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Enjoy paintings, meet artists online


‘Art Grooves’, initiated by Mumbai artist Poornima Dayal, gives an interactive platform for artists to showcase their works online

Artist Sandhya Jathar’s painting is an ode to the colours of spring. It depicts a green field with blooming flowers, swaying in the breeze. The work, oil on stretched canvas (24.5 x 24.5), is on show at Art Grooves, a three-day online art exhibition that opened on February 26 on www.pankh.live.

Sandhya is one of the 22 artists who are displaying their works. The interactive exhibition gives a brief introduction to the artist and the visitor can browse through his or her works. Links to the artists’ social media platforms have been provided as well. Visitors also have the option of chatting with the artist on Whatsapp.

“The lockdown months have been incredibly difficult for artists, with art galleries remaining closed and restrictions imposed on conducting events,” says Mumbai-based artist Poornima Dayal, who founded Art Grooves, an online forum for artists to meet, discuss and showcase their works.

“The idea of collecting artists’ works came to me during the first quarter of the lockdown. I created this online platform (Art Grooves) and invited artists from different parts of the country to display their works and talk about their inspirations,” she says.

These art meets soon became a regular feature, and started including live sessions on social media. “We had viewers from around the world and it served as a great motivation especially for the up and coming artists, who were showing their works,” she says.

Poornima is showcasing 15 of her works. She works with oil and acrylic and her works are delightfully textured. The work, “Life at a Metro” is a precise montage of colours that conveys the whirl of city life. Poornima, who started painting at the age of 13, has been painting for over three decades now and has exhibited her works around the world.

Even as galleries have opened and life is slowly getting back to normal, Art Grooves would continue its online meets, Poornima says. It would host sessions with 10 artists and personalities from different areas such as music, food, cinema, who would discuss their creative inspirations. She plans to organise online exhibitions more frequently, too.

The works in the ongoing exhibition include abstracts to portraits, figurative works, fluid art, knife art and illustrative to name a few.

The exhibition is open to all; it does not need a registration. It is on till February 28 on www.pankh.live.



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