The work of of 7 artists – Chirag Bangdel, Jeevan Rajopadhya, Mekh Limbu, Rabindra Shrestha, Sabita Dangol, Sujan Dangol, and Sunita Maharjan will be showcased in Delhi from 9 to12 February 2018 at the NSIC Exhibition Grounds, Okhla Industrial Estate, New Delhi.
Nepal’s Participation at the fair is co-ordinated by Mr Sagar SJB Rana, Vice-Chairman, Nepal Art Council, and curated by Swosti Rajbhandari Kayastha who says in her curatorial statement: “Nepali art has gained an unprecedented momentum in the last few years, with the emerging artists engaging in multiple disciplines and mediums. The themes cover a wide array of subjects ranging from global and local politics, socio-cultural issues, awareness campaigns, resplendent landscapes, natural and cultural heritage. In context of the ‘global village’ world we now live in, the innovations in art form ushered in by the European masters have reached and touched the artists of Nepal. However, the growing number of talented emerging artists of diverse ethnicity and social background have created a happy fusion of the east and west to underline the coming of age of Nepali art to mix and match with the rest of the world.
Last year, the Huffington Post, a premier American online news aggregator and blog declared our booth to showcase one among the twelve ‘must see’ artworks at the India Art Fair 2017. This year too, we present the best of the contemporary Nepali art represented by seven coveted names in the field. Their works are visual metaphors of contemporary Nepali society, emotional struggles, spiritual and human connections, together with artistic imaginations unfolded on canvas providing a multi-faceted engagement to the viewers.”
The seven artists representing Nepal at IAF 2018 and their themes
For this exhibition, Chirag Bangdel paintings romanticize the stories of Krishnalila, taking themes from Geet Govinda in fluid forms. His simplistic treatment of compositions, complemented by contrasting colours makes his artworks reignites our spirituality, disseminating an aura of tranquil peace and spirituality.
An established artist, Jeevan Rajopadhya explores the abstract. He believes that all things have their source in the abstract, and when given a name they take a tangible form. Similarly, our thought and feelings develop from abstract, but when expressed through a medium take physical existence and form. He thus translates on to the canvas, his free forms and expressions through a lyrical flow of colours resembling the melodious tunes of music.
Being a victim of the consequences of migration form an early age, most of Mekh Limbu’s works reflect his inner torments on the subject together with portraying a broader picture of social awareness. He constantly explores for new ways of visual expressions through the latest technology to engage a wider spectrum of audience.
Disturbed by the recent global political conflicts, Rabindra Shrestha rethinks the concept of unity and equality. By taking thumbprints of various individuals, he tries to explain the similarities as well as differences of each individual being for a shared global harmony.
In this series of artworks, Sabita Dangol juxtaposes imagination and reality to make surreal compositions, using objects seen and used in daily life. The realities of these objects are transformed in imaginative compositions expanded on the canvas. Fishes float in the air, the combs metamorphose into human forms, their functions acquiring a different reality, fusing different entity with one another.
Seeking to engage with the community, Sujan Dangol once again delves into the mind of ordinary Nepalese and explores through a visual composition, the wants and needs of three generations in contemporary Nepali society. This interesting composition with symbolic objects of generational consumption and skilful use of colours and shapes, the triptych, creates a jovial mood, yet compels us to contemplate the harsh realities of life.
Sunita Maharjan explores the dualities in life, how humans create and arrange their own space within their individual movements. She observes these movements over time and the impressions they leave as layers that overlap. Yet each moment is unique and each movement is different. This individuality and its continuity creates the relationship between nature, life and art.
The artist has meticulously transferred these overlapping layers printed through stencils on fabric, creating an interesting as well as aesthetically pleasing compositions of the layered spaces created by humans.
About India Art Fair:
India Art Fair, is an annual Indian modern and contemporary art fair held in New Delhi, India. The fair includes paintings, sculptures, photography, mixed media, prints, drawings and video art from carefully selected galleries from across Asia, Europe, South America, the United Kingdom and United States. The first three editions of the fair were organized at Pragati Maidan, one of India’s largest and oldest exhibitions grounds. Starting from the 4th edition, the venue was shifted to NSIC grounds, Okhla. First held in 2008, it is the largest art fair in South Asia, currently featuring it 10th edition with 79 galleries form 18 countries. The art fair includes several pavilions of exhibits by galleries and solo projects. It also has an art education series with guided walks conducted by curators and students of art history. Simultaneously, there is a speakers’ forum with panel of Indian and international experts from the art domain to address issues pertaining to the art in the region. It focuses on key issues related with the art production, art market and its reception in India.
About Nepal Art Council:
Nepal Art Council (NAC) was established on initiation of His Majesty’s Government of Nepal in 1962 as a national institution for promoting arts and artists of Nepal. It is a not for profit organization conceived and operating as a ‘public-private partnership’. Its galleries offer the finest space in Kathmandu for national and international exhibitions and diverse activities related to art and culture. Activities under its umbrella have helped promote generations of Nepalese artists of all genre and attain the level of excellence we witness today.
Nepal’s participation in regional art fairs including IAF 2016 and 2017 has made a significant impact for Nepalese art in South-Asia and beyond. Collectively the selected art works for IAF 2018 make a picturesque mosaic of multi-layered themes portrayed by contemporary Nepalese artist today.