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‘Still and Life’
Artists perceive nature in a variety of forms, and can express in different ways. Art can embody perception, imagination and wisdom that the artists draw from nature and how people interact with nature. Such is the pursuit of artist couple Devdatta and Rakhee Adrakar who will be exhibiting their artistic quest at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai from 29th March to 4th April, 2017.
Rakhee’s body of work is distinguished by her thoughtful expression and independence from artistic convention. She engages with her surroundings at a deeper level, brining out subtle nuances and delicate forms on her canvas. Hailing from Sindhudurg, Rakhee was moved by the plight of fishermen who are troubled by the purse seines nets that have small mesh sizes and are huge in size and can be spread over a three-kilometre radius to catch fishes in large quantities. This also creates a major ecological imbalance as even fishes that are breeding are caught. Rakhee touches upon these issues through sensitive yet intricate rendering of the subject. These paintings are also intensely personal where in they depict the artists internal struggles and self – discoveries.
On the other hand, Devdatta, injects a new way of looking at the ordinary objects around us. He places the mundane into a specific arrangement, capturing them on canvas to take on a whole new meaning. His everyday objects assume a life beyond the ordinary recording their existence in time. The muted colors and simplicity of forms, the play of light and shadow and the elegant composition hint at a certain message that the artists is trying to depict. The half empty bottles, a vessel, the glass left behind by a visitor or the still burning smoke of the cigarette, each artwork narrates a scene and invites the viewer to delve further in the captive works. Transverse the banal these works also express the artists personal as well as allegorical explorations.