Posted on June 28, 2019

Art transcends cultural boundaries and acts as a strong binding force that unites people no matter where they are from, says Indian artist Surabhi Gaikwad.

“Art, I think, goes beyond culture, beyond nations. It’s just something which ties everyone together, it cannot be put in a box or define it. It’s boundless; it’s limitless,” Gaikwad told The Peninsula on the sidelines of the launch of  “Portraits” exhibition at Katara Cultural Village where she is displaying 18 of her latest works along with 13 paintings by prominent Qatari artist Ebtesam Al Saffar. The two-woman show, which runs until July 13, is hosted by Katara in line with the Qatar India 2019 Year of Culture, a Qatar Museums initiative that builds bridges between nations and promotes mutual understanding, recognition and appreciation between countries by inviting people to explore their cultural similarities, as well as their differences.

This is the first time Gaikwad, who has been living in Qatar for the past five years, is showcasing her art at Katara. Starting her artistic journey at a tender age of three, she has a Bachelors and Masters degree in Fine Arts major in Painting. In her works, the contemporary figurative painter depicts women of strength dressed in flamboyant fashionable costumes and accessories. “Most of my artworks are figurative where I’ve tried to portray women who are strong and independent. They know what they want and they’ve found their own narrative. Fashion comes into fit as these women express themselves through fashion, so most of the subjects of my paintings here are dressed in colourful clothes and funky sunglasses,” she explained.

Gaikwad sees more women artists playing a pivotal role in the art landscape. “There are quite a lot of women trying to find their own ground which is a good thing. They are trying to get opportunities also and everyone is getting equal chance; maybe a little more would be good,” she said. Works by Gaikwad have been featured in many exhibitions in India, Sri Lanka and Qatar, among others and are part of private collections in India, the US, Germany, Qatar and the UK.

The exhibition is open to the public until July 13 from 10am to 10pm at Gallery 2 of Building 19.

source: The Peninsula