The Asian Art House brings together artists from Vietnam and India for a show
Vietnamese art seems to be growing steadily into a vibrant and larger network internationally. Bringing the same to the city is the Asian Art House, which is organising a three-day art exhibition , A Journey Through Art, showcasing works of 18 Indian and six Vietnamese artists. The highlight of the event, however, is the live painting demonstration by Hyderabad’s celebrated artist, Laxman Aelay.
Founded in 2006, The Asian Art House aims to take art across borders and provide a platform for Asian and international artists in the country. For its upcoming show in Hyderabad, Rajka Mittra, founder of The Asian Art House, says that it is an attempt to bring together the unique works of artists from India and Vietnam. “The paintings at the show blend multiple concepts and forms of media signifying traditional themes and the cultures of the two countries,” she adds. Closer to the theme, the showcase touches upon the artists’ journey in their refined experiences, observations as individuals taking a visual form which is diverse and subjective.
Van The’s paintings showcase surreal images, giving his canvases a harmonious balance and richness in detail. This 47-year-old from Ninh Binh Province in Vietnam efficiently uses different tones that define the simplicity of themes. Through his paintings, Van The presents a depth of perspective and poetic imagery that draws the viewer into a world of symbolism and layered narratives.
Born in 1964 in Kadirenigudem of Telangana, Laxman Aelay is known for his contemporary depiction of rural Telangana. “I usually use charcoal and acrylic for my paintings. For my live demonstration, my focus is going to be folklore and socio-political issues in Telangana,” he says. His paintings feature men and women in typical Telangana attire. Through his works he reveals, the predicament of the oppressed such as street performers and itinerant bards. He does it through multiple layers of motifs.
Inspired by renowned psychologist Sigmund Freud, Guru Kinkar believes that human beings possess remnants of pre-historic fragments within themselves. Through his artwork, this Howrah-born artist explores the psychology of the human mind and finds its different meanings depicted using a monochromatic palette. Guru is also inspired by Freudian theories on the unconscious mind and transference.
For Amit, art has always been his first love. ‘The primary objective of his life’, as he calls it. The captivating beauty of rural Bengal is what inspired him to start painting as early as 12. Currently living in Bengaluru, Amit has 15 solo shows and more than 50 group shows across the world. Talking about his style, he says, “My work has undercurrents of semi-realistic techniques in terms of texture woven with the play of light and shade.” Guided by noted artists Paresh Das, Amit has also worked with Subal Jana and Niloy Ghosh. At the show, Amit is the only Indian to showcase his work which is in acrylic and oil on canvas.
Entry free. September 29 - October 1, 7 pm onwards.
At ITC Kakatiya. Details: 23400132