Gurgaon: Seven upcoming artists with varied styles of art have been selected by art connoisseur Pragati Agarwal to be showcased in a year long special exhibition featuring one artist every month.
The promotion is the second by Agarwal who had previously showcased 12 artists in a similar show.The current showcase is being held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel here and will go on for six months.
"We decided to put it up in a hotel because besides the people who especially come here for exhibition, there are others who come to dine. So featuring paintings at public places enhances the chances of selling," says Agarwal.
The exhibition includes sculptures and portraits capturing a woman's emotions, an insight into rural India, discovering peace through Buddha, European style of art and wildlife photography as well. Rekha, who mainly paints with oil and acrylic on canvas, completed her bachelors and masters in painting after her first child. The artist has displayed her paintings of Buddha and Krishna because she says that it gives her peace.
"Coming from a Jat family, it was not easy for me to take up art professionally but I did my bachelors in painting after my first baby. My husband has been very supportive. Pragati saw my work at my husband's office and invited me to join the exhibition," says Rekha.
Debashish Dutta, vice president at a bank, took up wildlife photography as a passion and read extensively on wildlife to study the behavior of animals.
"To get more detailing in my work, I have read a lot on wildlife and watched many documentaries as well. I am fascinated by tigers but my photo does not include that only. I am just mesmerised by the word jungle; the chirping of birds, the greenery and fresh air," says Dutta.
Dutta says parents should take their children to a jungle during vacations. He recalled an incident on how tigers show respect to tigresses in the jungle.
"I went to Maharashtra for wildlife photography, there I spent time clicking tigers and examined their behavioral pattern. I noticed that when a group of tigresses were bathing, no tiger was around. When it can happen there, then why not in the human world,"says Dutta.