Most studies on Indian art will focus more on Religious art, with figures such as:
This is art made by commissioned guilds or organizations from old Indian historic periods such as:
Mathura or Gandhara
-This may present us with some Historical facts, but what do we really know about Indian art and artists as they are today?
One artist example that I found (www.ajayde.com): Ajay De
born in 1967, grew up in a small suburb in Kolkata
– his first inspiration was a poem he heard playing on the radio, by Rabindranath Tagore or Gurudev, another famous Artist (Poet) from his country
Ajay De then went on and studied at the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Kolkata,
and his post-graduation from Sir JJ School of Art, at Mumbai.
Exhibitions . . .
His famous for his charcoal pieces
His solo exhibitions have been held at various prominent art galleries in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Tokyo.
New York, Dubai, Mumbai, and New Delhi.
Expressions for the Devine:
The first piece I saw from him was the drawing of Ganesh
Ganesh still holds his symbols (rat on scene also)
A new way of thinking about Indian art and artists.
The New Inspiration, his favorite subject: Mother Theresa
But what is more interesting is how he views his art . . .
“All my paintings reflect the complexities and troubles that besiege modern day society. They are not deliberate efforts. They flow from within. I feel that art offers solutions to all problems in life, and my work offers a direction to these solutions,”
His work still carries the resemblance of the kind of art that we mostly associate with India, but there’s an new element to his work, a social commentary.
Art becomes a too for commentaries about Class issues, brings attention to the conditions of lower class folks.
This is an old form of transportation that was once used by the elite but still in being used today. Workers are from struggling, lower class folks.
Studying the human conditions . . .
Just by observing and drawing art becomes a way of seeing or becoming aware of the social conditions of others
The Possible Project: What can an art teacher do for a project?
In the Chi? The porject in mind “My Kind of town, Chicago” . . . students can do a series of studies of various areas of the city . . . following the L-train routes from North to South and East to West:
To answer the questions: Who’s here?
How they got there?
I really wanted to do this lesson this semester, but because of time constraints I will have to make it wait for another time.