Wednesday, February 21, 2018

A Way to Gali Qasim Jan, New Delhi

Curated by Unnati Singh and featuring ten artists from Calcutta.


Introductory text by Unnati Singh

Hai ab is māmūre meñ qaht-e-ġham-e-ulfat 'asad' 
Ham ne ye maanā ki dillī meñ raheñ khāveñge kyā……..

Ghalib's long journey from Delhi to Calcutta marked a significant period of his struggle and experiences as a poet. He arrived Calcutta in February 1828 via Lucknow, Allahabad and Benares . This period saw him write Gul-e ŕanā a collection inspired by Calcutta.

After 190 years ten artists from Calcutta reflect back on the cities which hold Ghalib's heritage and it’s contemporary relevance .Their works create an intriguing allegory of multiple metaphors. These artists have tried to capture the internal rhythm , grace and beauty of the intricate culture Ghalib embraced in his poetry , layered with a resonance of wit and passion.

Kalkatte kā jo zikr kiyā tū ne ham-nashīñ
ik tiir mere siine meñ maarā ki haa.e haa.e

In collaboration with India International Center, New Delhi.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Painting Dialogues: Dublin

A beautiful day at the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin.
(Photo: Paul Behnke)

Just a brief post to introduce some of the incredible artists I met up with on my recent trip to Dublin.
It was my first time meeting a couple of the painters in person but luckily I have been a fan of all their work for quite sometime. Such a pleasure to meet up and share a pint with them all!

Damien Flood

Damien Flood, Second Life, 2017, oil on canvas, 150 x 125 cm

Damien Flood, Dimensions Variable (Boudoir), 2017, oil on linen, 140 x 180 cm

Damien Flood, Combust, 2017, oil on canvas, 150 x 125 cm

Eileen Kenny, Keep Calm and Banish Depression, 2015, mixed media on panel

Eileen Kenny, Beautiful, 2015, mixed media on panel

Eileen Kenny, American Horror Story All Tied Up, 2015, mixed media on panel

Diana Copperwhite, Monumento, 2017, oil on canvas, 20 x 24 in

Diana Copperwhite, Confucius Confused, 2016, oil on canvas, 11 3/4 x 16 in

Diana Copperwhite, Floating World, 2017, oil on canvas, 31 1/2 x 39 2/5 in

Robert Armstrong, studio view in the artist's studio Temple Bar Gallery and Studios.
(Photo: Paul Behnke)

Robert Armstrong, The Meeting, 2016

Robert Armstrong, work in progress (studio view).
(Photo: Paul Behnke)

David Murphy, The Rank Prophet No. 1, 2017, oil on wood, 23.5 x 19.5 in

David Murphy, Bacchus No. 3, 2017, acrylic on Fabriano 140 lb. watercolor paper, 24 x 18 in

David Murphy, Pornographic Mappings No. 26, 2016,
watercolor and gouach on Fabrino 140 lb. watercolor paper, 24 x 18 in

Enda O'Donoghue, Omnium, 2015, oil on canvas, 140 x 190 cm

Enda O'Donoghue, Leviathan (Lower Body Negative Pressure), 2015, oil on canvas, 140 x190 cm

Enda O'Donoghue, Reset/Restart, 2015, oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm

Laura (age 8)

Laura (age 8), Robin, 2017, watercolor, pencil, button and construction paper, 8 1/2 x 11 in
(home studio view)
(Photo: Paul Behnke)

***Photos by the blog author where indicated all other images courtesy and © of the artists.