Hotel Pullman, Aerocity, New Delhi held its 3rd art exhibition, ‘Patch of Blue’, of artist Venkat Shyam’s works, in collaboration with Ina Puri, Art consultant and Documentarian and Art and Aesthetic Art Gallery.Venkat’s paintings are a magnificent selection of his recent works that draw upon the life of the tribal artist in contemporary times. The deliberately naive &stylised narrative touching upon the myths & culture of the Gond tribe is magical in its use of colour& forms and draws attention to a genre that is age old & cutting edge. Venkat says, “When one looks at my paintings, one must feel they are traditional but at the same time, there have to be new elements in them.”
Art Zone by Pullman is a project that is a manifestation of the hotel’s own design vision. ‘Art Zone by Pullman’ program has been created as a new initiative intended to add elements of local interest, culture intrigue and visual ingenuity to the hotel’s communal space as a real need has been identified to facilitate the implementation of arts within the hotels. Art Zone by Pullman will be hosting a series of art events that will focus on contemporary art in India. The lower ground floor around the courtyard will henceforth be called ‘Pullman New Delhi Aerocity Art Zone.’
“Pullman Hotels and Resorts have an incredible affiliation to design, art, photography and local culture and collaborate with artists and designers around the world to help bring its design vision to life. Pullman New Delhi Aerocity with its strong ‘Art’ connect has associated with renowned art curator and documentarian Ms. Ina Puri and Art & Asthetic Art Gallery for Art Zone by Pullman.” says Tristan Beau De Lomenie – General Manager, Pullman Novotel New Delhi Aerocity.
About the artist
Venkat Shyam, started sketching and painting at seven years of age. Every scrap of paper, even the blank spaces on the walls of his home were covered with his charcoal drawings. His uncle, Jangarh Singh Shyam spotted his talent in 1983. His first painting was of the goddess Khero Mai, who protects the village from evil spirits and to whom he had prayed before he left for Bhopal to be with his uncle. During his years of struggle in Delhi, he had to work as a cook, a rickshaw puller, a mason, an electrician, putting most of his earnings into buying art materials.Through his artistic journey of three decades, Venkat has integrated both modern and traditional stylistic influences in his work. Venkat has travelled extensively in India and to many European Countries, where his works have been exhibited. He was awarded the Rajya Hasta Shilpa Puraskar by the Madhya Pradesh Government in 2002. He was also the coordinator for an animated film of a Gond folktale, made by Tara Douglas, which won an award in the Tallest Story Competition in Scotland.