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2nd India Art Festival: A mix bag of striking artworks

first_imgBy Rajan SharmaNew Delhi, Jan 22 (PTI) From nail art to mughal mirror painting, from the portrait of a cow to etching on stones, the second edition of the India Art Festival that began here yesterday, is a mix bag of eye-catching artworks by both veteran and emerging artists.Mumbai-based artist Wajid Khans unique iron nail art grabbed eye balls as the 35-year-old artist captures the finest of the human expressions in his portraits made by hammering nearly one lakh iron nails into a hard acrylic foam sheet.Khans works, that include portraits of Mother Mary with Jesus Christ and Mahatma Gandhi, are being represented by the Mumbai-based Masterpiece gallery.”We are only featuring works of Wajid Khan because it has been our vision to bring those artists in the forefront who have have mind boggling ideas and innovative art talent but do not have the means to exhibit their works on a global platform,” a representative from the gallery told PTI.Mirror paintings by Indore-based Sunita Fakriya gives takes viewers on a walk through the intricate corridors of the Mughal era.The artist has used mirror as a canvas to create paintings using a mix of natural colours and acrylics while giving a three-dimensional look to her artworks.”Mughal mirror art is reflective in the literal and metaphorical sense and has been a part of the Indian tradition. Most of the paintings here depict the passion, grace and beauty which is reminiscent of the Mughal grandeur,” says Fakriya.Painter and sculptor P Gana is showcasing sculptures of cows while using a perfect synthesis of technique, colours, perspective and emotions.advertisementCow is a recurrent subject in Ganas works, owing to his childhood memories associated with the animal.”I have a reverence for the cow, since it has been part of my childhood memories as I grew up in a small town in South India. It is the animals nature and cultural sanctity which induced a spark in me to paint it extensively. We have an adulation for cows since we decorate and worship it. Being auspicious, it also serves a part of several important festivities in India,” says the Singapore-based artist.When asked about his views on the ongoing debate over Jallikattu, extended his support and said that the bull-taming sport depicts the cultural sanctity and should be seen with goodwill.Reviving the early man age is city-based artist Noor, who has etched images of some of the extinct animal species on thinly sliced slabs of stones. (MORE) PTI RJS TRS TRSlast_img read more