Ranjeeta Kant

Nature is an inspiration; it colours and shapes my thoughts.

In the present age and time there is a major threat to the environent. It’s painful to see how the total disregard and lack of concern towards our environment, insensivity towards its flora and fauna, The very existence of the earth is threatened. There has to be a more peaceful coexistence between man/woman and nature; to stop the degradation.

My body of work has been inspired by my recent visit to the Island of Bali .The beauty of this lush green tropical island is mesmerising .The myriad hues in nature ­- the undulating sap green paddy fields, miles of lotus ponds with densely packed leaves ,the lovely flowers with long delicate stems creating a maze and rising high, the ubiquitous red hibiscus ,the frangipani and the bird of paradise; the deep blue ocean , the boats on the sand , fishes in the pond – all making a beautiful composition on nature’s canvas.

Contrast to this is the volcanic territory -emitting smoke and creating the ashen landscape; it is amazing to see how nature both creates and destroys.

But here, it is the culture, music, dance and religion which bring about a beautiful interaction between the human form and nature. Lissom women and bare torso men (with a red hibiscus tucked behind their ear), dance and enact beautifully from the religious texts.

These have become the reservoir of my images to be drawn upon and painted on the canvas. I have used colour , form and texture to create a landscape which at times looks surreal .Women exist in an ethereal realm and become part of my composition.

Buddha is smiling everywhere ,and the trinity (Brahma ,Vishnu and Mahesh ) is omnipresent .The beats of the drum and the sound of the xylophone fill up the air , the temples on the hills, at the end of the land ,almost in the sea , the religious procession ,the beautiful umbrellas, create an atmosphere which transcends oneself to another world.

Rain plays hide and seek, and the lovely rainbow dances in unison painting the sky vibrant!

A Personalised identification with Nature and its Spirit

Ranjeeta Kant in her works assimilates her experiences of the experiential flavours of nature and the self that both intermingle and get reflected with their energized spirit on her canvases. The daily experienced realities embody the experienced and the realised in a metaphoric manner overlapping each other with an intuitive binding of the sensibilities. The narrative extends itself beyond the precincts of the literal and shimmers with a sense of lyricism. Human experience extends beyond the boundaries of the constructed world and the quest of the humanistic finds its relevance in celebrating life and in its transformations.

I wish her all the best in her search.

PROF RAJEEV LOCHAN

The artist did her masters degree in Anthropology. She has had her formal training in art at the Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi. Ranjeeta Kant had the opportunity to further develop her skills as an artist under the guidance of eminent artist Rameshwar Broota. She has worked extensively in the field of designing in Delhi and Kerala during her stay in Kerala; she had the experience of designing textiles for an interior project and got it executed at the comtrast handloom center at Calicut. The artist has also experimented with furniture and stain glass has reflected her creativity in this medium. Passionate about art since her very early years, Ranjeeta only finds her passion towards the medium grow.

Solo Show

2010 (April) – Dance of the rainbow-  solo exhibition organized by Gallerie Alternatives at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, and Gallerie Alternatives, Gurgaon
2008 (October) – Solo exhibition at Chawla Art Gallery, Square One Mall, New Delhi
2008 (July-August) – Solo exhibition at the Tagore Centre, Berlin
2008 (July) – Solo exhibition at the Nehru Centre, London
2007 (April) – THE MINDSCAPE / KALEIDOSCOPIC IMAGES solo show organized by Gallerie Alternatives at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi, and Gallerie Alternatives, Gurgaon
2005 (August) – Solo show at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2002 (July) – She did her first commissioned work for a private project in Trivandrum, Kerala

Group Show:

2009 (November) – Group Show by Chowla Art Gallery held at the DLF-Aralia, Gurgaon
2009 (April) – Group Show by Art Janction Gallery, The Lalit, New Delhi
2009 (April) – Group Show for charity for Nityanjali Art Gallery, held at Stainless Steel Gallery, New Delhi
2009 (February) – Participating in tenth anniversary exhibition of Gallerie Alternatives, COLLECTIVE INTENT-IV at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2008 (August) – The Umbrella Show, curated by Naresh Kapuria at the Alliance Francaise, New Delhi
2008 (April) – Annual group show held by Chawla Art Gallery, Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2007 (November) – Group show organized by Gallerie Alternatives at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi & Gallerie Alternatives, Gurgaon
2007 (November) – Group show for charity organized by Savera at the Intercontinental Hotel, New Delhi
2006 (November) – Group show held at the Lalit Kala Bhawan, New Delhi
2006 (June) – Completed commissioned work (paintings) for a private project in Trivandrum, Kerala
2006 (April) – Group show held by Chawla Art Gallery & Easa at ITC Maurya, New Delhi
2005 (February) – Charity Group show, held at the India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2003 (September) – Group show organized by Art Junction Gallery held at the Intercontinential Hotel, New Delhi

Workshop & Art Camp:

2009 (April) – Did a workshop in Traditional Balinese Painting Ubud, Bali
2008 (February) – Attended a workshop on ‘Egg Tempara’ by French artist Christian Purade held at Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2007 (June) – Participated in an Art Camp at Pondicherry organized by ITDC & Art Mantram, Bangalore
2007 – Attended a course in Art History conducted by The Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi
2006 (January) – Participated in an Art Camp held at Shantiniketan, west Bengal
1992 (December) – Participated in an Art workshop held at Calicut, attended by the eminent artist M.F. Husain
2002 (July) – She did her first commissioned work for a private project in Trivandrum, Kerala

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