New art hub focuses on emerging art from India, subcontinent.

Monday, Apr 11, 2016,13:40 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | An incubator to mentor and nurture emerging artists to reach their potential besides acting as a one stop point for all matters related to new art is what the ‘Egg Art Studio’, which opened here recently, promises to be.

When you come to a gallery like ours you will get different visions and different ideas of what art is because it has been picked up on a certain evaluated value, says Amrita Verma who co-founded the new art space in the heart of the city with Tavleen Akoi Gill.

The duo is enthusiastic about the new space where the plan is to display art from emerging artists from across India and the subcontinent besides hosting a series of talks, workshops and interactive art projects. Its inaugural exhibition titled Genesis-The Veil is divided into two sections — art from Maldives apart from a host of artists from India and the subcontinent.

Akoi-Gill who has a great grand aunt in Amrita Sher-Gil, has seen first hand some historic art. Amrita was my father’s older cousin. She was such a courageous woman and has always been an inspiration to me. I wanted to have a space in the city where anybody can come in and explore art, says Akoi-Gill.

The inauguration of the 5000 square foot basement studio saw a live painting by Tibetan artist Tashi Norbu. Often Tibetan art is associated with traditional tantric art but Norbu uses bright colours and presents a very cutting edge contemporary touch to it, says Varma.

Varma who has a background as an arts advisor, critic and writer, besides being a director of an art advisory evaluation of art works is paramount for both the artist and the buyer. Not everybody who calls himself an artist is capable of producing good art. And just because it is emerging does not mean the art can be anything and everything. Unfortunately there are not many evaluators in the country.

For buyers of art it is important that the artworks are properly evaluated. This helps in building a track record strong for the artists, says Varma. Both Varma and Akoi-Gill have long term plans for their studio gallery, which they believe will grow into a brand and along with it foster the credibility of the artists.