where the artist Manisha Gawade has experimented with various surfaces, various kinds of methodology, various finishes, various art materials and their application to ensure that the final product stands the test of time.Manisha Gawade has spent 14 years in Dubai and absorbed the cosmopolitan favours of West Asian cultures. She has been an extensive traveller who has been trained in various forms of paintings in several parts of the world. Her work is a fusion of the Indian, Western and Arabic culturescape.

It took a journey of three long years with much needed research and development to make the pieces not only strong and durable but also user friendly and be value for money for the end user. These pieces will surely enhance the beauty of any place where they are kept and make heads turn. 

After the conceptual process was complete came the part of execution and production. Manisha collaborated with Anju Chaudhary, founder of Wild Ochre, who helped me produce the pieces which itself was not very easy. She strongly feel that using good quality wood and well finished veneers is paramount. Gold and silver leafing is her personal favourite. She has experimented with a lot colours and polishes and finishes to ensure that the furniture actually lasts a lifetime.  The methods are best of both worlds of art and traditional methodology of working with wood. Both the colours and top coats run between 14-16 layers which include several protective and water proof layers as well.

The piece ‘Living Next Door to Alice’- is reminiscent of carefree college days when the then ubiquitous cassette was such an important tool of our liberation. It was the cassette that revolutionized how music was to be experienced from then on. It liberated us from the shackles of the pre-recorded long playing vinyl records that bound our previous generations. It was the freedom of recording your own personal choice of music and mixing and matching and having it all together on a single cassette format that became a symbol of liberation of being able to hear your selection of music in the car or any other space.

Cassettes became a high point in our times as they came in various time options from 15 minute to two hours to record on. Who doesn’t remember twirling the cassette tapes with a pencil when it used to get stuck! This is a piece in the memory of that is a very important part of our times and the songs our generation hummed together collectively. Many will be able to relate to this piece which took almost three  months to create. Living Next Door to Alice by Smokie, was a very popular song those days which was almost mandatorily played in every party to dance on.

The piece is inspired from my painting series -Threads of Life. The painting depicts journeys undertaken which all binds together to lead to a single path called “life.”

"Mirror Mirror on the Wall" As the name suggests it’s a mirror inspired from my fairytale days. she have wonderful memories of her father reading out Snow white to her from a very beautifully illustrated fairytale book. And then finally seeing the film and being taken to Chanakya by herschool. The work on the mirror is inspired by the Arabic calligraphy from West Asia in which words are used almost like jewels. Hence this beautifully ornate mirror has been careful jeweled with gold and silver leaf. And also has an affinity with the far Eastern work of wood with lacquer. 

The lord of the rings is the console both the book and the film became very popular during our growing up times. And the magic and the power of the golden rings is what she would like to associate with this console which is inspired by my painting – The indelible Tracks of Time. The piece also talks about the balance of the Yin and Yan in every human’s journey as we are all balancing out and constantly dealing with what is right and what is not.  This can be a focal point of any room and lord over the furniture by becoming a focal point and by becoming the conversation piece.

Artist Manisha Gawade says " My journey to this exhibition started 14 years ago when I started learning to work on wood in Dubai with an artist from South East Asia.  I have never been shy of trying various materials in my work and have tried to experiment with many surfaces including glass, textile, paper, wood, metal, cloth, fiber glass among other things. I have often wondered why something we have to live with day in and day out, should be in boring brown colours. The area that furniture populates our living spaces is so large yet it is completely untouched by art. Why should art be restricted to only the walls? I started drawing various unconventional designs that one could make as tables, chairs, bars, wall units, cupboards which would incorporate some of my paintings.’’ 

Having held several solo exhibitions, she has been a part of nearly 125 group exhibitions in various parts of the world, including highly acclaimed shows on wearable art, like Ehsaas held at New Delhi, Painting a Thread held at Dubai. Well known for having displayed her works at various Embassies and Art Fairs in Dubai, Hungary, Amsterdam, Bahrain and Muscat to depict the beautiful interplay of the Indian and Arabic cultures.

She has been the first ever Indian artist to have received the patronage of His Highness Shiekh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler and Prime Minister of Dubai and Dubai Art and Culture Authority.

The Curator Dr. Alka Raghuvanshi says, “Finishes in furniture along with painting are not very easy to do. It takes a lot of effort to come to the point where the finishes and finishing meld together to actually create a piece of furniture that will actually be a keepsake”, 

Manisha has used works from some of her important painting series called Mindscapes of Mindspaces to create the art furniture. A large number of works from this series are part of the palace collection of his Highness Shiekh Sultan of Oman. 

The Indelible Tracks of Time is another interesting series used in these pieces in this work the artist depicts the impressions left by people as they go leaving behind a trail of memories. The lines are comparable to the tyre marks left by trucks as they go past. 

Upcoming Show : ART EXHIBITION "Keepsakes" solo show of art furniture & paintings by Manisha Gawade > 15th September to 10th October 2018

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ART EXHIBITION "Keepsakes" solo show of art-furniture and paintings by Manisha Gawade > 5th to 11th September 2018 ART EXHIBITION "Keepsakes" solo show of art-furniture and paintings by Manisha Gawade > 5th to 11th September 2018 Reviewed by DelhiEvents on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 Rating: 5

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