The Art Buffet, a group show of 5 artists from Mumbai, opened in Ahmedabad on 29th of August. The rainy evening witnessed the amalgamation of art fraternity at Amdavad ni Gufa, wherein senior artist Mahendra Kadia performed the honours of inaugurating the show. Also present at the event was Art Entrepreneur and appreciator Anil Relia, who took the opportunity to welcome all the participants and visitors to the show.
The exhibition is open till the 3rd of September and invites collectors to view the variety on display.
The exhibition is curated by Rajendra Jain from Mumbai. The title makes it clear that the shows highlight is the diversity of styles and variety of genres. The different artists who presented their work are:
Ashok Mody is a J.J. trained practising architect who has been working for 45 years and has received numerous awards for his work. He is also a self-taught artist whose journey with art began 11 years ago with Gandhiji. It is this attachment to him which continues till date and is still a major part of his art. As Mr Relia said the artist reflected his own groundedness and the simplicity of Gandhi in his works. He has also exhibited his work in Dubai and Tokyo besides Mumbai.
Since he is an architect the influence of his work in the form of graphics can be seen in his art. Most of his works are in dual tones which reminds one of the photographic negatives. His use of bright and vibrant colours gives the art a distinctive feel. His works show different facets of Gandhi and his different moods.
Meghna Patel is a Kenya-Born, London educated interior decorator who is heavily inspired by Africa in her art, with the colours inspired form the African Savannah and the motifs and themes African in nature.
She uses acrylic colours to depict her themes. She is influenced by nature which can be seen in the colours and the themes depicted in her art. One feels like one is viewing a small part of Africa in her art. She uses the Mandala technique for her art which gives the art a unique texture and feel with the details of lines and patterns. Her work shows intense attention to details and is much sought after by the hotels and resorts in Kenya.
Anuja Sachdeva is a Mumbai based healer, tarot reader and filmmaker who stumbled into art due to an accident which left her bedridden. Since she is a healer, all her paintings are also healing and energy paintings and are inspired by human emotions. She tries to combine healing with colour therapy.
She used vibrant and bright colours along with textures to create her unique style of painting. She experiments with different materials to give her art the unique flavour.
Varsha Parikh and Smruti Bhakhanwala are two artists who jointly create their paintings and complement each other with their different skills and talents. They depict spiritual and religious themes in their works with the depiction of Krishna and Ganesh.
All the artists showcasing their work are self-taught but their skill and attention to detail is marvelous. We laud the curator for bringing them together.
In the exhibition one will find lot of light and colour to set off the monsoon blues.
Photographs : Marmik Shah
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