BHOPAL : The paintings of city-based senior artist Veena Jain were put on display in a two-day exhibition ‘A Tranquil Journey’ which concluded here on Monday at Rooftop Art Gallery, Professors Colony. The exhibition was a preview show of a 10-day exhibition of the works of Jain which would be showcased at Triveni Sangam Art Gallery, Delhi from August 10 to 20.

As many as 22 abstract works including small, big and panel of Jain were showcased at the exhibition in the state capital, which were based on bronze series theme. She tried to paint nature as well as rural ambience in her works by using organic colours. It is noteworthy here that the artist prepared these organic colours herself by using henna, turmeric, leafs of tea and pomegranate. She is one of the artists in the city who uses natural colour to paint. Her soft strokes give water colour impression on canvas as well as transparency in her works.

“I have maintained a very intimate relationship with my surroundings. Whatever I have seen around me, I’ve striven to express it through my paintings in a unique manner. My works take their final form with the aid of ritualistic and abstract images. The rural ambience and its mud racked houses have deeply affected my mental makeup. Travelling down the lanes of my childhood, I find myself attached closely to such scattered memories. All this and much more is part of my canvas,” said Jain.

Appraising the works of Jain in the exhibition, city based noted author and art critique Prayag Shukla said, “Works of Veena Jain visually enchant us, and their intent captures our imagination to the core. Her soft, delicate looking images, suggestive of some leaf from a manuscript of an archive; brought to the fore in its present form; or which in its making, are truly evocative. She makes her own pigments, from tea leaves, green Mehndi, Awala and the likes, to evoke in us a certain regard for the fragile and seemingly impermanent things.”

“The closures and enclosures, and their folding and unfolding, in these works will not be missed, as they relate to a certain structure, where dwells the very realization of a tranquil journey, for the artist, and for us,” added Shukla.

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