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Wednesday, November 1, 2017 11:35AM IST (6:05AM GMT)

Black and White Hues Exposed Starkly with Charcoal on Paper


New Delhi, Delhi, India

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  • PushpaPushpa Bagrodia Charcoal Artwork
 
Black and white creates a strange dreamscape that colour never can, a famous American musician Jack Antonoff once said. Perhaps this is a greater truth in present times when everything around us is in so many varied hues.
 
Black and white represents the reality – the expression and passion of the artist, and no medium expresses this better than charcoal on white paper.
 
And 75 year old artist, Pushpa Bagrodia who has always been known for her water-colours is for the first time exhibiting her exploration with charcoals in an exhibition aptly titled ‘Shwet-Syam’ the show is presented by Creativity Art Gallery and curated by Uma Nair. The exhibition opens on 31 October 2017 at Hall no.1 in Lalit Kala Akademi at 6:30 pm and will continue till 6 November at that venue.
 
It was inaugurated by eminent singer-actor-musician and Padma Shri recipient Shekhar Sen who is known for his mono-acts on Kabir and Vivekanand apart from other historical and mythological figures.
 
A travelling show, it will move to Creativity Art Gallery in Hauz Khas from 8 to 20 November. The show will then go to Kolkata where it will be on display from 13 to 26 January 2018 at the Harrington Street Gallery.
 
Drawn in realistic and semi-abstract styles, the works depict nature – leaves, flowers, waters, and trees. As Mrs Bagrodia says, her garden is her inspiration. This debut in the monochromatic medium is symbolic of deep devotion to creating works that embrace the beauty and power of nature.
 
Mrs Bagrodia’s new works celebrate the charm and charisma of charcoal on paper in a variety of subjects ranging from plants, flowers and palm trees to landscapes.
 
Comprising around 50 works done in monochrome, each work is an endearing drawing sometimes enhanced just by the white spaces that add to its retinue of reflections in time. Shades of grey in different intonations have large panoramic as well as medium and smaller studies all done in the facile medium of charcoal pencil or stubs on white paper – that will prove to be a feast to the eyes of a true connoisseur.
 
Born in May 1943, Mrs Bagrodia has held almost fourteen solo exhibitions of her works in various cities including Hyderabad, Mumbai, Kolkata, Delhi, and Chandigarh since 1999.
 
Curator Uma Nair who has followed her works for more than a decade states: “Some of these works are in the literati style, tending to use expressionistic strokes which are drawn as an expression of personal creativity. Others are made in the ‘meticulous’, natural style, utilising precise details to appear more embellished as seen in the flower studies.”
 
Mrs Bagrodia’s floral still life etches, a series of drawings of the beautiful, petalled blooms in their fragility and vivid power, are perhaps the most intense distillation of the artist’s love for nature’s plumes. The magnetism of the beauty that shows through use of just black and white is undeniable.
 
The dulcet-toned artist says the sensory quality of her works may have been -on a subconscious level – due to her readings of Hindi literature. “I like to read most of the time, as well as look at pictures - all kinds - and these get absorbed and come out subconsciously one way or another.”
 
Subjects for the artist are available in the oasis of her own home in Delhi, the verdant landscaped gardens flowing with flowers and palms, as well as the Whispering Palms Resorts in Goa where she spends a few days every year. It is her tones of tranquility and her subtle style of strokes that speak most strongly to the viewer, irrespective of whether it is bold and expressive or quiet and detailed.
 
The exhibits represent a fleeting experience in the life of an organism. The panoramic works of flowers-the white orchid is in this sense an arduous image; a depiction of the flowering and a climactic occurrence in time, a process every life must pass through.
 
There’s an inherently botanical undertone to the flower studies. Their vivid colour draws the viewer inwards: the petalled contours are largely external, leaning gently out of their stems to create a tranquil emblem of nature’s wonder. In the case of the collective flowers, the intricacy with which they are captured adds an irresistible draw. For example, the artist captures the pulse where a tree grows upwards by thrusting downwards.


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75 year old artist, Pushpa Bagrodia who has always been known for her water-colours is for the first time exhibiting her exploration with charcoals in an exhibition aptly titled 'Shwet-Syam' the show is presented by Creativity Art Gallery and curated by Uma Nair. The exhibition opens on 31 October 2017 at Hall no.1 in Lalit Kala Akademi at 6:30 pm and will continue till 6 November at that venue.