Creating art from elements of nature often has historical significance for artists of all fraternities. For example, visual artists have commonly used wood to express their creativity since time immemorial. In fact, in India, wood has attracted massive admiration from the British, who have chosen Indian wood to create arts, crafts and their furniture. Reviving an ancient art form by carving patterns on wood is the next art exhibition at Veda Gallery starting April 1.
Title Woodcuts, the exhibition features 30 works of art by the eminent Kolkata-based artist, Jogen Chowdhury, who is credited with bringing the art form to popularity around the world. He has been pursuing different art forms like painting, sculpture, printmaking, and lithography, among others, for more than five decades. Featuring the art of Kalighat Pattachitra at the next show in the city, Jogen’s work reflects the diversity of Indian culture through different faces – a king, women from many cultures and an abstract interpretation of a couple.
“This collection of his woodcuts has been painstakingly assembled over the past four years in the hope that it will further enrich the long history of Indian woodcuts,” says Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, the curator of the exhibition, explaining that the art form is very popular. among European artists who use this medium to execute extraordinary paintings.
Known as the oldest graphic technique in art history, woodcut has been widely used for book illustrations from antiquity. A huge influence of this medium was seen during the second half of the 19th century in Bengal, where studios of graphic artists were found in the Chitpur region of Kolkata. However, Jyotirmoy tells us that with advancements in technology, the use of these woodcuts has declined but continues to remain an art form. “When Indian artists were introduced to the art of woodblock printing, they used it to reinvent themselves.”
Until May 2. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.