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A collection of artwork tied together by the theme ‘love’ were exhibited at the Artist Proof Gallery, New Orleans, Pulchowk, in February, to commemorate the month of love. The exhibition–which featured prints and paintings by Nepali artists Ragini Upadhyaya, SC Suman, Erina Tamrakar, Asha Dangol, Saurganga Darshandhari, Rukmani Shrestha and Manju Shyaula–was inaugurated by Rensje Teerink, Ambassador of the European Union Delegation to Nepal and Giuseppe Savino, her husband, on the evening of February 13.
Most of the art on display embraced the environment and circled about the themes of romantic as well as compassionate love, capturing the different moods and moments of love in a range of beautiful, boisterous, pensive and muted colours. Valentine’s Day, the festival, the exhibition was built upon, is after all not really about red roses and dark chocolate but about human, compassionate love.
The prints included a Darshandhari’s piece titled “Me and You”. The artist has used two neck ties on one neck to symbolise male and female union and one can observe branches of trees and a pair of highly symbolic doves printed on the tie’s surface. Elephants, lotuses and safety pins–all arranged in five different tiers at the bottom of the canvas–are also an important feature of this print. Tamrakar’s painting series ‘Couple’, on the other hand, spans two canvases and features the faces of one man and one woman–both wearing sad, pensive expressions– painted over backgrounds of mild yellow, white, black and gray.
One of Upadhyay-Grela’s prints had a couple making love inside a heart shape, dominated by the colours white and black with wavy lines inside the heart. Artists Erina Tamrakar, Asha Dangol, and SC Suman used print-making techniques and brought a variety of techniques to the exhibition.