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The Process-Oriented Abstract Installations of Sheela Gowda

I find it impossible to look at anything around me without thinking about the processes behind it – Sheela Gowda Who is Sheela Gowda? Sheela Gowda is a contemporary artist living and working in Bangalore. Born in 1957, Gowda studied painting at Ken School of Art, Bangalore, India (1979) pursued a postgraduate diploma at Visva-Bharati […]

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Questioning Boundaries: The Eclectic Artistic Oeuvre of Shilpa Gupta

What kind of world do we inhabit right now? In the past few years, instances of refugee crisis, border issues and forced relocations have ravaged the lives of countless people making one confront the immensely iniquitous and divided countenance of our societies. Yet, amidst all this, how might solidarities be unearthed, imagined, and built? What

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Neeraj Goswami and the Geometricity of Transcendence

“For me, painting and meditation are the same thing. I depict the bliss I achieve while meditating on canvas so that viewers can experience these positive vibrations as well.”  – Neeraj Goswami One is always intrigued by the oppositional relationship between the transcendent and the everyday. One prominent understanding of mysticism alerts us that meditation

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Art at the Service of Humanity: The Exemplary Career of Prof. V Nagdas

What is the relationship of the artist to the society? Should the work of art devote itself to the service of a greater good or should be allowed to have an autonomy of its own, as proclaimed in the popular dictum l’art pour l’art (art for art’s sake)? What are the modalities of communication between

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The Extraordinary Life of the Mouth Painter Janarthanan Kesavan

There is only one attribute that describes the entire being of this artist – positiveness. Janarthanan Kesavan was born on this day 19 September 1991 in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, the southernmost state of India. On the evening of 4 March 2000, the eight-year-old Jana (as he is popularly known), while playing with his friends on

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Namboothiri: Kerala’s Master Illustrator, Cartoonist and A People’s Artist

When we think of the quirky and unforgettable characters of Charles Dickens and their hold over British readerly imagination in the 19th century, we wholeheartedly pay tribute – and rightly so – to the impeccable writing skill of Dickens as an author but what we often fail to acknowledge is the role of illustrators like

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Arpana Caur: Aesthetics at the Service of Life

When we think of portraying traumatic events of history through painting, we often wish to communicate it using a visually unsettling image that draws the viewer and does – to whatever degree possible – artistic justice to the event. Beauty, one presumes, bears no immediate relationship to the appalling. For the renowned Indian artist Arpana

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