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Leaves on Hina's canvas tremble in breeze...

Hina Bhatt's paintings in display at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai, leave an indelible mark on the heart of the viewer. Curiously, on her canvas, the bushy leaves in varying spirits and moods appear to pulsate with life. One feels the caress of a passing breeze and hears the rustling jubilance in the forest while experiencing her canvas. These works of art are not only seen but also felt through the entire existence!

The Roots and Bonds series, offer a deep and silent insight into the nature of our identity in connection with our past. They stop us on our track and make us reflect on the eternal truth that existence is timeless and seamless. Nobody is alone. Nobody is an island. Some inviolable network of links bind all of us together into an infinite oneness.

Hina's solo show, ‘VISCERAL REALMS’, is going on at Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai, during 4th April'23 to 10th April '23.

This show was inaugurated by Chief Guest Mr. Ashish Shanker(Managing Director & CEO - Motilal Oswal Private Wealth), With Blessings from Shri. Sumant Shukla in the presence of Special Guests Prof. Anant Nikam(Eminent Artist), Prof. Vishwanath Sabale(Dean-Sir J.J. School of Art, Mumbai), Shri. Prakash Ghadge(Eminent Artist), Shri. Milind Mulick(Eminent Artist).

“Man expresses himself through art,” said Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941); nature is beautiful, but Tagore expounds that “beauty is simply reality seen with the eyes of love.” And it is this love that draws artist and viewer alike to HinaBhatt’s work. The tangible painting is the manifestation of this interactive experience. Bhatt’s solo exhibition, Visceral Realms is inspired by trees, and her renditions are distinctive because they are so visceral. The visceral realms are where Bhatt lives artistically and what she expresses through brush and paint on canvas.

The exhibition features a collection of oil paintings on canvas, as well as some of Bhatt’s pen drawings. Nature, the common theme, ties the variant together. This may seem a simple theme at first glance, but there is deeper research, deeper dissection of both modes, by the artist. The drawings appear to interrogate the roots—the strength—of the trees. Bhatt’s art is perhaps a quest to understand the metaphysics of these roots. Her pen drawings could be viewed as her self-portraits, in which she attempts to understand her internal roots and how they connect her to the universe.

This exhibition is curated by Vilas Tonape, a U.S.-based Indian artist who is a professor at Methodist University. He knows the high quality of the art being presented. “Bhatt’s works resonate because of her sincere studio practice, and it is unequivocally her deepest interrogation of nature and trees that manifests on canvas,” states Tonape. Bhatt is astute and deeply philosophical, and her excellence is backed by a sound formal education—a diploma in Textile Designing from Mumbai’s well-known Nirmala Niketan, as well as a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the prestigious Stella Maris College of Fine Arts, Chennai.

Bhatt currently resides in Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The influence of the city’s richness is apparent in Bhatt and her affinity for culture, which permeates her art. Bhatt’s work has been recognized and celebrated in many important exhibitions throughout India, Dubai, Bangladesh, and Nepal.

The exhibition is free and open to public. Gallery visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily from April 5-10, 2023.

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