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Online art exhibition showcases art, photography and sculpture

Organized by Art Grooves, an online forum for artists, the show features the work of 33 Indian artists.

‘Art Fair’, an online exhibition curated by Art Grooves, an art forum founded by Mumbai-based artist Poornima Dayal in 2020, features an curated collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures.

With more than 33 participating artists, the exhibition brings together a diverse collection of styles and artistic mediums. It pays homage to the late artist, writer and teacher Bireswar Sen. A collection of his works that were exhibited at the Crow Collection of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas, is on display. A famous artist in his day, Sen’s miniature paintings spoke his unique visual language. Inspired by the Himalayas, his miniature watercolors often feature mountains and valleys.

Art Fair also pays homage to street photographer Akash Poddar, whose frames capture the dramatic yet everyday moments of the streets of Indian cities. He presents a choice collection of his works.

Enamel on copper and woodworking by Triveni Mahajan

Enamel on copper and woodworking by Triveni Mahajan

Among the sculptures on display are the works of enamel artist Triveni Mahajan. One of them, “Owl and Philodendron”, an enamel on copper and wood, represents an owl perched near a tree trunk, with a bouquet of colored leaves emerging from a branch. The work is part of his series on owls and bulls. Her journey in the art of enamel began 20 years ago, when she freely experimented with fire, glass and metal to create a unique work.

work of Priya Bhave

work of Priya Bhave

“The idea was to put on a show, which was not linked to any particular theme. It is a space where art lovers from all over the world can view the works, interact with the artists and buy their works as well, ”says Poornima Dayal, whose paintings are also part of the exhibition. Art Grooves had organized a three-day online exhibition earlier this year, in which 22 artists participated.

Art debates

While providing artists with a platform to exhibit their works, Art Grooves, formed in 2020, also hosts live interactive discussions and sessions for Indian artists around the world. “Artist of the month”, a feature promoted by her, puts the work of a selected artist in the spotlight. The current “Artist of the Month”, the abstract expressionist works of Sapna Anand are exhibited at Art Fair. Most of his paintings represent man’s connection to nature. Although she uses acrylic and a variety of mediums, Sapna has recently entered digital art to explore the possibilities of the medium.

Painting by Sapna Anand

Painting by Sapna Anand

Painting brightly colored semi-abstracts in acrylics was a meditative process for artist Piyush Mathur. His works on display were inspired by people and his surroundings, says Piyush.

Medium materials

Acrylic as a medium has been a source of inspiration for Lucknow-based artist Karishma Tomar, who prefers acrylic to play freely with textures and shapes. Artist Priya Bhave, who examines the effect of colors in acrylics and watercolors, paints landscapes and wildflowers.

For those interested in photography, the fair includes a collection of works by photographers Arinjoy Dhar, Mallika Gurnani, Hasrat Ali, Neeraj Chandra.

Art Fair runs until February 2022.

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