| Birendra Nath Bariar launches his website, paintingkharido.com, for art enthusiasts in Patna on Wednesday. Picture by Ashok Sinha |
Art connoisseurs in the city would now be able to browse, choose and buy paintings from the comfort of their homes by logging on to paintingkharido.com.
The online art store is an initiative by 49-year-old Birendra Nath Bariar, a city-based artist.
After launching the site on Wednesday, Bariar said this was the first such project in the state. Oil paintings at the online store range between Rs 20,000 and Rs 25,000.
Dr Diwakar Tejaswi inaugurated the store on Wednesday.
On what inspired him to come up with such an initiative, Bariar, an amateur painter, said: “Online painting stores are in vogue in metro cities. I thought Patna lacks the same. So I decided to take an initiative. It was a long cherished dream to start an online painting store but because of my engagements, I was not able to do so. I am happy my dream has materialised,” said Bariar.
Bariar, who is a journalist by profession and works for a Delhi-based magazine, added: “Art connoisseurs of the city would benefit from this online painting shop. Buying an artwork takes a lot of time, as one has to observe minutely and then think about whether or not the work would suit his personality, his home interior or others. Now that the city has an online store, there is no need to visit a store or a gallery. They can buy it from home at the click of a mouse.”
Shyam Sharma, a chartered account, who visited Baria’s art gallery on Wednesday, was all praise for the amateur artist and his initiative.
“I am happy that Bariar has started an online painting store. Art lovers like me now need not step out of home if they want to buy a painting. They can buy the creations online, which is good,” Sharma said.
Apart from promoting his oil paintings, Bariar has also decided to market the products of artists who make traditional handicraft items.
Bariar said: “I want to promote and market the traditional artworks of Bihar and Jharkhand through my website. I have decided to visit various places like Bhagalpur, Nalanda and other places to promote and market their handmade products. An online store would definitely help promote and market their products in a big way. This initiative is required as many artists associated with traditional art forms don’t know how to market their products.”
In 2011, Bariar opened a small art gallery at Ashiana Tower on Exhibition Road.
“The gallery is very small in size but right from the beginning we have promoted budding artists. I started my gallery in 2011. Initially, the gallery used to have my paintings on display but later I also gave the opportunity to young painters to showcase their artworks and promote their artwork. Many budding artists have displayed their creations in the gallery and I feel proud of it. I didn’t take a single penny from them for providing the venue,” said Bariar.
He added: “My gallery is small and cannot house a lot of artwork but this is just the beginning. I am looking forward to shifting to a bigger campus.”