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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Mumbai Artists at LDF 2015

Compiled by Team IAnD

Photography: Courtesy the artists
  
painting by arun awasarmol and eknath giram
Canvas by Arun Awasarmol                                                                        Canvas by Eknath Giram

Two artists revisit the international platform promoting their paintings at the Designersblock venue of the London Design Festival 2015...

An artist aspires to grow exponentially both, in stature and knowledge as his art begins to mature into a work to reckon with. And at this juncture of his career, what would be a better way to gain widespread exposure than an international showing?

Artists Eknath Giram and Arun Awasarmol are exhibiting as part of the India Pavillion at the Oxo Tower Wharf in London. Both Mumbai-based, depict a distinctive treatment of the canvas and brush.

Artist Arun Awasarmol with his exhibit at LDF 2015
Artist Arun Awasarmol with his exhibit at LDF 2015

Whilst a keen interest in creating and displaying different art forms has been an integral aspect of artist Arun Awasarmol’s repertoire; Eknath Giram has slowly carved a niche for his figurative style in mainstream art. His distinctive style is expressionist semi-abstract figurative, with elongated necks and figures, oft likened to that of Italian painter Modigliani.

painting by arun awasarmol
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In the current exhibition, Arun is showcasing mixed medium on canvas based on his childhood memories of various mythological stories and religious tales and their deep impact on his mind. He endeavours to express the memoirs in his typical style glorifying rich Indian heritage highlighting Indian culture and tradition. 

painting by arun awasarmol
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Strategic highlights emphasize the artistic expressionism leading to presenting the various religious mindscapes of different characters involved giving due importance to the apt amalgamation of the proper outline of the work, details of the surroundings and background showing seasonal and ecological peculiarities relevant to the theme and the apt colour tones using perfect balance thereof and the rhythmic synchronism of the artistic innovations with his thinking and rational outlook. Consequently, his work presents the superb pictorial view of thematic particulars.

painting by Eknath Giram
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Eknath continues into a new realm of Krishna and his tales, taking his thematic through via muted shades and subtle tonal variations that anoint the canvases with depth and lend tangibility to the works of art. Contemporary in format, Eknath’s Krishna is resplendent not in feature and stature but in sheer colour. Surprisingly, the only thing that identifies this ladies man is the presence of his flute. No customary hallow; no peacock feather. In fact, most of the figures are generally the same except for a change in profile or in the position of the head. The figures appear in simple garments; no other ornamentation is visible.

painting by Eknath Giram
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The figures are fluid, sensuous, limpid, indicative of languorous pellucid movement prancing to the vibrancy and ethnicity depicted by his distinctive individuality. The canvases come alive as a strange blend of reality and magical fantasy; free, spontaneous and characteristically structured. 

Artist Eknath Giram with his exhibits at LDF 2015
Artist Eknath Giram with his exhibits at LDF 2015

There is an unmistakable tranquility in the art although the canvases sprout with colour and one is compelled to wonder, where the artist gets the bouquet of colours and the confidence of such brilliantly fluid strokes.

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