“Artists and Entrepreneurs are Society Builders” – creative ideas and artwork from the Yuva Art Collective 2022 team
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Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath recently hosted Team Yuva Artists Collective Group Exhibition – 2022. Organized by Somesh Swamy it featured paintings and sculptures by 16 artists from Karnataka (see Part I of our cover here).
Expression and exposure
“The vision behind the exhibition was to showcase how artists and practitioners creatively portray their lives. The exhibition is like a mirror of our society and nature, with a wide range of combinations and styles,” says curator Somesh Swamy, in conversation with Your story.
Curators and artists must work together for the success of a show. He calls to team work, alignment and stamina in presenting messages to society.
“Art is love, affection and space for self-analysis. Art is the beauty of essence. It creates conversations between the audience and the viewers,” adds Somesh.
“A work of art is a way for artists to express their inner feelings based on their own creativity. Success comes from reaching people through this artwork and connecting with their feelings. The satisfaction an artist gets when a viewer is drawn to the artwork is priceless,” says landscape painter Venkatesh Rao.
“Success comes from the public’s appreciation of the feelings of the artists expressed in the artwork”, MN Patil accepted. His works depict the selfless contributions of Agori sadhus.
The curator and artists share insights and resilience tips on how they weathered two years of the pandemic.
“The pandemic has hit us hard. But at the same time, I could go to a different world with my paintings when the real world seemed so daunting,” Sudeshna Ukil remember. She is now delighted that physical exhibitions have restarted and that groups of artists can put on a show and share their creative ideas.
“Artists have been cut off from exhibitions and business during the pandemic. Artists always face challenges, but this time they had to explore deeper with their inner eye and seek happiness,” adds Somesh Swamy.
“During the first days of the pandemic, I painted a lot just to avoid the effect of the confinements. But later it also affected me, I remember not having touched art materials for a long time. Somehow I gathered my strength and started painting again. Tuhina Srivastava remember.
“The lives of many artists have been impacted by the pandemic. They too have suffered, faced financial crises and lost markets for their labor,” Venkatesh Rao remember.
However, since many could not go out, they devoted more time to their works. “A side effect of the pandemic was that artists had more time to work freely and without fear,” he adds.
“As human beings, we all share the same sorrows, the same hopes, the same potential. The pandemic has reminded us how interdependent we are: what happens to one person can soon affect many others, even on the other side of our planet,” Swathi PN describe.
“We don’t know the answer yet – and, in some ways, we don’t even know the right questions to ask. The virus will continue to test our mental toughness and relationships, deepen existing inequalities in society, highlight the need for greater sustainability and demand new ways for us to thrive in 2022 and beyond,” she adds.
“Many artists have struggled to sell their work during the pandemic, but they have also contributed to society through social posts and raise awareness,” says MN Patil.
“The pandemic has been a time of hardship and pain. Many artists had no income or even access to material during the phases of restrictions,” Chandan Singh said. He had to resort to other types of commercial work before he could return to art.
“The times of the pandemic have been horrible days, the depressing mood has created concern. It was difficult not only financially but also mentally,” laments Pratibha Hooli, graduated from MMK College of Visual Art, Gulbarga.
“I hope it’s over now, we are going forward, we are all looking forward to coming back. I only focus on developing new work and try to keep a positive attitude,” she adds.
Messages and methods
The artists also offer tips and advice to the public and to the artists.
“Art is an integral part of everyone’s life. Being able to appreciate and connect with a work of art is as much an art as the work of art itself,” explains Sudeshna.
“Look into nature for ideas and look within yourself for inspiration,” she advises artists. “It’s a joy to be able to express what I see differently, and it’s a pleasure when we connect with people through our art,” she adds.
“The public and people in general should use their skills to improve the lives of others. It will also change your life in the process,” insists Chandan.
“People should support artists with appreciation and encouragement, as well as financial support,” suggests Venkatesh Rao. “Hard work is the only way to improve and impress. Don’t worry about money, reach people through art first,” he advises artists.
People should visit exhibitions and buy art they like – this will help artists, says MN Patil.
“Encourage the younger generation to build a positive attitude for art appreciation, whether it is performing art or visual art. It helps young people and children become more understanding and intelligent as they grow up,” recommends Tuhina.
“Aspiring artists go through a lot of ups and downs, but have to keep up the good work to achieve their goal,” she adds.
“Art appreciation helps open people’s minds, listening to different perspectives, viewpoints and interpretations of art. It encourages thoughtful conversation and the understanding that there is more than one approach to everything,” suggests Swathi.
“Connect with the right people for influence, inspiration and the ability to create. Learn from the works of great artists, but experiment with form, style and techniques,” she adds.
“Try to notice everything around you. Go to familiar places and try to find small things that you did not notice before. Such training will help you learn pay attention, be mindful and observant,” advises Swathi.
“Whatever you do, the only secret is to believe in it and satisfy yourself. Don’t do it for someone else. Be what you want, be proud of how hard you work. Success is luck that comes from aspiration, perspiration, inspiration and even desperation,” she adds.
“The fast pace of modern society has led to less time to devote to deep appreciation of art and too much consumerization,” observes Somesh N Swamy. “Buy original artwork, don’t spend on cheap imitations – which harms the lives of artists,” he adds.
“Honestly share your point of view on the works of art with the artists and judge what suits you best. Chat with others and learn more about presence and effect art,” he recommends.
“Don’t focus blindly on presentation – study theory and art history. be with art regularly and strongly, and appreciate its beauty. Don’t blindly copy or raise prices,” Somesh advises artists.
Art is not only a story, but also a modern practice. “Indian society needs more art teachers and trainers, and art decoration. Artists and entrepreneurs are society builders. The richness of art must be appreciated and new waves of artists must be supported for the growth of society,” he summarizes.
“Art appreciation helps open people’s minds. Each piece of art elicits an emotional response from the viewer,” says Pratibha.
“I want to see more people become interested in art and appreciate it. Buy the paintings and encourage the artists,” she advises the public.
“There is no perfect, one-size-fits-all way to achieve your dreams. Don’t be discouraged by comparing yourself to others, never stop learning,” she advises artists.
“When we create art, we elevate our mood. We improve our problem-solving ability and open our minds to new ideas,” Pratibha concludes.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to tap into your creative core?
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