The 62nd edition of the National Exhibition of Art is going on at Lalit Kala Akademi, Mandi House. The prestigious annual event features award-winning artists from across the country and exhibits their artwork. The exhibition was inaugurated on April 9, 2022 by Union Minister for Culture, G. Kishan Reddy with Akademy Awards held at Vigyan Bhawan.
Every year, NEA brings some of the best artworks from around the country for us to witness. This edition of National Exhibition of Art aims at taking a closer look at the evolving contemporary art trends in India. You can behold and appreciate the artwork by several acclaimed artists from different corners of India. The exhibition also displays the work of a total of 20 national awardee artists.
This year's list of awardees includes artists like Anand Narayan Dabli, whose acrylic painting for this exhibition is also the cover of the new catalogue, Devesh Upadhyay, Digbijayee Khatua, Prabhu Harsoor, Shivanand Shagoti among others.
These sculptures in ceramic, named 'Caretakers' by Devesh Upadhyay is a satirical work with a deeper meaning. According to the provided description, underneath the doll like structure of the human face, the dual characteristic of human nature is hidden- selfishness and unaccountability. The dog is the epitome of selflessness and accountability.
This painting by Digbijayee Khatua is titled 'Constructive Land', emphasizing the connection between stylized urban built structures and people. In the paintings, paper cuttings layer by layer has been used to depict the dense city like a forest and the crowd.
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Shivanand Shagoti's acrylic painting, titled 'Journey Without Destination', metaphorically depicts diminutive life with endless but unfulfilled dreams and hopes. The hardships of life have been symbolically shown in the form of a vegetable vendor's pull cart and the worry of sustaining in this materialistic world has no destination.
Some other artworks at the exhibition-