Changing face of contemporary art: 15 artists conduct national printmaking workshop in Bengaluru

Fifteen artists from across India conducted an open-for-all workshop on various aspects of printmaking in Bengaluru this week. Organised by the RMZ Foundation, the workshop explored the techniques of etching, woodcut and new media prints, and participants and visitors could get an insight into how each artist works.

“The Indian art scene has been evolving at a rapid pace. Printmaking emphasises on the unique quality of the graphic aesthetic and its special place in the visual arts, making it an attractive option for young and aspiring artists,” said Anu Menda, managing director, RMZ Foundation. “Etching, woodcut and new media encompass an array of techniques and processes that can draw the attention of the comprehensive audience.”

The fifteen participating artists included Baiju Parthan, Manjunath Kamath and Vivek Vilasini for new media art; Champa Sharath and Ravikumar Kashi for wood cut art; GR Iranna, Jayakumar G, Kavita Nayar, Kavita Shah, Laxma Goud, Palaniappan RM, Sonal Varshneya, Tejendra Singh Baoni, Viraj Naik and Walter Emilio D’Souza.

Commenting on how print-making is not yet a very visible component of the Indian contemporary art scene, artist Baiju Parthan said, “National workshops of this stature provide the opportunity for sharing skill-sets and ideas among print-makers, as most of us work in relative isolation in our respective studios.”

Artist Champa Sharath, who has started painting after a seven year hiatus and has a solo exhibition in Bengaluru later this month, said that her woodcut painting creations at the workshop is themed around people, and how they co-exist and interact with each other.

Artist Jayakumar Reddy, who was part of the etching art workshop, said that even though Bengaluru’s art scene is quite active, it is yet to achieve a sense of direction and purpose. The industry here, he said, still has a lot to do in terms of questioning and finding answers.

The final creations of all artists were displayed in a public exhibition on May 10.


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