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The mason who kept on sculpting

THE ASIAN AGE. | SEAN COLIN YOUNG
Published : Sep 18, 2019, 12:05 am IST
Updated : Sep 18, 2019, 12:05 am IST

Just recently, Neeraj Gupta presented his oil on wood sculpture at the The Beijing International Art Biennale.

The work uses simple elements, yet every element has a story to tell.
 The work uses simple elements, yet every element has a story to tell.

It is fair to say that sculpting is one of the most intricate art forms as it requires pristine precision. But sculpture presents its own challenges as it is one thing to create a piece and it is another thing to get recognised for it.

Most recently, Neeraj Gupta, president of Delhi Art Society, got a chance to represent India and Indian sculpting art at The Beijing International Art Biennale (BIAB). It is a Chinese biennale for International contemporary art. Neeraj’s work titled ‘From Here to Eternity’ is a depiction of humankind that is based on the theme of a ‘colourful world and a shared future’.

 

In a free-flowing chat with Neeraj, he reveals the inspiration behind the sculpture, saying, “It was inspired by the theme of the biennale. It takes colours from nature and is inspired by the beauty of it.” It is also interesting to note that he is one of the few artists who practice the carving technique in sculpting.

He then details the challenges he faced while creating this sculpture. One of the only two artists selected to represent India at the international forum, he elucidates that “The challenge was to decide how to present your own version of the theme, that will make an impact, create awareness and generate an interest in Indian art forms and aesthetics,”  he adds.

 

The work uses simple elements, yet every element has a story to tell. Speaking of the intricate details, he explains, “You have to convey your language in such a way that it doesn’t become complicated. Else, it may not make that impact.”

It can be said that the work has a subtle play of natural contours and personnel language. He elaborates, “I decided to adopt the colours that were available in nature and to make a language that creates an interest and a conversation with the viewer.”

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