Within Reach X Women artists
I never paint dreams or nightmares. I paint my own reality. By Frida Kahlo
The Within Reach series began in 2010 and went on to become an annual feature at Gallerie Nvya. This year it turns 10!
Our endeavor has been to bring together the work of young emerging artists, some well-known names and a few who are established but new to Nvya. The intent is to showcase innovative, unconventional, new media & installation art; with the underlying emphasis being on good art.
This one of a kind compendium features a selection of women artists making important contributions to the field of contemporary art. Women artists have been the subject of varying degrees of critical attention and neglect throughout history. However, these artists present a fresh perspective on various notions of society, culture and more. Using a variety of mediums, the artists are addressing different themes of socio, cultural and psychological issues.
Aditi Saigal’s innate childhood passion for painting was realized when painting started to overtake all other professional interests and became the primary focus of her work. Having experimented with various mediums she chooses oil on canvas for her paintings. Much of her practice employs metaphor constructs to depict the experiences of human life with its ensuing struggles, beauty, pride, and glory. Her body of work includes intricate patterns and self-created symbols which portray the beauty of human life and spirit.
Aditi Saigal, Rise, 25 x 20 inches, Oil on canvas, 2018
The Indore based artist uses her colours and canvas to capture the enchanting Banyan tree in its myriad forms: the roots of the tree descend from its branches and anchor it to the ground by eventually transforming into trunks while the branches move heavenward in a cosmic balance. She mainly uses acrylic colours, but in some places to build the atmosphere she uses ink too. The technique is pointillism, as she splatters paint on her canvas, layer by layer. Strokes and drippings are a part of her work too. The dripping paint looks like the roots of the tree descending from its branches. Her work is clear and subtle. With the delicate brush strokes over canvas, Aparna highlighted every detail of her theme in each painting. The choice of colours that she spread over the canvas brings out the enchantment of the banyan tree. Aparna’s work has taken the exquisiteness of the tree to another dimension, as Aparna does not limit herself to western and eastern techniques.
Aparna Bidasaria, Aashray-The Banyan series, 48 x 48 inches, Acrylic on canvas, 2018
Deepti relates her work with a contemporary style of art. Her colour palette is the most striking feature of her creative perception. Her style of work is simple with strong geographical sensibilities, depicting different forms and compositions. She believes that colours speak louder than the forms in conveying moods and expressions. Her work is not religious but a mere composition of the life around her like cows which is a common animal and a part of common living in Indian homes. For most Hindus, animals represent Gods. The innocence in the animals and the birds have always attracted her to paint them in a joyful and progressive outlook.
Deepti Gupta, Untitled, 48 x 72 inches, Acrylic on canvas, 2019
Himani’s artwork depicts urban environment linked with human emotions and identity. She draws inspiration from land, spaces and cities. She combines aerial views of spaces, maps and 2D forms representing the built environment and expresses this through her work. She uses depth, colour, light, geometry and mass in expressing her thoughts on canvas. Her works are created using a mix of oils, acrylics and resin on canvas, concrete and board. She is particularly drawn towards elements from architecture, cityscapes and a vibrant palette.
Himani Gupta, 36 x 48 inches, Oil and acrylic paint, pigment, graphite, paper assemblage, gold leaf and resin on canvas, 2018
Masoom displays her creative talent in her semi-abstract creations expressing motion, the dynamism of life through suggestive, blurred figures and brisk colours and space divided by broad colour bands. As a young woman artist she wants to express the dynamism, speed, enthusiasm, adventurous spirit. With artistic use of colours used with palette knife she has created beautiful, different textures and surfaces in her works. She has effectively used different tones of a single colour in some of her works. The picturesque landscapes in her paintings resonate with her own life experiences.
Masoom Khambhayta, 24 x 24 inches, Acrylic on canvas, 2013
Mousumi’s sculptures are aesthetically appealing to the viewers. Her choice of colour tones and subjects is one of the most striking features of her artworks. Her preferred choice of medium is fiberglass.
Mousumi Biswas, Twittering Birds, 20 x 16 x 11 inches, Fiberglass, 2019
Nehmat Mongia experiments with different mediums and concepts. She uses art as a medium to express her thoughts and imaginations. She believes that amalgamating the glossy and delicate texture of Ceramic with Natural Wood helps her to play in multifaceted ways to bring alive the expressions unique.
Nehmat Mongia, Portrait 3, 17 x 12 inches, Ceramic and wood, 2019
Niraja Bhuwal likes to work with natural materials and symbols. Her works are inspired by Indian Gods and Goddesses. Her artworks are rich in colour and texture, which generates a lively experience for the audience. She has worked with different mediums and concepts giving each artwork a very unique essence.
Niraja Bhuwal, Devi Enthroned, 36 x 36 inches, Acrylic on canvas, 2019