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Aditya Chawla, a 25-year-old artist from Sonipat, started painting four years ago. A former engineer who graduated from BITS Pilani, Chawla decided to quit at the age of 21 to pursue a full-time career in art. Painting in his signature style, which he calls 2Dealism — he represents reality in a 2D format — Chawla’s work presents his societal observations and travel experiences often depicting a dystopian world from a utopian angle. A collection of these paintings will be on display at a pop art exhibition in the Interstellar art gallery, Ghitorni. The exhibit, which begins today, can be viewed until October 31. Entitled “Lemonade,” curator Iqrut Kataria says this exhibit resonates with the fun and carefree nature of folk art. The exhibition is a unique take on this art form, which also appeals to many Indian clients of the gallery.
The exhibition – it promotes the 1960s pop art movement of American artist Andy Warhol – welcomes several emerging artists from around the world, working with different themes, mediums and color palettes. The artwork is handpicked by Kataria who will also be showcasing her collection of art on women’s empowerment here. “Some of our artists resonate with different energies of the environment, the universe and the candor of life while others focus on more social issues like the empowerment of women. We see if there is some kind of fun concept attached to the work before we choose it, ”says the 35-year-old curator. These pieces presented at the gallery will also be on sale; with prices less than a lakh.
An innovative perspective
Among the ten artists who will see their works presented at the exhibition is Pooja Bansal, who has her roots in Delhi but now lives in Mumbai. Self-taught artist, who left his professional job in a company in early 2018 to follow his passion, Bansal’s canvases to paint are surfaces as hard as wood. References to her work include the doors and windows of old Mumbai houses and mills, which she repurposed and painted. She believes in choosing a sustainable medium that will contribute to the circular economy. “All the wood I use is Burmese teak, which has lost its charm due to [people’s] modern taste for shiny glass and metal. The purpose of bringing this art form onto a solid footing is to bring those old doors and windows back into people’s homes, and to bring a sense of connection and emotional attachment to the past, ”emphasizes Bansal, 43 years. Likewise, Chawla, who has a few color blind artists, mentions how he uses this art form to debunk the idea that color blindness is a barrier for artists.
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As a work of art often inspired by comics, pop art is a theme that resonates with these artists. Bansal talks about how it brings out his inner emotions in a punchy way. Although the themes of his works can be serious, their representations are not limited to defined rules and limits. Bansal says that while his theme may be serious, their portrayals are not confined to set rules. “As artists, we take pop culture and add a satirical touch to it. The art resonates more with the public because it is eye-catching and in 100 paintings the pop [art] usually pop. In addition, by representing popular culture, it is more accessible to viewers compared to traditional art, ”concludes Chawla.