A group exhibition by 32 international artists in Oman – Avenues of Wonders – displays a variety of creative expression on the concept of wonders at the Art & Soul Gallery
A mixed bag of varied styles and expression, with myriad interpretations, is currently on display at the Art & Soul Gallery, at Water Front mall, Shatti Qurm, where two talented Indian artists have curated an international group exhibition to give a new twist to the concept of ‘wonders’ as seen by artists.
Avenues of Wonders – curated by Rema Sivakumar and Nandana Kouli – showcases the work of 32 international artists in Oman who have experimented with the concept of wonders in their own creative way to draw attention to numerous themes concerning people, events, nature, wildlife, monuments, landmarks, as well as abstract expression on different concepts.
The exhibition, held under the patronage of H H Sayyida Susan al Said (the guest of honour), was inaugurated by H H Janaab Sayyida Mira Majid al Said, who was the chief guest. The honoured guests included Abdul Latheef, MD, Badr Al Samaa Group, and Anoop Bijily second secretary (Political) and Reena Jain, first secretary (Culture) – both from Embassy of India. It will be on till Nov 10.
The participant artists include Saleem Sakhi, Sheffy Tattarath, Mina Rezaee, Meharen Badbor, Saad, Javed Bashir, Abdel Wahad, Rema Sivakumar, Nandana kouli, Trupti Bhatkal, Anjana Loomba, Dr Dipti Shrivasta, Latha Guru, Poornima Vijayakumar, Mini Krishna, Parul Razdan, Radha Bachu, Vaishali Thakar, Radhakrishnan, Seema Latha, Veena Thoppil, Gayatri Borpuajri, Chandra Mohan, Sherine Liju, Sarika Talwar, Preeti Tiwari, Kavita Vaddeppali, Sanunathan, Shalina Nazeem and Rajesh Venkateshwaran, besides pottery artist Faisal from Sohar.
Rema said, “The world we live in has been reshaped by so many landmarked wonders, which has changed by so many insights about the present, past and future. The avenues of wonders or path of wonders could be colourful streets, beautiful markets, skyscrapers, polar regions, tropical regions, deserts or lush greenery surroundings or any beautifully created art works using different mediums.
“The theme visualises our fascination, adoration or curiosity with day to day experiences in our life and the awe inspiring way that the natural and artificial worlds work. This exhibition features abstract, mixed media, mirror works, realism, semi realism and much more. Most of the work is based on colour compositions, texture, nature, building and monuments, still-life and pottery works.
“Experiencing curating is both challenging, exciting and a creative part of any art exhibition (virtual or physical). This helps us to rethink the idea in a wider angle and conceptualise the theme for the exhibition. It needs a lot of research on our part to be successful.
Nandana added, “For me curating is both challenging, exciting, and a creative part of any exhibition. The physical exhibition of Avenues of Wonders was a wonderful experience for me. An artist can see and capture many wonders in day to day activities and from his/ her surroundings which could easily be overlooked by the common man. Angels within a cluster of cloud, man-made wonders, landscapes – anything that amazes people can be a ‘wonder’ for a painter.”
A virtual exhibition on the same theme had been held a couple of months ago featuring the works of most the participating artists.