The Train of Thought Gallery
Have you ever wondered whether art is real? If you think positive my friends, then you have found your way to one of Bangalore’s oldest art galleries to favour the beautiful work of fifty talented artists.
Situated in the vicinity of Cubbon Park, the first thing that catches your eyes is the colonial architecture of the building than reminds you of the princely times during the king’s rule. With initiative from the Government of Mysore, the building was completed in 1975. The Venkatappa Art Gallery (VAG) functions as a museum as well as a gallery.
K. Venkatappa was a pioneer painter and sculptor was born into a family of court painters in Mysore. The vision of realism seen in his artwork is a worthy mention. The depiction of his landscape paintings of Ooty, Mysore and Kodaikanal in different moods and seasons are classics by themselves in the class of art. The sensitiveness in his watercolour paintings are said to be one of the finest examples.
VAG is a space that artists pride to showcase their talents. 50 Shades of Black and White was an art exhibition held for a week over two batches to display artwork. Artists from all around the Garden City had set out their paintings in this ambient gallery. Covering scopes of nature, portraits, abstract and landscapes, artists have used different styles and mediums such as acrylic, oil, charcoal, water colours, paper-cutting, lino print, pencil and ink on canvas and hand-made paper.
Ravindran, a techie at Infosys is an art-enthusiast. “This is my first time at this gallery and I am awed by the history and cultures of South-India,” says Ravindran. “The paintings here were exquisite and I was also fascinated by the remains from Tippu’s era in the museum,” added Ravindran.
The museum also holds artefacts from the 17th and 18th Century. Paint relics from places such as Basholi, Tanjor, Bundhelkhand, Deccan and Mysore are on display throughout the year. Most of them have inscriptions in either Sanskrit or Arabic. The museum also has a wide-range display of weaponry, clay ornaments, musical instruments, wood carvings, cloth paintings, and megalith and microlith figures from the Circa Time Period. It also has a space dedicated to selling insightful books on archaeology.
Meghana, a home-maker visited the gallery with her family. “The minute attention to details in some of the exhibited paintings was of great influence” says Meghana. “The notion “Positivity leads to peace” has taught me a lot,” added Meghana.