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Purpose of Art

Sunday, March 21st, 2010 | Author:

Does art serve any purpose or is it just a tool in the hands of wandering minds? The answer is definitely affirmative in favor of the first possibility. Art is a medium through which one indulges in free expression of endless ideas and concepts. The beauty of art manifests itself in several forms like paintings, sculpture, music and literature. The combined power of these forms can alter beliefs, bring about a revolutionary change in behaviors, and fashion collective experiences. Art is something that always draws us towards itself and becomes an integral part of us. Art touches every facet of our lives in countless ways.


So, now we know that apart from providing awareness, joy and pleasure, art also serves many other functions. Talking about its functions, religion will definitely be on the top of the list. You must have visited temples and Sistine chapels and do you remember what do you see there? Prehistoric paintings and sculptures acting as vehicle for religious rituals! Yes, art has always been an integral element of religions. Art is a wonderful tool for expressing different shades of emotions.  Art is a wonderful way to explore formal as well as informal elements of human life.


Art is also a way to communicate with others. It helps in capturing historical moments, events and other crucial events. When it comes to social commentary, there is no powerful medium than art. It can be used to present different viewpoints or even acts a platform for propaganda. Art is useful in making us aware of world scenario and human conditions. One of the best features of artwork is its ability to present a prevalent condition in an entirely different light. That way, one develops different but innovative perspectives about existing situations. The functions of art are truly unlimited.

Tanjore Art

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009 | Author:

India is known for its art and culture. Every corner of India is popular for its unusual form of art. Tanjore Painting is one of the most prominent types of traditional South Indian paintings. It is the indigenous art form of Thanjavur (also known as Tanjore) city of Tamil Nadu. The intense composition, exterior richness and vivacious shades of Indian Thanjavur Paintings differentiate them from the other kinds of paintings. Then, there are accompaniments of precious stones, pearls and glass pieces that supplement and add to their charm. The relief work gives them a three dimensional appearance which is more popularly known as the 3D effect. Tanjore Painting of India was derived in the 16th century, in the sovereignty of the Cholas.

A majority of these paintings rotate around the subject of Hindu Gods and Goddesses, along with saints. The chief figure is always painted at the center of the painting. These paintings are also locally called Palagai Padam where palagai means wooden plank and padam means picture as they paintings are mostly done on solid wood boards.

Tanjore paintings involve a couple of intricate steps. The first step includes the sketching of the introduction sketch of the image on the base. This base is prepared from a cloth, which is glued over a wooden stand. The next step involves the mixing of chalk powder or zinc oxide with water-soluble adhesive and applying it on the base. Thereafter, the drawing is made and ornamented with cut glass, pearls as well as semi-precious stones. Besides, colorful and attractive laces or threads are also used to embellish the painting. To further enhance the outcome, wafer thin sheets of gold are glued on a few portions of the painting, whereas the other portions are painted in vivid colors.

There are a huge number of people who still take interest in learning this form of art adding their contemporary touch to it.

Abstract Art

Monday, August 03rd, 2009 | Author:

Abstract art is one without an identifiable theme, one which doesn’t narrate something peripheral or try to imitate some thing. as a substitute the colour and appearance are the topics of the abstract art. It’s entirely without an aim or objective.
An additional difference is likely to be made between abstract art which is geometric, for example, the art work of Mondrian, and abstract art that is more liquid such as the abstract art work of Kandinsky or Pollock.
Moreover, usually classified with abstract art are symbolic ideas and paintings which stand for things that aren’t visual or illustrative, like emotions, sounds, or divine occurrences. Symbolic ideas are abstractions or generalizations of reality, where detail is eradicated from identifiable objects leaving only the essence or recognizable form to some extent.
In the history of Western art, the myth that every art for had to represent something or the other was broken at the start of the 20th century. This revolution happened with art movements like Impressionism, Fauvism and Cubism. Impressionism referred to painters not finishing their paintings. On the other hand, in Fauvism, colours were used in a non-realistic way. Cubism, as the name states, referred to painting an object from more than one perspective. These ideas gave rise to the thought that anything like the colour or texture can be the subject or the theme of the painting.
Abstract Expressionism come into sight in the 1940s. It applied the laws of Expressionism to abstract painting. Jackson Pollock’s action painting where paint was dripped, dropped, spread, sprinkled and thrown on the canvas, is a fine example.
Abstract painting has given artists a completely new line of ideas. They have the freedom to listen to their gut, without worrying about the limits of art, paint the canvas the way they want to.

Investing in Indian art

Thursday, July 09th, 2009 | Author:

Art lovers have an innate passion for art works. If you wish to invest in art or merchandise in the same a certain capital has to be scheduled. There are many art students who work as apprentice and in this field caliber is a primary ingredient. Each day new artists are exposing themselves to new fields of learning, mediums and colors. Locating a chief culture of art is also the main thing about this business.


One needs to have a considerable space to house the pieces of art and storing is essential to avoid any kind of harm or erosion in the art works. Technology and modernity has made it possible to restore works of art and this can be also looked into a branched business. Investing in art means having a keen sense of concept and understanding of varied art forms.


Books and literature is certainly available on the art forms in the ethnic and recent types. There is a lot of essential things to know about the original and metamorphosis of Indian art. Many art forms are also in their stage of extinction. Investing in art for self is another passion though many times this becomes a unique casing. Art lovers also have a specification for the love of art.


People can choose paintings for their living room as aura ones, the fire and ice concept or great ones in Warli art or Madhubani ones. The canvas paintings or portrait in singular frames look elegant on a hallway. Kid’s room paintings can also be looked at great gifts and vibrancy is a necessary ingredient and can also be related to caricature.


New age paintings are also showcased adjacently with traditional ones and this is a great relief that helps the investor to choose among the minimal choices. The investor must be clear about the color and medium and also can have a liaison with the artist to customize rare paintings. Knowledge improves with interaction and exposure and investing in art is a fervor for many investors.

Amrita Shergill

Sunday, May 24th, 2009 | Author:

Amrita Shergill is the daughter of Umrao Singh Shergill Majithia, a Sikh aristocrat and also a scholar in Sanskrit and Persian, and Marie Antoinette Gottesmann, a Jewish Opera singer from Hungary. She was born on 30 January 1913 in Budapest, Hungary.


She has been one of the most renowned Indian artists of the pre-colonial era. She has been the youngest and the only Asian to be honoured as the Associate of the Grand Salon in Paris.


Amrita Shergill was an alluring and enthralling Indian artist of the pre-colonial era. Her artworks portray her immense love for the country and her perception of the life of its people.


Amrita Shergill began painting at an early age and her mother supported and encouraged this intrinsic talent in her. She studied the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Paris, which is one of the best schools for art. She learnt to speak and write French. It was in France that she took up painting seriously. She visited various art galleries, museums, etc in Paris, which had a huge impact on her artwork. Amrita came to India in 1934 and was awestruck by the fascinating images in India.


She stayed in Shimla in 1935 and started off by painting regular men and women who she came across in her day to day life. She made a trip to the Ajanta caves in 1936 and the murals there completely mesmerized her. They had an eternal impact on her style of painting.


In 1938, she shifted focus from the natural environment to imaginary opinions. Amrita Shergill managed to synchronize Indian style with the Western techniques of painting.


Amrita Shergill’s works have been acknowledged as National Art Treasures by the Government of India. A large number of her paintings beautify the ‘National Gallery of Modern Art’ in New Delhi.

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Indian Art – A History of its own

Sunday, May 10th, 2009 | Author:

Indian Arts is said to be the art form that holds traditions and oldest history among all the art forms in the world.  The Indian paintings, crafts, fine arts, and sculptures, has created international fan following for India. The aspect of art in India is highly realistic.

Architecture and Rock cut art was an important step taken for the progress of Indian art, initiated by the Buddhists and inspired Jains and Hindus who built similar kind of structures like Ajanta, Elephanta, Ellora, Badami, etc. Visual art form Painting started with rock painting at Stone Age. Mughal painting, Madhubani painting, Mysore painting, Tanjore painting, Rajput painting are some of the notable Genres to Indian Art.

The music another art form of India has two variants, which are classical style and folk style. The diversity seen in musical system is also visible in Indian dance forms. It is said that Indian dances contains traditions and history compared to any dance form in the world. Creativity is an aesthetic concept. It is an idea that can be heard, felt and seen. Through various mediums such as painting, metalwork, pottery, weaving, paper-art and designing objects such as toys and jewelry represents tribal and Folk art in India. The Richness of Yoga, which is indeed an art form, now followed in every part of the world, was observed in India.

There are various art foundations established in India with a motive to spread awareness of various art forms in society. They organize art camps in order to propagate art knowledge and culture. These Institutes not only encompasses all forms of Indian arts, but also offers degrees in, studio arts, creative writing, museum studies and visual communications. These institutes promote new breed of artists, with famous names. Art India Foundation and Indira Gandhi Institute for India Arts are some of the examples of such organizations.