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Shantala Palat is a Delhi based, new generation contemporary artist whose work has recently gained popularity after participating in a series of international and national exhibitions and winning the prestigious Nippon art award (2011) from the School of Art Institute of Chicago, USA. In 2013, she had her first solo exhibition at Hamra Centre, City of West Torrens Auditorium Gallery in Adelaide, Australia. Shantala’s artworks were appreciated for their vibrant and vivid colours and the interesting ability to beautify the negative and positive spaces of the interlocked figures and for portraying the curious nature of the modern human being.
Shantala Palat’s paintings fascinate the art lovers across the world for the use of simple symmetry to create unusual and fantastical creatures such as birds or elephants that finally transforms into a modern man trapped in various social situations. As the images emerged, strange personalities overtook each one of them. The process was planned with months of preparatory sketches prior to the painting and the results were magical and intriguing even to the artist herself.
The main theme in Shantala’s paintings is about the ever-changing shades of our personality and what it does to us. Human nature is a curious creation. It waxes, wanes & erupts. It is fleeting and yet endearing. It is our eternal makeup for a lifetime.
Shantala’s artwork uses water-based media like acrylics, watercolours and colour pencils to enhance the bright and colourful palette of the works as if animating life on paper.
1st-31st July, Imagine If, Hamra Centre, City of West Torrens Auditorium Gallery, Adelaide, Australia
5th-19th January 2014, When Dreams Awaken, India International Centre, Annexe Gallery, New Delhi, India
1st-5th August, Our Everyday Portraits, India Habitat Centre, Convention Foyer, New Delhi, India
11th-14th January, The Second Coming, India International Centre, Annexe Gallery, New Delhi, India
8th-14th April, Unwritten Thoughts by Palette Group, AIFACS, New Delhi, India
1st-7th September, A Dash of Colour, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India
1th-18th October, Walk in Light by Wagon Art, Artizen Gallery, Pearey Lal Bhavan, New Delhi, India
9th to 15th January, Flights Of Fantasy, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, India
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