Chennai Art Exhibition brings together the works of 45 Indian artists

Value Beyond 2.0, featuring limited edition paintings, sculptures and screen prints, has something everyone can relate to

Value Beyond 2.0, featuring limited edition paintings, sculptures and screen prints, has something everyone can relate to

Shanti by SH Raza, a signed limited edition 40×40 inch screen print, is a collection of concentric circles in ivory. It unceremoniously draws the viewer in, yet imbues a sense of calm. Another of the legendary artist’s limited edition serigraphs is very different – an uplifting, brightly colored piece titled Rang Raas that features his signature geometric patterns. Both will be exhibited at Value Beyond 2.0, a group exhibition featuring the works of 45 Indian artists at Gallery Veda, Chennai from August 6 to September 12.

Nandi sculpture in brass and bronze by Ratan Saha

Nandi sculpture in brass and bronze by Ratan Saha | Photo credit: special arrangement

The exhibition includes paintings, installations and sculptures by established artists as well as emerging artists. Although varied in form and expression, the works have a common narrative of positivity. “We have been through such tumultuous times that we need something hopeful. All the works on display exude a sense of dynamism,” says Sapna Kar, one of the curators.

Acrylic on canvas titled Dancing Nandi by Vivek Kumawat

Acrylic on canvas titled Dancing Nandi by Vivek Kumawat | Photo credit: special arrangement

When Sapna and her co-curator Rajneeta Kewalramani put together the show, they looked at works they believed in and thought would resonate with viewers. Prices for works are “within reach” of the buyer (less than ₹2 lakh), though most up-and-coming artists showcasing their art are on an upward price trajectory, Sapna adds.

With over 80 works, the month-long exhibition plays freely with the energy of colors, symmetries and visual language. “We wanted viewers to have a dialogue with the works, something that communicates with them,” says Sapna.

Chennaiscape by Vatsya Padiya

Chennaiscape by Vatsya Padiya | Photo credit: special arrangement

Chennaiscape by artist Vatsya Padia, a laser and acrylic print on acid-free paper, which depicts a detailed aerial view of Chennai, while the Future World series by Bhopal-based artist Sonam Sikarwar includes nine works which depict a surreal marble-like sphere draped in sheer leaves and twig-like extensions. Narayan Lakshman’s sublime waterscapes appear simple on the surface, but are layered intricately as Narhari Bhawandla paints the richly dressed village women of Telangana. As for Kisalay Vora’s Brahmand, a work in acrylic and metal pins on canvas, it is a pragmatic approach to the idea of ​​the cosmos.

A previous edition of the show was held at Gallery Veda in 2018 and organizers plan to make it an annual event. “The idea behind the exhibition is to create a stock of art that is connected to people, to make it more universal… inclusive. For people to take back something that they can put on their walls,” explains Preeti Garg, owner of Gallery Veda.

A preview of Value Beyond 2.0 will take place on August 6 at 4 p.m. The show will continue until August 12 at Veda Gallery, Nungambakkam.