An artists retrospective journey

first_imgDark and chaotic canvases with a thick coat of colour, often contrasted with right shades to paint mindscapes, heads and nudes, is typical of Vikash Kalra’s work.Titled ‘Decade’, a selection of sculptures by the self-taught artist will feature in the exhibition. A preview of the exhibition is slated on the opening day. But what makes the retrospective special and stand out from other similar events, is the fact that Kalra’s paintings will be available in limited edition digital prints, with the artist personally signing each copy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Art should not be restricted to a handful of the rich and wealthy. I want my work to reach out to the masses, which can be done only when you keep the price of the paintings within reasonable means of the common man,” says Kalra who is heavily inspired by progressive Indian artist F.N Souza.He expresses himself by painting his surroundings, and by what he has read and observed. He tries to bring to life important personal relationships.Among his more famous works is a drawing where he has used animal heads instead of human ones. He claims to have got inspiration for the work after reading a book titled, ‘Profile of a Criminal Mind’ by British author Brian Innes. The artist explains that there is a hidden animal in all of us and he has transposed the heads with animals and birds. “They remind him of the people he met in his journey,” says Kalra. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOver the years, Kalra has put together many of his drawings in collages that explain human behaviour. While some deal with mother-child relationship, others exude love, sensuality and eroticism. His body of work is diverse, and the exhibition has been named likewise. “It includes the work that I have pursued all these years,” he says. A book of poetry in Hindi – Jeevan Ek Soch Mat –will also be unveiled at the event. Also on the cards is a biography, which Kalra says, reveals unpleasant truths about many persons he came across in the course of his work.last_img

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