Tapasya, an art collection featuring works of four artists who subscribe to different genres, was presented at Nahar Heritage Art Gallery at Nahar Heritage Hotel on St Marks Road, on Friday.
This maiden show of the gallery is the first in a series to come, and is the result of Kamal Ghimiray's initiative towards promoting art. The show was inaugurated by MLA N A Haris.
The collection, curated by Jytohi Aranha, boasts of works by Paresh Hazra, J M S Mani, G Subramanian and Aditi Hazra, and is a feast for the eyes.
The artists, a mix of well-known veterans and an upcoming painter, have all been appreciated for their work.
"The art scene in Bangalore which is gradually picking up, and will soon pose serious competition to Chennai's well established industry," says Aranha.
Paresh Hazra's series on display was a collection of delicate charcoal art depicting spirituality and mythology.
J M S Mani had his series titled Badami on display. It is themed on a rural town he visited and fell in love with. Bold strokes and visible knife work are characteristic of his style.
Works by Alphonso Doss, former principal of Madras College of Arts and Crafts, revolve around the theme of time and space expressed through the deity Nataraja.
Aditi Hazra, daughter of Paresh Hazra proves that she has art in her blood. Having received her education from Shantiniketan, she has been painting since her childhood. Her series, titled Dragonfly was also part of the show.
G Subramanium, a former graphic designer, employs an unconventional medium to create his art. His collages display caricatures of deities from Indian mythology. The interpretation of popular entities such as Radha Krishna, and Ganesha are almost childlike with their exaggerated features. Tapasya continues until June 21.