Capturing various moments in time

Renaissance Art Gallery will host a group exhibition for March 27 to 31. The exhibition will showcase works by Thota Vaikuntam from Hyderabad, Syed Azhar from Kolkata, Tripthi Rajesh fro

Published: 26th March 2012 04:08 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th May 2012 09:44 PM   |  A+A-

Renaissance Art Gallery will host a group exhibition for March 27 to 31.

The exhibition will showcase works by Thota Vaikuntam from Hyderabad, Syed Azhar from Kolkata, Tripthi Rajesh from Bangalore and Prerna Kapoor from Bangalore.

Prerna Kapoor, picked up quilling as a hobby few years ago and now uses paper to create ‘Miniature Art’.

In her words, ‘Miniatures have a divine, God like quality about them.

Creating a miniature, is akin to capturing a moment in time.’ It takes about seven hours on an average to create Miniatures.

The effort can sometimes be spread over two to three days as well.

“Quilling involves incessant movement of the right hand and shoulder.

Hence a quiller must take adequate rest to ensure that the hand muscles are relaxed and given rest over a period of time,” cautions Prerna.

Quilling is a lovely old art form which some believe may date back to ancient Egypt.

Worldwide this art form has been known by many names including paper- rolling, paper-scrolling, filigree, paper mosaic etc.

It is theorised that early quillers rolled their papers on a feather, or quill, hence the name Quilling.

During the Renaissance, French and Italian nuns and monks used quilling to decorate book covers and religious items.

The paper most commonly used was strips of paper trimmed from the gilded edges of books.

These gilded paper strips were then rolled to create the quilled shapes.

Quilling often imitated the original ironwork of the day.

It is a cross between sketching and painting.

Working mostly with handmade paper, Prerna has experimented with 3D figurines across flora and fauna and has also made Dancing Troups and Musicians for the exhibition.

In the 18th century, quilling became popular in Europe where gentle ladies of quality (ladies of leisure) practised the art.

It was one of the few things ladies could do that was thought not too taxing for their minds or gentle dispositions.

Quilling also spread to the Americas and there are a few examples from Colonial times.

Many quilled art works can be found on cabinets and stands, cribbage boards, ladies’ purses, a wide range of both pictures and frames, work baskets, tea caddies, coats of arms and wine coasters.

The craft has gone through many transformations and changes through the ages using new techniques, styles and materials.

Dimensional quilling creates 3D items.

Tripthi Rajesh has a Master’s in Microbiology.

She is a natural artist whose techniques are unique.

She is self-taught and is passionate about drawing and painting landscapes, abstracts, still life and realism in oil, acrylic and mixed media.

Her interest in art at a young age has won her many awards in painting, sketching and other creative works during her school and college days.

Her sketches and paintings show a vibrancy of colours in everyday life.

She tries to capture the feel, light and atmosphere of landscapes and through her paintings aims at motivating people whose daily lives are enmeshed in the complexities of the modern world.

she wishes to enable people to stop for a moment and recall the purity and gentleness of nature to enjoy its beauty through her paintings.

She is an avid photographer and a collector of art.

Her collection of art includes some stunning paintings of Iraqi artists.

Thanks to the American Arts Association these extremely talented artists are now well known in the Art world.

A native of Kolkata, Syed Azhar, a self taught artist and interior designer, has a unique ability to create third dimensions on a two dimensional canvas.

His work reflects the world around him and he tries to tell a story about the relationship between man-made and nature.

He draws inspiration from realism.

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