Blending of creativity
Aptly titled ‘Amalgam’, the exhibition at Siddhartha Art Gallery showcases a huge variety of works by more than 50 artists. The exhibition, which was inaugurated by academician Dr Abhi Subedi, includes creations by both Nepali as well as international artists. As Dr Subedi pointed out the paintings represent an amalgamation of different styles, perceptions and techniques of various artists. He added, “In all the paintings optimism seems to be dominant thus one can say that it is an amalgamation of hope.”
The second series of Amalgam has brought together artists of different generations as one could see creations of senior artists like Shashi Shah, Kiran Manandhar and Madan Chitrakar to paintings of Kathmandu University students under one roof. While some creations represent the signature style of the artists, there are some creations like that of Sudershan Rana where one could see a new style.
Artist Ashmina Ranjeet has used tika on mirror to represent the different personalities — one that she truly is and the one that society perceives — of a woman. She said, “I have tried to depict the paradox of a woman’s identity.”
At the same time in his Bungamati ,series Birendra Pratap Singh has tried to make people aware about the need of restoration and renovation of historical monuments by presenting them in a distorted form.
From abstract to figurative, from landscapes to portrait, the exhibition has been able to encompass a huge range of creations. The variety can been seen in the subject matters as well as some artists have tried to explore human emotions while some have tried to represent the divinity of the almighty in their canvas. The exhibition also included two paintings by Jwala Shah, who is the daughter of writer Bal Krishna Sama.
Creations of artists from the UK, the Netherlands, Austria, Scotland, India and Japan are also present in the exhibition. The exhibition also has an installation art titled ‘Lonely Table’ by Wendy Marston from Scotland.
Amalgam is on till September 8.