The Big Leap is a significant show for Gallery Ragini as the gallery leaps ahead along with its artists. This is the gallery’s fourth show with Gossain and I experience the transit in his works. The works move on from figurative into new realms of aesthetics subtly moving towards abstraction. We do see form but it’s not the focal point of the art work, the object merges with the composition. We see this in ‘creeper’ where the creeper softly adds to the strong composition and the multi hues of the canvas are the most striking feature in the work. The creeper adds further life and emotion to the sense created by this canvas.
Ravi’s colour palette has expanded; his mastery has been in the bold usage of black. In his present series he combines black with bright primary hues making a very strong statement. Yet what bewilders me is the fact that multi colours in the canvas do not take away from the zen feel of his works, the strong colours melt into each other lyrically creating a music of their own.
Looking at ‘The monk’ the work transcends you into a meditative state where the central form holds all attention.
The spiritual influence in his works have always intrigued my sensibility. His birds and his butterflies make a heavenly connect; they are fragile and soft adding emotion to his canvases.
In ‘the birds’ I see his magic at play, the mastery of his skill is apparent in this composition, where I almost want to caress the silhouette of the birds wings. His butterflies float in the universe, spiritual, angelic and connecting to the divine.
The artist himself is very passionate about art, his passion transcends on his canvas with bold, energetic brush strokes. While observing him in his studio I often want to document each moment spent. His love and connect with his art is what persistently motivates me to exhibit his works at the gallery.
The big leap, as I understand the show, is a growth of Ravi’s aesthetics into new realms that transcend from strong figurative compositions into lyrical abstraction and also the backdoor entry of a wider colour palette.
The artist and his works have evolved positively and I revel under his growth as an artist.
I hope you enjoy the works as much as I enjoy putting this show forward.
Venue – F- 213 C, Lado Sarai,
New Delhi- 110030
Date – 14th to 30th July 2010