The idea of the exhibition was that small-sized pictures and sculptures, if they were cheap, could reach a wider audience of art lovers and eventually help create a real boom for art. To celebrate 77 years of the Progressive Painters’ Association, an exhibition of small format paintings and sculptures called Micro Trends 2021 has been organised. “Art is not a luxury and should be enjoyed by everyone. It’s not just for the rich. Generally, the public thinks that great works of art are expensive and unaffordable. Many don’t buy art just because of its size. Instead of buying larger artworks or sculptures at a huge price, this ongoing exhibition will allow art lovers to purchase paintings and sculptures for a small fee. We hope that this exhibition will reach more people. Small sculptures and works of art will change the way the majority of people see art,” S Saravanan, president of the Progressive Painters’ Association told DT Next.
The work of Gopinath The work of M Senathipathi
Twenty-three senior artists and new artists will participate in this fair and will each exhibit four works. “There will be small versions of acrylic on canvas, sculptures, metallic works, etc. We have compressed all works into a small format. Because some artists might not be able to do small format because of the vastness of their work,” he adds. The Progressive Painters Association (PPA) is one of the oldest arts organizations in India established by the late KCS Paniker in 1944. “PPA members are a healthy mix of eminent artists and up-and-coming talents, most of whom reside in the artists’ village of Cholamandal. We wanted the former association to grow and host interesting shows in various parts of the country,” Saravanan hopes. The exhibition is visible until April 30 in the Labernum and Indigo galleries, Cholamandal Artists Village, Injambakkam.