Japanese art scholar, Kojiro Tomita observed: “It has been said that art is a tryst, for in the joy of it maker and beholder meet.” On Doodle Day, here is catching up with five of the most popular illustrators and cartoonists who concur that a sense of humour is most definitely a part of their art. Each one of them has made a mark with their respective creations and won widespread accolades in society.
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Seeing artist Kimberly Brooks’ latest work has triggered memories of artist Irene. Brooks’s solo exhibition I Notice People Disappear, currently on view at ArtHouse429 in West Palm Beach, Florida, shows a beautiful evolution from her previous paintings; she has a looser style that demonstrates a confidence in taking chances. Brooks images are like meditations on memory and dialogues with the past.
Art patron and philanthropist, Sangita Jindal, has been at the helm of a series of programs that have sought to promote art, culture, and heritage. A member of the board of trustees of the New York-based World Monuments Fund, and publisher of Art India, Jindal has been an avid art collector, and as chairperson of the JSW foundation, has spearheaded numerous corporate social responsibility initiatives, which have been widely appreciated.
It takes a while to put together the letters and make sense of the phrase: ‘Fuck off, Brother’. Printed in reverse in Pallav Chander’s oil-on-canvas work Biological Knot, the phrase is a demonstration of the only way the artist can read—he sees words as their mirror image. Chander was diagnosed with dyslexia in 1999, and remembers feeling ‘hated’ for it in school.
You could see almost all visitors of Hauptbahnhof Kassel do a double take when confronted with Kudzanai Chiurai’s contribution to dOCUMENTA(13). Is it a photograph or just motion? No, yes, no, there’s definitely something stirring, very much slowed down but alive it is. It is a strange predicamamet that the senses meander through. And then the quaintness of what is being shown kicks in.
“I often wear multiple hats at any given point,” says the Director of Khoj, India’s premiere not-for-profit arts initiative Pooja Sud. “I didn’t start with the arts. I have a degree in mathematics and followed it up with an MBA. Post marriage and two kids I went back to university and got an MA in art history for fun, because I enjoyed the arts,” she says.
“That who is stationary cannot be creative.” His words pretty much sum up the man who defies “categorization”, the legendary Satish Gujral—painter, sculptor, muralist, architect, graphic and interior designer. Sitting at his Delhi residence with his wife Kiran, Gujral, 88, ruminates about the past, the role of Partition in his work, his great admiration for experimentation and his exhibition at the India Art Fair.
Vivan Sundaram is well known for creating works that make the viewer stand up and take notice. They are indeed delightful food for thought as well as the senses. The veteran artist has created many a wonder and his recent exhibition ‘Post-Mortem: Gagawaka, sequel to the highly acclaimed Gagawaka, at Vadehra Art Gallery, is worth its while. Here is a wonderful up, close and personal with the great artist.
A smiling mother and solemn child at a West Bank refugee camp. Soldiers standing at attention in Jerusalem. A bespectacled old couple sitting cross-legged on a frayed mat in George Town, Chennai. Over the past 30 years, Eric Azoux, a former director of Alliance Francaise in Chennai, has collected intriguing pictures taken by photographers from all over the world.
The photographs taken by internationally acclaimed German photographer Andreas Rost don’t tell happy stories; they are not good for the family album. He categorically says so. Sitting down after an exhausting workshop at Pepper House cafe in Fort Kochi, he discloses that strangely his camera’s current focus has been the happy world of his eight-year-old lovely daughter, Hanayo.