A child artist at the camp in Ranchi on Sunday. (Hardeep Singh)
It was called The Wide Canvas and true enough there was space for all — established and budding painters.
The three-day art camp hosted by Union Club and Library, Ranchi, jointly with Indian Institute of Creative Art and Painting, ended on club premises on Sunday.
Fourteen well-known artists of Jharkhand used brushes and acrylic to paint their imagination. But organisers also used the event to exhibit paintings by students who take lessons at the club. A sit-and-draw contest was hosted at the art camp on Sunday morning where over 300 children took part.
“Though we expected more people at the camp during the first two days, we were overwhelmed by the response of children this morning,” club vice-president Subir Lahiri said, referring to the mix of experience and innocence.
But even though Ranchi has yet to wake up to serious art, visitors who strolled in liked what they saw. “Don’t follow modern art, but I liked some paintings and colour schemes,” visitor Arun Paul said.
Exhibits of mature painters were a delight.
In a departure from his signature style, Haren Thakur didn’t paint an abstract mixed media collage on his favourite Nepali rice paper. He painted a villager sleeping on a cot under a tree, simple yet appealing.
Rural Jharkhand also attracted others. Dinesh Singh and Ramanuj Shekhar chose to paint local landscapes. Praveen Karmakar painted a group of three tribal girls arrested in brisk motion of dance.
The influence of rock and wall paintings on Dhruv Shrivastawa’s modernist canvas was palpable. Sapna Das painted a village woman and embellished her frame with folk and Madhubani-like motifs.
Rajiv Pathak used a soothing colour palette to portray a dream sequence involving nature and an imaginary bird. Manoj Kumar Sinha’s canvas had contemporary motifs.
Vinod Ranjan painted a metaphor of miniature humans in clutches of hands that depicted the helplessness of the masses.
Himadri Ramani painted in black and white a flower vase containing a human figure against a metallic bronze backdrop. “I depicted the fluidity of human nature,” he said.
Young artist Zakir Shah paid a portrait tribute to sitar legend Ravi Shankar.