What is Saffron Art?
Hold your horses! It is not a new art movement or a style of contemporary art. It is a name coined by legendary artists belonging to the Progressive Artists’ Group in 2000. The group of artists is led by the famous painter, Krishen Khanna. He is a living legend all over the world at the age of 92.
This group has created an art house and called it `Saffron Art’ on the strengths of a private passion. It has now become a global organisation with deep Indian roots. Saffron Art today has become a dependable platform for fine arts and it is predominantly committed to serving the growing community of Indian artists and collectors while building a cultural bridge to India for the Non-Resident Indian Diaspora and the entire international community of talented artists. Since the past 17 years, Saffron Art has set benchmarks all over the world for launching online auctions and is already the subject of a case study at the Harvard Business School.
Their online auction this year has generated Rs 2.14 Crores. Saffron Art offers a vast range of services including art advisory, private sales, valuations and appraisals and specialised storage of art while responding to the needs of collectors today.
Contributions to Saffron Art by Artists from Hyderabad
The contemporary art creative scene is flourishing in Hyderabad. Among the artists of repute and talent are A. Rajeshwara Rao, Laxman Aelay, Bairu Raghuram, K. Laxma Goud, K. Nandini Goud, T. Vaikuntam, S.H. Raza, and Surya Prakash. Bairu Raghuram works mostly with pen and ink on the canvas; his paintings being simple as they depict rural environment of India while Laxman Aelay likes to paint people. He likes to express happiness with a mix of diverse colours. The visual ideas of Surya Prakash get transformed into his work through an abstract language. The abstractions are an emotional kind of response to nature and the mysteries it offers. Raza has his own unique style as it is portrayed in an example of his painting called `Carcassonne’. The artist who stands out in this select group from Hyderabad is A. Rajeshwara Rao. Two paintings are outstanding - `Lachmi on Kalyana Laxmi’ and `Classmates’.
Rao was born in Vizianagaram in 1960 and holds a Master’s Degree from Central University, Hyderabad. His work has been displayed at art shows all around the world. His paintings convey a message of transition. He depicts simple and everyday people and their ambitions. He brings out their psychological desires and his palette brings alive an intricate weave of forms and lines and his multi-faceted paintings remind the viewers of their own fantasies and dreams. Through his work, he reminds people of a humorous and a quaint manner of the unavoidable influence that popular media has played on Indian culture. His compositions could be described as meticulous and quirky.
Exhibition in New Delhi
There is a Saffron Art India Exhibition that is on display at the Saffron Art Gallery, Claridges Hotel in New Delhi. This exhibition was held between 12 and 28 January. It will cover works principally by Krishen Khanna and the art exhibition will include his recent black and white works which are being considered as a mix of conte – this is done by using crayon and sticks comprising charcoal and graphite on the canvas. These works will showcase his personal and artistic expressions. The show-stopper this year is likely to be the `Benediction on the Battlefield’ by Khanna. It has been put up on a saffron-coloured wall in the gallery. – Tahseen