Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director of OJAS Art presents Satrangi: An Exhibition of Bheel Tribal Art by OJAS ART Awardees 2017
Master artist Lado Bai, known for creating visually scintillating art works and Protégé artist Subhash Amaliyar along with three other artists of the Tribal Bheel community will be exhibiting their artworks in a special exhibition titled, Satrangi where they bring alive folklore, mythology, daily anecdotes and more. The exhibition brought forth by Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director of Ojas Art, will be held at Ojas Art at 1AQ, Mehrauli from , August 31 to September 24, 2017.
The participating artists are expert of their field having won the third edition of the prestigious Ojas Art Award and exhibited their art works at the prestigious Jaipur Literature Festival 2017. The award co-organised between Teamwork Arts, producer of the Jaipur Literature Festival, and Delhi-based art organization OJAS Art. In 2017 the award focused on excellence in Bheel Art and the awards were presented by Sean Anderson, Associate Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design MOMA, New York, in a glittering ceremony that had nearly 2,000 people in attendance.
Sanjoy K. Roy, Managing Director of Teamwork Arts and Producer, Jaipur Literature Festival said, “We have a proud tradition of celebrating excellence in creative expression which is exemplified by the OJAS Art Award. The Bheel artworks exhibited at the festival were received very well by thousands of visitors and we plan to showcase these extraordinary works of art in India and overseas.”
Speaking about the exhibition, Anubhav Nath, Curatorial Director of OJAS Art, says, “The art community has been very supportive of the OJAS Art Award. Over the coming years, we aim to evolve as the premier award in the tribal and traditional art space. As a step forward we will be displaying selected works at the upcoming JLF Boulder, Colorado, USA, which I think is a huge step in taking our culturally rich art, forward.”
Lado Bai is a Bhil artist and belongs to the pioneering early group of artists of this genre. She works as an artist at the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy. With the encouragement and support of the Indian modernist Jagdish Swaminathan she has developed a contemporary language of traditional art form. Nature is the predominant theme of her works. Her art reflects the spirituality and animism of her community. The main motif of her works is the animal kingdom and Bhil rituals and festivals. Each of her artworks demonstrates a episode of a larger story from the folklore.
Subhas Amaliyar, one of the protégé artists, has been painting for the last few years. In the field of art his mother, Gangu Bai, one of the eminent Bhil artists, is his great inspiration. He works in IGRMS, Bhopal. Nature is the prime resource of his painting but in anomalous form. Animals and birds are the important elements of his paintings. Apart from this he also works on the themes of gatlas, gad bapsi and gal bapsi which depict the idiosyncratic rituals of Bhil community. The book Visit the Bhil Carnival, published by Tara Books is based on Subhash Amaliyar’s artwork on Bhil carnival of Bhagoria.