Beyond the Vistas…..
“When I see nature, I see a child in myself whose father held her hand and gently laid on wet grass with dew on them
The rivers were my play mate as I ran along telling each wave to stop
Sun was an enigma as it was never when I got up and saw it next
Moon was my bedtime mate when I was told he is my mother's brother
Light and dark played a musical roulette with me which I never won
Both were forever less
Then I grew up and messed with it
Colours of lights were camouflaged by the smog
Flowers and plants were creased with browns
Rivers stalled, Air stank
Sea threw garbage at beaches, Sun and moon looked lost
I bring to you to think
What colours can ever justify
What we kill everyday….”
Communicating with the world around her is the underlying theme of Sanjukta Arun’s creations. At one point her paintings bring to notice the environmental issues that concerns mankind, yet on the other hand, through these paintings the artist invokes memories and imaginations of the atmospheric nature that continue to inspire her, which she fears may be lost forever.
Sanjukta’s works inhabit the ambiguous line between abstraction and representation. Her paintings represent specific places and moments in time: the brief point during a sunrise when the sun fills the air with an ethereal golden glow; a break in a storm where light pierces through heavy clouds; or the sunsets sending celestial light down on the waters turning them into shimmering jewels. Although the scenes are real, but they highlight the rare moments of particular beauty, they tread a fine line between the real and the otherworldly.
When Sanjukta envisions a new painting, she focuses on points of shifting light and atmosphere as reflected in the water bodies. The interplay of atmospheric forces that make the water arrestingly beautiful—moving light, air, clouds—envelop the artist’s mind and becomes part of a visual drama that the artist translates on the canvas.
The climatic changes, the declining ecosystem as well as the damage to our landscapes have constantly tormented the artist. Aiming to inspire humanity to return to nature, the artist creates images that represent natural beauty in all its glory. By presenting an idealistic view in her works, Sanjukta urges the viewer, to preserve the source of nature's beauty: the things that make us stop and look before continuing on our way.
The Mumbai based artist is professionally qualified MBA Sales and Marketing and International Business. After a successful stint in corporate capacity, Sanjukta surrendered to her calling in colors and received extensive guided training in fine arts, acquiring various creative, artistic skills and techniques since 27 years. The artist has devoted herself to art creation since past 25 years and successfully participated in as many as 35 exhibitions including 6 solo shows, in Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore. She has also showcased her works at the World Art Dubai, 2017; Khajuraho Art Festival, 2017; Annual Life Member Show at Artist Centre, Mumbai, 2016 as well as India Art Festival from 2013 to 2018. Her works will be showcased at significant exhibitions in London, Bharain and Dubai in near future.
The exhibition titled, ‘Vivid Waterscapes’ will be inaugurated by India’s renowned mystic artist Shri Udayraj Gadnisji, on 12th March, 2018 at 5 pm in the presence of other luminary guests. From being called "The Prince of Indian Contemporary Art" to "The Sage of Indian Contemporary Art", Udayraji has founded "The Spiritual Art Movement" by bringing in a unique dimension to the artworld from his in-depth study and research of various spiritual aspects. The exhibition will continue 18th March, 2018.
Sanjukta’s innovation in the way she chooses to represent her subjects: with a thick impasto of paint covering the surface of the canvas, the palette, visible brushwork, becomes a distinctive feature of her works and sets her apart from her contemporaries. The artist plans to follow her artistic journey, responding to intuition from within as well as without.