Abstract landscapes by Indian artist showcased at US gallery

Thursday, Mar 31, 2016,13:03 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Indian art has been a talking point across the globe for ages and contemporary Indian artists are keeping the flag flying by unleashing loads of creativity on their canvases.  One such Indian artist to join the ranks is Meena Kamal whose expressionism in abstract landscapes have been described by art critics as a new genre. I am inspired by my aerial photography during my travels. My landscapes are an evolution for hope and progress in this era of catastrophic environmental changes,socio-political, geographical and economic turmoil in our world, says Kamal.

The artist has participated in exhibitions in Berlin, Paris, New York, Berkeley, Basel (Switzerland) and San Francisco. Annette Schutz and James Bacchi, owners of ArtHaus, a famed gallery in San Francisco, US, who exhibited her recent works say, There is a seductive quality to her work that gently leads the viewer into a meditative state of bliss. That in itself is quite something. Bacchi and Schutz say there is newness in Kamal’s approach to the abstract landscape genre. Her aerial perspective of the landscape, use of colour, texture and exquisite composition lulls the viewer into a place of calm and curious exploration.

Kamal’s recent exhibition of artworks in oil on linen and canvas titled ‘Out of the Blue’ began at ArtHaus in January this year and went on till the end of March. Kamal emphasises that her landscapes have elements that are predominantly Indian and juxtaposed with American, European, Middle Eastern and Asian references throughout by way of location, colour palette, composition, patterns and tactile texture.

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