Subsequent to the first show of the series “Call of the Hills” in 2012, which featured paintings and sketches from Western Ghats, we decided to go north and start the process of exploring the Himalayan region.
These paintings are a result of extensive travels in Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Artist Chitra Vaidya who has been working with me on this series has done a commendable job in painting the breathtaking views from the Himalayan region apart from the people, culture and heritage of that region. I thoroughly enjoyed the process of shooting in this region and discussing various compositions with Chitra for her paintings and sketches.
While Chitra is an accomplished watercolour painter and has a large base of art collectors who have her paintings and sketches in their collection, she springs a pleasant surprise this time with several canvases painted in oil colours. They bring out vividly the richness of colours from Himalayas, the sheer expanse of the landscapes there and the unspoilt nature which beckons you all the time.
No wonder the Gods chose Himalayas to be their abode. It is the serenity which makes this region so sacred for all of us and Chitra has managed to capture and convey all of this through her paintings.
Trustee, Art India Foundation