Vsakhapatnam-based artist Neha Singh’s works represent a gamut of emotions

The works of Visakhapatnam resident artist Neha Singh are featured in an exhibition at Dys Art Gallery

The works of Visakhapatnam resident artist Neha Singh are featured in an exhibition at Dys Art Gallery

The works of artist Neha Singh represent different stages of emotions – from anger to the final victory of the human spirit over them. A fashion designer by training, Neha found her calling in art and decided to dive into the depths of this form of self-expression. Over the past 10 years, her muses in the form of divine beings, still lifes, and landscapes in the early years of her practice came to her all-time favorite subject: dragons. In recent years her works have included themes such as the navrasas and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Visakhapatnam-based artist’s works are currently on display at the Dys Art Gallery in Siripuram. During the show, Neha has showcased her works around three themes: dragon series, navrasa series and lockdown saga.

Works by artist Neha Singh in Visakhapatnam.

Works by artist Neha Singh in Visakhapatnam. † Photo credit: special arrangement

Neha explains her dragon series: “My very first muse was the majestic mythical creature, the dragon, and to this day remains my ultimate source of inspiration.” The artist examined the physical features of the dragon’s body in great detail in three portraits of the famous dragon, Saphira, from Christopher Paolini’s Eragon book series. “After examining the physiological nature and mental psyche of my beloved Saphira, I tried to further dissect her psychotic anger and equate it with the human mind,” she adds. Neha experimented with the technique of acrylic casting and created a series of seven abstract compositions in which the dragon became a metaphor for the anger in the human mind.

Works by artist Neha Singh in Visakhapatnam.

Works by artist Neha Singh in Visakhapatnam. † Photo credit: special arrangement

In the navrasa series, Neha explores the world of emotions in which she tried seven rasas through her works. “I used a combination of both direct and indirect image for each rasa attempting to use them symbolically to convey or evoke an emotion with a moral or social message,” she says. Trying to stay away from the conventional color palette that comes with every color rasa, the artist has used other colors instead. Most of the artwork in this series is made with oil paint and some with acrylic and mixed media.

Works by artist Neha Singh in Visakhapatnam.

Works by artist Neha Singh in Visakhapatnam. † Photo credit: special arrangement

During the lockdown phase of the pandemic, Neha spent her time in solitude reflecting on the circumstances and working on the Lockdown Saga series. She started with two watercolor artworks as a tribute to COVID fighters. “The subsequent artworks are a reaffirmation of the fact that we must stay at home not only for ourselves, but for the entire planet and only if we unite and do this together can we win the battle. Through my other two works in this series I’ve tried to convey that in order to flatten the curve, we have to follow all possible precautions and strategies that are laid out for us,” says Neha. The final artwork of the series is her attempt to keep both faith and hope alive at the end of the seemingly endless tunnel.

Neha’s works can be seen at Dys Art Gallery until April 21 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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