For the first time in Hyderabad, print and painting would be clubbed together in the form of wood cut paintings. Iconart Gallery is one of the unique art residencies which has participants from all over the country. At present there are 20 artists learning the craft and making the paintings.
“It’s a great place to integrate print and painting. We have been making these wood paintings for the last few weeks and it’s a one of a kind experience. We get to learn a lot from seniors and our creativity is also enhanced,” says Santosh Kotagari, a University of Hyderabad student.
The whole process of making a wood cut painting takes more than a week. Artists believe that the art scene in Hyderabad is highly commercialised and this initiative will bring about contemporary movement which is not present in the City.
“As an artist it’s important for us to travel and meet new people, understand new cultures and face new challenges. Unless we do not travel we won’t grow. So coming here is a great change and this definitely shows in my work. There is more depth and focus,” said Dinesh Pimple, an artist from Nagpur.
To make wood art, special tools are used. A special technique is used to carve and paint. “This idea was generated as we wanted to mix style and subject. I am sure Hyderabad will accept wood art which is an old medium being reintroduced,” said Dr Avani Rao Gandra, curator of Iconart. These wood arts will be on sale by the end of this month. The prices will range from Rs20,000 to Rs50,000.
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