Mumbaikars get to see art made from scratch

Bandra’s Carter Road was buzzing with activity in a one-of-a-kind painting exhibition, where 15 artists from all over India came together to paint and sculpt live against the background of the setting sun at the promenade. Spread over three days, the third edition of Art by The Sea drew crowds who came to watch the artists creating art works. Participating artists included Dhyan Passika, Gajanan Kabade, Gautam Mukherjee, Gopal Pardesh, H R Das, Madan Pawar, Prof Madhukar Munde, Minal Rajurkar, Rajendra Patil, Satish Wavare, Shailesh Patne, Swati Sabale, Tai Borate, Varun Kapoor and Vipta Kapadia, who were busy creating art in line with the theme — ‘Childlike Innocence’.Bridging the gap between artists and viewers
While the artists are used to staying in art camps to create art, this was a new experience for them as people were walking in even as they were creating their art work. That was the intention, says Shraddha Puranye who curated the event. “The plan was to get art closer to people in an informal environment so that they can view art being created from scratch while also having a conversation with the artist. It is interesting for the viewer to know the thought process of the artist as they create their art work while for the artist, the interaction helps them to know what viewers want. We have a mix bag of artists, including senior artists, who have been in the profession for 40 years to someone who has just passed out this year. So, it’s the coming together of the young and the old generation. There is an artist making sculptures from scratch and another artist making a collage from clothes while another artist is making art from cello tape.”
The purpose was achieved as you could see adults as well as kids taking an active interest in the making of the art works. They had queries and could address these to the artists who were eager to share their knowledge. The senior most artist at the event, Vipta Kapadia had little children coming to tell her how much they liked her work. She said, “People are walking in and taking interest, even small children are appreciating and telling me what they felt about my work. That was the purpose of painting live — so that people could come and see, and discuss art.”
The sea in the background worked wonders for creativity
The sea was a source of inspiration for the artists, who said it helped them feel close to nature and enhanced their creativity. Dhyan Passika, who came from Himachal Pradesh, found a connect with nature through the sea just like he found a connect with the mountains. “I create spiritual paintings mainly on Buddha and his journey. In Dharamshala, I experience pin-drop silence until morning when you can see the mountains and here, I feel the sound and vibration of the sea and the waves. The sound does not bother me because just how we need Buddha’s silence in our lives, we also need the cheerfulness of Lord Krishna to celebrate life. Hence, I’m not disturbed by people since they are part of nature. The only vibration I’m getting is from the sea and those are very positive vibes,” he said.
Variety of art work on display
Amongst the paintings, there was a sculpture and textile collage, which were being made from waste material. The youngest artist at the event, Tai Borate was making a collage of Mahatma Gandhi and his charkha using cloth material. “I do paintings too but this time I decided to do a textile collage. While people are appreciating that I was making something from extra cloth, which would have otherwise become waste material, the senior artists appreciated my effort and gave me tips on how to improve my work.”
Yet another artist who was using waste material was sculptor Shailesh Patne, who said, “I used metal from scrap material to make a lotus symbolising purity and the eyes which are supposed to be the medium to gain knowledge. The idea was to show how to gain pure knowledge. People were curious to know what I was making and were impressed that I was making something out of waste.”