New Promise In Abstract Forms

Updated: Jan 26 2003, 05:30am hrs
In India, which already has a powerful abstract tradition of symbolic art, on the one hand, with artists like Sohan Qadri, S H Raza, Biren De and G R Santosh representing it, as well as abstract landscape painting of a high standard by artists like Akbar Padamsee and Ram Kumar, genuinely non-representational art is rare, though in this field, too, we have artists such as V S Gaitonde, Nasreen Mohammadi, Shobha Broota, Rajinder Dhawan, Prabhakar Kolte, Satish Panchal, Gopi Gajwani and Laxman Sreshta. Among younger artists, the works of Anil Revri, Vineet Kumar and Nupur Kundus latest exhibition at the India Habitat Centre and Art Alive gallery (till January 31) serve to remind us that this genre of art is very much alive and well, and has a future.

Nupurs latest work shows promise as she is able to blend the qualities of form and colour, so important in the work of Gaitonde, with the force of the texture characteristic of Kolte and Sreshta. Her skill in composing small and large canvases with equal facility shows her as an artist who, if she pursues this vocation faithfully, as all the other abstract artists mentioned above have done, will definitely be a torch-bearer of an art where the artist sets out to create what has never been created before.

This is not as easy as it sounds. But in her present exhibition, one observes a definite capacity in this artist to steer clear of both abstract landscape and symbolism and yet evoke forms and feelings that ricochet between ones eye and her canvases. Her art suits times where the conventions of the past have disintegrated and those of the future are yet to emerge.