For his solo exhibition at the prestigious Bikaner House, Pandara Road, India Gate, the artist has selected twelve works, in two different mediums – Acrylic Canvas Collage and Paper Collage for the exposition. The exhibition is scheduled from 21st April 2017 to 30th April 2017.
Sailesh Sanghvi, born in 1953 in New Delhi, is a self-taught artist who ventured into art after taking a voluntary retirement from his business. He has experimented with various art mediums and different genres, and discovered a unique medium to express his creativity – Acrylic Canvas Collages. He has also been working on Abstract Paintings.
This exhibition is centred on dual themes – ‘The Dances of India’, and ‘Élan’. The artist portrays the diversity of Indian dances and cultural set-up through his work. He touches upon the finer aspects of lifestyles and varied dance forms across different states of India.
These works are delineated in vibrant colours and bright hues with a special attention to the dancer’s costumes and embellishments reflecting a mood of celebration and festivity. The art works focus on the audience and the drama unfolding around as much as they do on the central performer and the accompanying musicians, depicting the ‘completeness’ of the act in a sense.
The second section, ‘Élan’ depicts the lifestyles of the common Indian. The artist empathizes with his struggles as well as his pleasures. It is as if, the artist is searching for his own roots, his own hidden ‘Indian persona’ through the study and depiction of city life as well as life of the Indian countryside along with the ghats of the holy river banks. The art-works reflect the uproars of life, with its many vicissitudes, joys and problems.
These works are imbued with inner vitality and truth of interpretation of both inner life and outer behaviour of the common Indian man. The life of the common Indian man is entwined with nature; the changing seasons, the soil and topography, and the flora and fauna of the place.
This throbbing, living world is build up into a complex imagery with many images of man, woman, animals, fair grounds, the ghats of Banaras, the Ganges river, laden with boats, colourful costumes, and flower and foliage bedecked landscapes and houses.
The empathy the artist shows for the rustic life in India, proves him to be a keen observer of life and people. The artist’s imagination has recreated them with great sensitivity. Besides engaging the viewer’s aesthetic eye, these works give us pause to stop and think meditatively. These paper collages are like a journey into the innermost soul, a search for the hidden meaning of life and existence.
The artist, with a youthful sense of adventure has been experimental in his art practice, exploring different mediums and ways to create collages whether it be painting on canvas or creating collages with pasting on a canvas. These works, which are on a monumental scale, require patience and are time consuming to create.
Sailesh was motivated to enter the art world, not only because he has painted and sketched since his school days, but he hopes to help upcoming artists by creating space for them to work in, in a suburbia of Delhi. Inspired by Gerhard Richter and Raja Ravi Verma, he paints in different mediums and style.
His experience as an artist has been very positive; not only does he enjoy giving expression to his creativity, but finds it a learning experience to interact with other artists. His advice to youngsters entering the art world is to be conscious of the contemporary art world, as well be open to new ideas and yet retain their individuality.
As an artist, Sailesh Sanghvi pays attention to minute details while depicting the endearing idiosyncrasies and cultural traits of people, both individual and collective. He has great insights into the quirks of human nature, which he depicts with sympathetic humour in his art. And all life and nature, as depicted in his art, whatever the subject and medium of the artist, is encompassed in multi-point perspectives, painted in jewel like colours.
FAN CORNER: You can see and know more about Sailesh Sanghvi’s works by logging on to www.saileshsanghvi.com and facebook account: sanghvisailesh
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