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JIVA by Ompal Sansanwal

Curated by Uma Nair 
27 April - 3 May 2024

Main Art Gallery, Bikaner House, New Delhi 

40. Artist OMPAL Size 60 x 60 inches ,medium Acrylic ink on Canvas.JPG

About the Exhibition

Welcome to ‘Jiva’, an exhibition exalting the splendour and timeless essence of nature, interwoven with the mythic narratives of India's Puranas. Within this collection, Ompal Sansanwal, a recipient of the National Award, invites viewers into a realm where trees transcend mere botanical subjects to embody epic tales and symbolic creatures.
For three decades, Sansanwal has devoted his artistry exclusively to the arboreal realm, crafting delicate renderings that evoke the profound interconnection between humanity and the natural world. His reverence for the banyan tree, a source of lifelong inspiration, underscores his belief in nature as a sanctified realm, eternal and sublime. Embracing the Purusha Prakriti principle, Sansanwal's oeuvre delves into botanical studies imbued with surrealistic flourishes rooted in realism. Through a masterful fusion of acrylic and pen and ink, his canvases pulsate with the hues of dawn and dusk, casting a luminous aura upon the viewer. Bathed in the golden glow of the setting sun, each tree resonates with a symphony of refractive indices and vivid sienna tones, capturing the vitality and resilience inherent in nature's cycles. Against a backdrop of ochre-textured strokes juxtaposed with smoked sienna, Sansanwal's compositions evoke a sense of harmony and ethereal tranquility, inviting contemplation of our enduring connection to the ever-unfolding tapestry of time. As we stand before these works, we are reminded of our shared origins, rooted in the sacred soil from which all life springs forth.

19. Artist OMPAL Size 24 x 34 inches ,medium Acrylic ink on Canvas.JPG

About the Artist

Ompal Sansanwal was born in 1964. He received his Bachelor's and Master's degrees from the College of Art and Crafts, Kolkata, in 1987 and 1992 respectively. 

Sansanwal's works are easily identified by the convoluted labyrinth-like maze of colours through which he depicts his larger themes. The figurative elements of his depictions merge effortlessly into the soft curves and lines of their geometric backgrounds, accentuating the intertwining of nature and the being, and provoking viewers to unravel their stories. 

Sansanwal's works have been featured in several solo exhibitions, including those held at; the Museum Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006; LTG Gallery, New Delhi, in 1999, 1996 and 1995; and Shridharani Gallery, New Delhi, in 1989. His work has also been featured in several group shows held at the Nehru Center in London between 2003 and 2007, and in a show of Indian Contemporary Art held in Yugoslavia in 2004.

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