Past Exhibition

  • Ponchi Kantt-Neaz - The Indian Folklore

    Monday 20 July 2015 to Thursday 30 July 2015
    • Ponchi Kantt-Neaz explains her work:

      "The paintings have been influenced by the traditional and ancient Indian art style known as ’Madhubani’. This art form dates back to centuries and believed to have evolved from a Hindu epic ‘Ramayana’- The story of King Ram written by a Hindu sage named ‘Valmiki’. The style prevails in the north eastern village named ‘Madhubani’. Traditionally, the art was performed using twigs and fingers with natural dyes as the medium, depicting nature or divine narratives. The exhibited artwork explores the folk culture of India, customary beliefs and portrays the enchanting colours of life from the emotional memories. India itself is symbolic of multitude of colours from traditional decors bearing the marigold to hues of red adorning the brides. Colours are symbolic of various beliefs and traditions. The pastels of the south of India to the reds and marigolds from the north bring the kaleidoscope of togetherness folding in the common and religious beliefs. Madhubani paintings classically display a mix of colours, borders, patterns, fineness , deities and mythical views.

      "Ever since I have been an adolescent, I have been fascinated by this ancient art form. The key characteristics- colour, free form and the story telling nature stimulates my spirit to configure these paintings. The configurations are aimed to bring insight into the heritage of the Indian culture and revival or perhaps, introduction to traditional Indian art.

      "I am a madhubani artist purely by passion. I was born in North of India and learnt the art style in my early years using mix media. Majority of my work is focussed on Madhubani with recent works infused with contemporary art. Other collections include The Hinglish Dialect, Move On and Inspire available to view at The Hive, 230, High Street, Gateshead or visit for a glimpse."