Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath showcases works by emerging artists
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Karnataka Chitakala Parish recently hosted an exhibition featuring the works of artists from its certification program. See our coverage of previous exhibitions, Chitra Santhe, Moghi’s Tales, Team Yuva Collective, Aadipaaya and Print India Biennale.
Some of the exhibiting artists share insights into their artistic journeys, the meaning of success, resilience to the pandemic, and advice for budding artists. See also our special compilations of quotes on the occasion of world art day, World Heritage Day, world music day, and World Photography Day.
For Sindhu Bhairavi, a lawyer turned artist based in Bengaluru, art is a way of life. “From cave paintings to current digital media, art has always found its place and evolved on its own,” she explains in a conversation with Your story.
Art reflects time, status and human behavior. “We just have to observe and think big. There are so many things that a work of art can speak for itself,” she adds. For the exhibition, Sindhu prepared acrylic works called Horizon and Spectrum, representing divisions and multiple meanings.
Success for her would come from people who recognize her one-size-fits-all. “The work I present shouldn’t need a business card or a description card,” she explains. Sindhu even values this more than earnings.
“People need to become more aware of art. I often hear people say they’re not into art – but art is all around us, and people should develop their curiosity rather than restrict themselves,” she explains.
Sindhu says she was pleased with the reactions to the exhibit, although she was irritated when some people touched paintings or others just clicked selfies. “I think with the COVID lockdowns, people have lost civic sense,” she laments.
“Before the pandemic, I was a lawyer. The pandemic has given me the opportunity to change careers and explore more. It helped me develop my own style,” recalls Sindhu. She has read many art books and is now a full time artist.
“It’s the silver lining for me. Of course, monetarily, the pandemic has destroyed me. But luckily my parents were supportive and still understand my career change,” she says proudly.
She also launched an Instagram page a few years ago in tribute to her brother who died at a very young age from cancer. “He had a unique way of expressing himself through art. Therefore, I started the art page,” says Sindhu.
“I teach art to children and I donate 50% of my income through the page to people in need. I also donate to animal causes – their habitat is in danger and they are in danger in urban areas” , she adds. make a monthly donation to UNICEF and NGOs working with tribal people or children with special needs.
Sindhu also offers advice to budding artists. “Please, please, please try to build your own artwork. Work on your own style and color schemes,” she emphasizes.
“Your own unique style is important. Never trace the work or reference other artwork from Google or Pinterest. Be original,” summarizes Sindhu.
“Experiencing art evokes our emotions, and those feelings reduce stress and anxiety. Art gives the power to create dreams as a story,” says artist and UX designer Pavan Dhananjaya.
“Using my abilities to the fullest is a success. Believing in yourself opens the way to all possibilities. The desire to learn is never less,” he adds.
The journey of a successful artist goes through many ups and downs “Success is not possible without hard work and perseverance,” says Pavan.
“Focus, consistency and cooperation are the signs of a successful artist,” he adds.
It calls for more appreciation of art in society. “Art helps open people’s minds by listening to different perspectives. You always have to learn to appreciate the hard work behind any art,” says Pavan.
For the exhibition, he prepared the work Samudra Manthan Shiva, representing the churning of the ocean by the Devas and the Danavas. Pavan enjoyed the exhibit as a platform for his talent and audience positivity.
“This effective feedback helps me nurture and nurture more. I was happy that visitors accepted my talents and didn’t judge them,” he adds.
The pandemic has been devastating for the arts community. “Artists have had to adjust to a ‘new normal life’ as art fairs, exhibitions and workshops have been suspended indefinitely,” laments Pavan.
The lack of courier facilities during the shutdowns hampered its fulfillment of work orders. “But since this destruction concerned the whole world, I had to adapt to the situation. So I decided to improve my skills by training daily,” he recalls.
“You have to be passionate about the work. Always have the zeal in learning and explore new things,” he advises budding artists.
Practice must be combined with ability. “Find strength by focusing on the work, whatever path you choose. Keep pushing yourself to improve your skills,” concludes Pavan.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to apply your creativity?
V. Dhakshina Murthy
(All photographs in the exhibition were taken by Madanmohan Rao on site during the exhibition.)
(The list of participating artists was made available to YourStory after the article was published. These artists, some of whose works are featured in this photo essay, include Bhavani Muralidhar, Dakshinha Murthy A, Indrani Muninarasimiah, Harish Kumar A , Jacqueline Lobo John, Mahima Vadiraja Rao, Pavan Dhananjaya, Poornima Aravind, Savitha Gowda and Sindhu Bhairavi.)
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