Young artists at NAC

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu
Young artists at NAC

Aug 18, 2014-

An exhibition currently being held at Nepal Art council, Babermahal, houses a collection of paintings created by a group of young art students. The show is an undertaking of the Sushila Arts Academy, which was established two years back and has been providing scholarships to young artists through the financial support of Tata Motors. The collection features works by nine students and has been supported by the Embassy of Israel. The students were mentored by artist Sunita Rana.

In a painting by Prakash Poudel titled Environment, a huge human foot donning an earth-printed shoe with a cityscape for a sole is stepping on a beautiful natural scene. This is Poudel’s symbolic take on how human activities and urbanisation is destroying nature.

Poudel, who is exhibiting his work for the first time, said, ‘’ I wanted to show people the perils of destroying our environment.’’

Suman Pariyar, a 13-year-old, another talented youngster, has captured scenes from rural-life in his work. He says that he is elated to have gotten the opportunity to showcase his talent through the exhibition.

Ambassador of Israel to Nepal Yaron Mayer had been invited as the chief guest of the event. He said that he was proud to be a part of the project, which has provided a platform for Nepali youngsters by giving them a chance to show their talent.

Artist Ragini Upadhaya Grela, the guest of honour at the event, said, “I am very happy with the young artists’ works and I applaud the academy for their contribution to the Nepali art scene.” Upadhyaya also announced that she would display the best three paintings of the exhibition in her upcoming exhibition in Belgium.

Yulia Koirala, the principal of Sushila Arts Academy, thanked all the supporters and well wishers and said that the credit for the show goes to the creative students for their sincere and dedicated effort in developing their art skill.  

Tapping into their creativity has obviously paid dividends for the artists. Fourteen-year-old participant, Aishwarya Sharma, greeted her visiting relatives with delight during the exhibition. ‘’I earned money today,’’ she explained to her grandfather. One customer had purchased her painting for Rs 2,000.

The exhibition is on till August 21

Published: 19-08-2014 09:33

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