Maite Delteil, Tree of Life, Graphite on Paper, 12.5 '' x 9.5''

The Secret Sea – Drawings from the 70s
Maite Delteil

Date: 27 November – 29 December 2018

Art Musings opens its next exhibition featuring rare graphite drawings from the 70s by esteemed French artist Maïté Delteil. Delteil’s attentiveness to detail is a form of devotion: her drawings are songs of praise, in which she exalts the beauty of things even as they pass into decay and dissolution, as creatures of time. She brings together nature and artifice, creating a sense of balance and restraint which marks her drawings. In Maite’s work, keenly-rendered birds congregate about round trees of fruits and flowers. This is a world where plant and birdlife are put in focus, and where the supplementary takes center stage. Delteil’s delicate, highly detailed drawings convey into being the roundedness of cherries, the heavy pile of snow, the variegation of the plumage of hoopoes and finches, the particular serration and generic density of foliage. Also on display is a rare suite of drawings which the artist had executed for a book ‘Louis XIII enfant’ by Michele Lochak that was published by Magnard in France in the early 80s.

KS Radhakrishnan, A Spiraling Recall, Bronze, 26'' x 20'' x 16'', 2018

The Song of Small Things
KS Radhakrishnan

Art Musings is presenting a solo exhibition The Song of Small Things, featuring one of India’s most prominent sculptors KS Radhakrishnan at Jehangir Art Gallery. Radhakrishnan is recognized as one of the most significant figures of contemporary Indian art. The bronze works featured in this exhibition do not abandon themselves to any particular mind-set and yet they are mindful, like breathing subconsciously in peopled space. The characters of the compositions are undefined but nimble in their human movement and strung together in their common spirit of joy. Stemming from bases made of things that were used everyday a long time ago, these sculptures grow like feelings, touching off sentiments that we all want to re-visit. Each twist, each bend, and each formation is a story in itself, abounding in sheer exuberance. The creator did not have a blueprint for these works. He shaped them with the blues of childhood that kept invading his senses every time he set out to build on memories. The child in him has truly shown the way. One thing is evident from his works – childhood has no history because childhood itself is part of every human’s history.

Jayasri, Burman, Saraswati, Watercolour, Pen & Ink Paper, 48'' x 48'', 2006

Anjolie Ela Menon, Jayasri Burman, Maya Burman

Art Musings is presenting a group exhibition featuring acclaimed artists Anjolie Ela Menon, Jayasri Burman and Maya Burman. Anjolie Ela Menon’s works are from her Divine Mother series. Through the mastery of her technique, Menon creates images that come alive but continue to exist in an existential time-warp.  Menon’s paintings capture all the nuances and magic of motherhood. Menon’s protagonists are mythological figures as well as the ordinary people whom she portrays in her unique style. Her work is well known for the translucent textures which she creates by using thin glazes on Masonite.  Jayasri Burman’s art, derived from the rich tradition of Hindu mythology, has carved out its own identity. The imagery in Jayasri Burman’s work has a dream-like and lyrical quality. Inspired by Indian folk element, the works have a unique sensitivity. Her deep-rooted understanding of Indian mythology, Bengali culture and tradition does not escape her artworks. In her paintings one sees the careful repetition of the surface, unwavering and exquisite, with layers of cross-hatching darkening her skies and the textures of fabrics adorning her characters. Maya Burman’s series of circular watercolour paintings are peopled, made up of characters that live in mythology and metaphor. Her figures float through fields, their bodies curving with the shapes of the landscape. Patterns weave and float around the central forms evoking a sense of exuberance and joie de vivre.  Maya creates a dreamlike fairyland in her paintings. The striking thing about Maya’s paintings is the amount of detail in them. Burman’s paintings have a tapestry like effect where everything is subordinate to floral, decorative patterning, reminiscent of the French art nouveau tradition.