Each painting at Kanishk Mehta’s solo show is inspired by the landscapes of the Aravalli ranges and the abstract expressionist works of artist Mark Rothko. Come to the Gufa and see for yourself what this creative combination looks like, till Oct 7.
Strolling through Kanishk Mehta’s imaginative solo exhibition Seasons gave me the feeling that I was walking circularly, watching a series of complementing artworks in loop! The artist from Mount Abu has brought the seasons of summer, winter and monsoon simultaneously into one hall at the Amdavad Ni Gufa. Just like the circle of seasons repeats over and over again, you’ll be tempted to revisit Mehta’s first painting of summer as soon as you end with the lush greens of monsoon.
The artist has been working on this theme of ‘seasons’ since the past two years. The landscapes of the Aravalli Range in Mount Abu are his primary inspiration. Warm shades of yellow, red and orange depict the dry days of summer, while dense tones of blue and black capture the winters. For him, monsoons are full of vivacity, so his canvases are layered with tones of green, mild red, and slightly pale colours. All 16 exhibited paintings have a dense feeling, brought about by his layered use of oil paints.
Mehta, who has been working as a commercial artist since the past five years, explained, “My nature-infused paintings are deeply inspired by the paintings of American abstract expressionist Mark Rothko. I like to define colours as elements and moods of nature.” Last year, the artist organised a solo exhibition of portraits at Hutheesing Visual Art Centre. This year, his collection of paintings at Seasons has been ranged between Rs 15,000 to Rs 40,000.
Drop by to see our Indian seasons rendered in this unique abstract expressionist style. The exhibition is open at Herwitz Art Gallery until October 7, every day from 04:00 PM to 08:00 PM.
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