There are very few mediums of art, aside from charcoal, that can perfectly encapsulate the overcast, dark-omen-like monsoon skies, and evoke emotions ranging from nostalgia to doom and even hope.
Monsoon in Mumbai — Gateway of India, charcoal on paper
You can witness the magic of charcoal art at Tardeo’s India Fine Art gallery, which is exhibiting Charcoal Works, a show featuring some of the most acclaimed paintings by Ajay De.
Mother Teresa with Ganesha, charcoal acrylic on paper
The artworks (some of which have slight traces of colour) bring to life the chaotic streets of Kolkata, the sweat and toil of hand-rickshaw pullers, the beauty of rain-swept monuments across Mumbai, and capture the essence of iconic figures like Mother Teresa and Lord Buddha.
De’s art has been influenced by the stark black and white Japanese paintings as well as Japanese calligraphy. The Kolkata-born artist, who presently resides in Mumbai, is an alumnus of the Sir JJ School of Art.
Till: October 14, 11 am to 7 pm
At: India Fine Art, Film Centre Building, Tardeo Road.