Sunday, September 03, 2006

In the prvious post we had seen how use of bold colours is seen by Artists of various ages. In this issue we would look at the works of some artists from contemporary India. one such artist is Satish Gujral, whose works show not only bold colours and lines but also very striking forms. Gujral who has influenced a generation of artists in india is however not a new artist. he should properly termend as veteran.
Another artist who is equally known for bold colours is Manjit Bawa. Bawa's works are less decorative when compared to those of Gujral. but there is one thing common to the works of both the artists; they both show influence of Rajasthani, Mughal, and other Muralistic styles of Indian Art.

Among the new generation of artists, Arpana Caur also shows use of similar bold use of colours. Her works which depict scenes from the lives of Sikh Gurus or Punjabi mythologies, are often set against a very dark background with contrasting hues on the foreground.
There is something similar to all these three artists. they all use bold colours, bold lines and use Indian muralistic figures. Why? this immense commonality between the three artists come sheerly from one common factor; that they all belong to North West India and are thus steeply drenched in the culture of that part of India.

Bold colours are being used by many other new generation artists like Devajyoti Ray, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Bose Krishnamachari, and others. yet colours do not quite categorise thenm properly. what categorises them is their cultural background.
In the future posts we would look at the various regions of India and the emerging artists from those areas.