Artsy Naga – Showcasing Naga artistic brilliance

Artsy Naga – Showcasing Naga artistic brilliance
By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 6/30/2019 5:32:14 AM IST

 “Everything you can imagine is real”

This line from Pablo Picasso, arguably the most influential and innovative artist of the 20th Century seems very relatable to Artsy Naga’s first ever Art Exhibition that was held at Hotel Lake Shilloi’s grand Banquet Hall from June 12 to 15. Under the theme ‘Redefining’, the curator foundation, Artsy Naga set its goal to challenge and redefine preconceived notions about art, that restricts the expressiveness and creativity of artists, redefine the boundaries and thereby redefine the spirit and celebration of art in our society.

The exhibition was one of its kind in Nagaland and a truly unprecedented venture where artworks and sculptures of 13 upcoming as well as acclaimed artists from Nagaland were displayed.

Keeping up to its intrinsic exhibition theme, artworks from a wide array of genres were exhibited. There were Oil on Canvas paintings by the internationally renowned artist, Buddhi Thapa, of which one of his mural-sized artwork of an Angami woman in traditional attire - ‘Ancestral Recollection’ which cost Rs 7 Lakhs was the center of attraction. The artist described the painting as his attempt to portray the woman in the painting singing to the ancestral spirits. 

Another artwork titled ‘PioPolytimo’, an oil & gold leaf on linen creation by an equally internationally acclaimed artist Moaso Aier also received rave reviews for her interpretation of verses from the Bible;  Mathew 6:28-30 bible. 

Sutiba Sangtam’s hyper-realistic acrylic paintings captured intricate photography -like details and instilled awe-inspiring thoughts. 

Limatola Longkumer, a contemporary artist who is renowned for her line art, her works mostly are inspired and based on women empowerment and feminism. Her artwork series, titled ‘Be my Lennon, I’ll be your Ono’ which was inspired by the famous picture taken by Annie Leibovitz of John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Vanity Fair magazine was also put up at the exhibition. Some paintings and fiberglass & clay sculptures from a versatile artist Akup Buchem were also displayed. 

Some fine intricate wood carvings of veteran sculptor J.K. Shikhu were displayed alongside the paintings. Other collection of upcoming artists included some unique watercolor paintings by Mhasie Selho, and pencil & charcoal sketch masterpiece by Along Changkiri and Imsupong Sanglir.

Artsy Naga was not an overnight project, but has been a long standing dream to truly realize the potential that Nagas have in the field of art and creativity. 

The brainchild of a young artist, Tunavi Achumi, Artsy Naga envisions to establish a rich network of talented artists from Nagaland to share, create and grow into the international art (and artists) community. 

Since its conception, the foundation also wanted to encourage the younger generation, along with the general populace to celebrate art and the spirit of creativity. To do so, invitations were extended to some schools in Dimapur to allow the students to visit the exhibition. 

Most of the invited schools visited the exhibition with the young and curious group of students who, according to Artsy Naga, hopefully left the venue with renewed and redefined appreciation for art.

Toka Kits

Photo credit: Itoka Yeptho


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