Virtual art: Figures of speech
'Figure it out', the fourth virtual art exhibition presented by Rangrez, the group of Indian artists in Oman, opened for public viewing at 7 pm yesterday. Curated by senior Indian artist in Oman, Tarini Agarwal, this exhibition features 49 works of 39 different figurative artists. The heart of this exhibition is taken from 1500 years of the history of art, says Tarini. Reproduced below are the works of some of the participating artists:
A Musical Day Out with Baby & Mr Blue
I have never done abstract before, so it was a fascinating journey to explore and a welcome break from realism. I felt a sense of freedom in this form. I have rendered an outdoor scene in abstract figurative that shows a family's musical outing, enjoying in a plethora of abstract colours.
The basic purpose of life is to grow on a physical, mental and spiritual plane and merge our consciousness with the divine. From light we have come and in light we have to merge. Little does it surprise me when scientists say that human body literally glows, emitting a visible light in extremely small quantities at levels that rise and fall with the day. I have tried to execute my concept through fusion of pointillism and contemporary styles.
Gift of Legacy
Heritage, traditions and customs are the legacy which subtly influences our lives, however far we may travel. The invisible blessings and experiences of our mothers and ancestors is the gift this young girl carries with her as she ventures into the new world.
A lost battle of boredom
In this semi-abstract figurative style, I have painted a teenager bored and tired, surrendering to sleep. With my jovial and humorous disposition, I have added a dash of humour to my painting and shown how at that particular moment, life takes on an abstract form for the teen.
In this painting, I have tried to capture the bond between two brothers. The younger brother's feeling of security and admiration for his older brother, who is more mature and thoughtful, holds fond memories for our family.
Dr Dipty Shrivastava
My painting ‘Restlessness’ depicts an adolescent girl, dealing with physical and psychological development as she leaves her childhood behind and finds herself on the threshold of adulthood.
The artwork features the real spirit of life as a young girl paints a picture full of vibrant colours, blooming flowers and mythical characters reflecting her joie de vivre. I have tried to portray impressionism with a hint of surrealism through my work inspired by the photograph of my daughter.
My painting is about the farmers travelling in a bullock cart. It shows them taking a break (vishranti) during the journey.
In this painting I'm trying to convey how society plays an important role in our lives, and how it terrifies children into becoming adults. Moreover, this is left to the imagination of the viewer and how they like to look at it.
My painting 'Home' is about my second home – Oman - which has shaped and nourished the artist in me. Oman has sheltered me like a real home, with its homely people. So, it's all about home!