Of what kind are these three artist? The kind that is united by their love for art. And these paintings show just how.
A group art exhibition titled ‘Confluence’ was recently presented by three artists — Deepali Roongta, Nivedita Pandey, and Shashi Tripathi — at the Lalit Kala Akademi in the national capital.
All three artists belong to different backgrounds, but their passion for art serves as the common thread. Their life experiences, individuality, and understanding of society and culture shape their creativity, and could be seen in their works.
Artist Roongta describes her paintings by saying, “I work with oil on canvas. My paintings combine realistic and abstract forms, mostly relating to still life objects with surreal backgrounds. My palette is varied, having colours that change based on inspiration and the images in my mind.”
The Golden Gateway is one of her paintings that was displayed at the exhibition. She has given deep meaning to a still life composition here. Speaking about it, she reveals, “As we are aware that humans are surrounded by so many problems all the time but are not able to get rid of them, there is a window behind the golden curtain where you can get rid of all your problems. It’s a gateway towards happiness!”
Artist Pandey also paints oil on canvas. She has experimented with materials such as threads and sticks in some of her works. In one of her paintings, she has created a safety net with thread, while in another she has created a rope ladder with thread and sticks.
Describing one of her paintings, Nostalgia II, the artist reveals, “The painting deals with nostalgia. The house around which the painting revolves, is the huge farmhouse that my grandfather owned in a village where he cultivated agricultural fields and where I spent winter/summer vacations in my childhood and growing up years.”
To keep creating is the one of the most challenging things for Pandey. “When I am working on one composition, sometimes I wonder what would come next. For days and months together nothing satisfying happens and I even start questioning my creative senses. At other times I have a clear picture of what I want to do, but certain commitments and difficulties keep me away from bringing the picture on canvas. So to keep working becomes a challenge in itself. But patience is the only key to success and I have a lot of it,” she says, on a concluding note.