Ode to nature
Veteran artist Monica Talukdar and young Aloke Bhowmick are displaying their landscape works, which are an ode to the mountains and valleys of Dehradun.
`Landscape,' Aloke T. Bhowmick
LANDSCAPE PAINTING for ages, has been an engaging phenomenon with the artist. Reinvented, restructured, distorted and fantasised, it still remains an obsession with many. And artists have envisaged the beauty of nature as an element to assimilate, subjugate or equate their emotions and thoughts. In such cases it is given a unilateral dimension helping to make statements, or create a language of self-expression and ideology from time to time almost getting lost in the maze of thoughts, symbols and ideas. On the other hand, it has been time and again been seen as a form of beauty and moulded in innumerable ways keeping it as it is - natural - or almost so.
Despite the `advancement' in art, the changes it witnesses in terms of medium, concepts and so many other social, cultural, political and economic factors the passion to paint landscapes has always survived and even today it still remains a major fascination with many.
Two such artists are Monica S. Talukdar and Aloke T. Bhowmick, who are still able to sustain the pleasure to paint nature. Living in the picturesque place of Dehradun could well be an inspiration and an impetus to lure them into becoming consummate landscapists. Their drawings and paintings on show at the Minaaz Art Gallery are an ode to the beautiful mountains and valleys of Dehradun.
`Untitled,' Monica S. Talukdar
Veteran Monica Talukdar has already been appreciated by a section art lovers at Hyderabad when she showed her large oils and acrylics earlier. This time she comes back with small- uncluttered simple linear black and white pen and ink drawings and fresh lucid water colours of small segments of nature. Monica's works are simple representations of an uncomplicated mind - happy at translating what she enjoys, in the simplest of ways.
Young artist Aloke Bhowmick, a student of Shantiniketan exhibits two sets of works. One with strong imprints of the Bengal school and an other one more universal, capturing the beauty of the valleys, mountains and horizons in bringing almost garish palette speckled with of bright dabs of fresh paint. While Aloke shows much restraint in this figurative works of pen and coloured ink with imploring symbolism using birds and women in the series titled `Bondage', his landscapes are essayed with an unforeseen freedom and deftness. Creating mystic effects, the landscapes will not fail to allure landscape lovers of the city.
`Landscape,' Monica S. Talukdar
Despite their teaching assignments at the Doon School, Monica and Alok have been regular practicing artists and both have participated in several exhibitions all over the country. Monica has had nine solo exhibitions including two in USA and participated at the State Lalit Kala Akademi, Lucknow, Academy of Fine Arts, Kolkota, Gujrat lalit Kala Academy, and the AIFACS show. She has won the Bank of Baroda International Women's year award and has been honoured by the AIFACS for her contribution to art. She has been invited to participate in several exhibitions in Dehradun, Allahabad, Chandigrh, Hyderabad, Lucknow and Kanpur and her works are in the collection of the Lalit Kala Academies of Delhi and Lucknow, the Allahabad and Chandigarh Museums, Gandhi Memorial Center, Washington D.C. and many private collections in India and abroad.
Aloke too has participated in important shows across the country in Calcutta, New Delhi, Karnataka, Mumbai, Varanasi, has held two solo exhibitions and has been invited to participate in several painting, ceramics, tapestry, graphics, drama, and folk song workshops in various parts of the country.
Presently the Head of Painting Department at the Doon School, his works have been bought by a large number of art lovers in the country, USA, USSR, Japan, Brazil, Germany and the United Kingdom.
`Bondage,' Aloke T. Bhowmick
The Gallery display will be on till February 10 between 4.00 and 8.00 p.m at Minaaz Art Gallery.
B. PADMA REDDY
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