Al Majlis Art Cafe showcases works of two women artists

February 06, 2017

H E Indra Mani Pandey, India's Ambassador to Oman inaugurated WoW (Wednesdays on Wall) art exhibition at City Seasons Hotel Muscat last week.

Paintings by Muscat-based artists Deepal Gheewala and Pragya Bhatnagar are on display at Al Majlis Art Cafe till February 28 under the theme, ‘The Duo’.

Speaking about her work and background as an artist, Deepal said, “I started perusing art in 1999 as a hobby just to relieve pressure from work. Back then in India, I was working as a technical writer which used to stress me out.

“Since then, there was no going back. I went deeper and deeper to learn all kinds of art till 2006.”

After her marriage, Deepal shifted to Oman and found employment at Shah Nagardas Manji as an artist. “Since then I have been working with them organising art classes, competitions and many other things related to art.”

Deepal said she was also associated with Mona Lisa Art Club, a part of American Women’s Group. She exhibited her works there and at the Paragon Arts. “So, almost after a decade I’ve got this wonderful opportunity to display my work again with my friend.”

She added, “My style varies according to my mood. But I love to do a lot of intricate work with markers and liners...and also mirror work. I love experimenting with mediums mixing and combining two or three mediums. I like doing portraits too, realistic and abstract or combining both forms.

“It’s all about experiments on the canvas, paper or any base. I have been very lucky to get my hobby turned into a profession.”

“Yes it relaxes you a lot...art has a soothing effect on mind. You feel good when you can bring your emotions to canvas.”

Pragya also spoke about her passion for art.

“I have been painting for over ten years. Since childhood, I was always busy capturing nature and environment in my art book. I did textile designing after schooling and later on served many leading textile companies. I rediscovered my passion for painting when I moved to the sultanate over 11 years ago.

“For me, painting is a state of meditation. My work is a reflection of how I observe and interpret things and happenings around me. My rich experience in textiles has helped me develop a wonderful sense of colour and composition.

“My concepts and ideas are inspired from my real life experiences and reflect my exposure to various cultures. Omani traditions and heritage have left a lasting impression on me and most of my work is inspired by them.

“This exhibition displays a wide variety of my work – intricate designs, Islamic art, silk thread painting, abstract and contemporary art – on different mediums.”

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