Brother and Sister Duo Manisha & Rahul Kumar presents “Parallel Intersection” a show of Paintings and Ceramics at Cymroza Art Gallery from 17thOctober to 9th November
Brother and Sister duo Manisha and Rahul Kumar to exhibit “Parallel Intersection” a unique show on paintings and ceramics in support of Genesis Foundation to help save lives of critically ill children at Cymroza Art Gallery, 72 Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai from October 17th October to 9th November 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Sunday. A preview of “Parallel Intersection” is being held at Cymroza Art Gallery on Thursday 17th October from 6.30 p.m.
Aman Nath wrote - “A brother and sister, raised within the fold of a similar Indo-western liberal education grow up to join the corporate world of their globalizing society. But art haloes their existence. The sister paints despite litigating against the clock, and the brother spins in his mind even as he walks the corporate path. In this show “Parallel Intersections” they stop and share the crossroads of their arrival in a public space. The parallels turn their angles and meet”.
Parallel-intersections brought together the art of both the artists. Different media and varied sensibilities, yet siblings who grew up together; separate professional careers, along with a passion for artistic expression; paintings motivated from nature bringing together the delicate balance of man and nature using bold form of expression, ceramic art that deals with the play of opposite energies.
“It's a great thing to be showing our work together,” says Rahul, stressing the fact that growing up together in a family that encouraged both their talents, he and his sister found complete freedom to pursue their dreams. “The only condition was we had to have a good formal education. After that, if we wanted to leave everything and become an artist, it was okay,” adds Manisha. Both of them believe that pursuing their art along with having another, more mainstream career that ensures they are financially independent, is even more liberating. “There is no added pressure of following a trend, painting what sells or trying to cater to public demands. I have complete freedom to paint just what I want and find artistically stimulating,” says Manisha.
Rahul, who is Master of Arts with concentration in Ceramics from the University of Dallas, Texas and an MBA from the Institute of Management Technology, is the director for a business support team for an American consulting firm, but he is also a ceramic and clay artist working with clay for over 17years. In this show he is working with opposing energies, experimenting with the basic form of the pot. He has taken the strict, structured circular form and introduced his own, organic touches to it. “I alter these pots, punching them, hitting them, smashing them, literally anything that makes them more real, less rigid. But there is always a reason for this shift in pattern. The asymmetry that I introduce in my work makes my work more human, more organic,” says Rahul.
Manisha who is a qualified solicitor, admitted as advocate at the Bar Council of Maharashtra & Goa and is a Partner at a leading national law firm, did her basics in Painting at Triveni Kala Sangam, Delhi and is a self taught artist. Her paintings are huge acrylic-on-canvas works, colourful and vibrant. “My inspirations are trees. I paint portions of trees, capturing their form but using bright, unlikely colours to bring them alive on canvas. “I've grown up in Delhi, and till I moved to Mumbai, missed the green surroundings of my growing years. Each canvas is an attempt to capture the beauty, significance and contribution of trees to our lives. Art intersects life and they find expression on these very canvases. My work is full of layers and textures” - say Manisha.
For the past 42 years Cymroza Art Gallery has provided a platform to artists to exhibit their artworks, be it paintings, photography, sculptures, prints or ceramics. This is the second of the four shows as Cymroza enters its 40th year celebration.
For More Information please contact Cymroza Art Gallery, Tel: 2367 1983Venue: Cymroza Art Gallery, 72 Bhulabhai Desai Road, and Mumbai 400 026.
On view from 17th October to 9th November, 2013 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. except Sundays and November 4th and 5th).