The many shades of abstract

As an artist, Tarini Agarwal looks beyond the superficial surface, into the depth of the matter which she then interprets with the colours on her palette. “Mostly in hues of blue”, she casually remarks somewhere in between the conversation. 

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When she listens, she also observes and what she sees, she soaks in. The artist, has been in constant observation of the world around her: The people, the landscape, the culture, but most importantly the colours - they fascinate her.

Her latest collection Coloreidoscope is on exhibition today at City Seasons Hotel. One of her artwork, which is on display at the Stal Gallery, will also be auctioned at The Sultan’s School today, to help children with Down syndrome.

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Talking to Muscat Daily about Coloreidoscope, Tarini says that she coined the name based on a kaleidoscope - an instrument used to see various design patterns. “When you look into a kaleidoscope you see bits and pieces that come together to make a design, it’s pretty much the same with this exhibition too,” says Tarini. “I use colour to create a sense of space in the landscape…. and in this particular series I look at abstract and landscapes,” she added.

The primary influence for this series is drawn from the varied landscapes of Oman, which has been home away from home for this Muscat based artist.

After starting out as a realistic artist, Tarini ventured into the world of abstract art with a purpose to “evoke emotion, to connect with the viewer at a deeper level and move away from the obvious”. In her abstract collection, Coloreidoscope, the focus is more on the choice of colours and its placement.

Even though she focuses on landscapes, Tarini points out that  she hasn’t arranged the landscape as one expects to see it. “It doesn’t follow the accepted pattern of placement.” When we think of a landscape we think of mountains and trees and such things, but none of those objects per say is there, only the sense of the object is communicated, explains the artist.

In this way the she gives more power to the individual viewing the art to interpret the meaning for themselves.

“Our knowledge of objects, faces and landscape predominates our understanding. This predominance takes one away from the emotion and joy that we first experience. So the same painting connects with people at an individual level.”

For Tarini, this collection is more about the colours that she has processed as an artist and an observer. Her work reflects the many shades of blue that she has internalised in the process. “It’s more about the colours. Predominantly the different blues that I see in Oman.

There are specific blues that she talks about that inspire her imagination. “You have the dark blues in winters that you see in the seas and then a lighter shade during the summers,” says Tarini while describing the nuances of colours that passionately fill her canvas.

Tarini Agarwal’s exhibition Coloreidoscope will be showcased April 19 onwards at the City Seasons Hotel.


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