Gallery Beyond in Mumbai is currently hosting a show by young contemporary Indian artists, many of whom are showing their works for the first time, along with works by established artists such as Abir Karmakar and Suneel Mamadapur.
“The works showcased are in the figurative (i.e. non-abstract) contemporary genre and the artists are from all over India,” says Vibhuraj Kapoor, owner of Gallery Beyond. “There are one or two works on display by each artist. The idea is to introduce them and also give the artist a chance to gauge the public response to their creations.”
The show is titled “Making a Lasting Impression Group Show” and the idea behind it according to Kapoor is to promote new talent. Among the young artists showing are Chand Vaze, Rudragaud Indi, Rupande and Ratna Gupta.
Kapoor feels that a lot of established artists tend to work with the same old themes, styles and techniques; for him the real excitement lies in seeing what the younger artists are doing and what new trends are evolving in the art scene. “We need to look beyond the same two dozen artists who are hot and hyped up, and focus on the second and third line artists who will mature 5-10 years from now,” he says.
While new talent is not ignored in India, says Kapoor, it often gets attention for the wrong reasons—those who sell are the ones whose works are similar in style and technique to that of established artists who command big money. “Photo realism, for instance,” he says. “It is hot right now and there is a lot of demand.”
Those who come to Gallery Beyond, says Kapoor, tend to be those who don’t chase names when buying a painting or any piece of art, and decide based on whether they like the image they see. “We have introduced artists in our gallery who have gone on to become quite successful, such as Prajakta Pallav, Chandra Bhattacharjee and Uday Mondal,” he says.
His advice to those interested in art is to “keep looking and fall in love with what you like.”
Making a Lasting Impression Group Show
Prices range from: Rs35,000 to Rs5lakh
23 June to 12 July, at Gallery Beyond, 1st Floor, Great Western Building, Shahid Bhagat Singh Road, Near Lions Gate, Fort, Mumbai. (Sunday closed)