In an exciting solo exhibition, veteran artist HaroonKhimani launched his latest work ‘Decent’ at Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Godha. His new collection is the contemporary retrospective Visual Art Exhibition that explores the fundamental existential dilemma of destruction and recreation and gradually steeped into potential energy of rebuilding. Young hearted and high spirited Mr. Khimani came out of his closet after 40 years of trial. At the age of 83, he has not surrendered his dream and passion and for someone like Haroon Khimani,he is busy fulfilling his dreams these days.
Yes guys, this man behind these work of art is 80+, looking at this contemporary style of art I was absolutely astonished to know this. His style of work is very eclectic and modern and that is what I felt the most attracted to. All his paintings are unique in themselves and each one of them will take you by surprise.
My little talk with the Artist:
I got a chance to ask some questions that popped in my mind while I went through his paintings. I started by asking him about how his style is so contemporary and modern at such a mature age to which he smiled and answer “I am very young at heart and I like to do new things. My age does not define me or my art and I feel inspired everyday.” Then I asked him about what keeps him going at such a mature age to which he said “Even on days that I don’t feel so well, I am dragged towards painting and that is what my cure is. Painting is not just an hobby it relieves my stress and keeps me energetic all along.” When I asked what his inspiration about this particular exhibition was he replied “Whenever I come across any kind of destruction I stop and I think about what is it that’s coming next, I believe destruction can be a cause of new creation and through these paintings I demonstrate the same.”
Such a great thought, and here I am scared of trying new things because of the fear of failure. His words of wisdom inspired me to keep going and taught me it’s never late to pursue your passion, working for your passion will never make your tired; in fact it will boost your energy.
I returned from that exhibition with a very positive energy and feeling inspired, if you wish to experience the same give a visit to this exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, Mumbai before the 7th of August.
In Khimani’ s paintings nature acts as a back drop that determines human fate. Everything is in a flux. Ultimately the desperate elements form a whole and add to the tempo of narrative .The portrayal emanates, from chaotic images, twisted shadowy figures and collapsing order of this universe which borders on understanding of life. Out of chaos there is promise of regeneration on a higher level of existence.
While unveiling the exhibition Mr. Khimani explained, “There is an ethical side to Nature which borders between Being and Nothingness. That inspires me the most. For the artist, it is a chance to step inside their own creations, to appear in a visual story and establish an interaction. Creating a super sensual existence on the canvass is an intense personal experience. In my paintings, you will see fallen buildings, broken homes, twisted steel grotesque forms but it does not distract from the focus of my message about hope and degeneration of narrative.”
Mr. Khimani’s paintings will be displayed in a week long exhibition from 1st of August to 7th August 2017 from 11am to 7pm at Jehangir art gallery.
His next showcase is at Multi cultural Arts Center, Boston, USA.
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