Tracing life through art

Published: 31 October, 2011 10:31 IST | Akshata Shetty |

Mukta Kamplikar's solo exhibition in the city gives you a new perspective on faces and landscapes

Mukta Kamplikar's solo exhibition in the city gives you a new perspective on faces and landscapes

"To me life is about creation, it is about a positive extension of one's mind," reads Dr Mukta Kamplikar's note about her exhibition. A strategy professional with a multinational company and an artist by hobby, Mukta paints her thoughts on canvas when she is not dealing with work. Her second exhibition in the city, titled Traces Faces Lives Spaces is on at the Darpan Art Gallery.

Mukta has around 43 paintings featuring landscapes and portraits. Not an unusual topic for many, but after we browsed through her artworks we realised that her art is unique in its own way. The exhibition portrays Mukta's passion for art and love for life in all its colours, shades, textures and symphonies.

Paintings by Mukta Kamplikar

She loves to live in the moment and, hence, calls herself a spontaneous artist. "The reason why I use acrylic is because I am a spontaneous artist and love finishing my work in one shot. I don't stop while painting, and hence don't use oil. As my mood changes, I change everything and it just turns out to be something different. The minimum time I've taken to create a painting has been 15 minutes and maximum would be about three hours," she expresses.

Like every artist, Mukta's surroundings intrigue her. She loves to let her audience read through her art. For instance, the painting titled The Innocent Boy in the faces category looks simple, but when you look at it, it makes you want to know what that boy is thinking. "I travel a lot because of my job, and tend to capture a lot of things on the move. I have this habit of observing people very carefully. And when I do remember the moments I experienced or observed, I recreate them and give my perspective to it," she shares.

"Each of her paintings are intriguing and mysterious. When I travel I picture things differently. If you notice, my landscapes are not realistic. But, when you create them as an artwork, they look good. I understand the context and bring in my own style to the picture,"
she adds.
This is also the first time that she has included textures in her paintings. She has used nails, ends of brushes, tin plates and much more to give each painting a different feel and look.

Till November 1
At Darpan Art Gallery, off Senapati Bapat Road.

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