The rich and multi-coloured culture of Rajasthan is reflected by the region’s art and proudly exhibited in the numerous contemporary galleries in Jaipur, Jodhpur and Udaipur. Local artists manage to combine their rich cultural heritage – folkloristic motifs or allusions to the Maharajas – with India’s astounding urban boom and new socio-economic factors that haunt the country. This curated selection of galleries showcases the best contemporary art spaces in Rajasthan.
Jaipur | Gallery Artchill
One of the biggest and most pioneering contemporary art galleries in India, Artchill Art Gallery became active on the Jaipur art scene in 1994, as a space where upcoming Rajasthani artists could express their creativity. Today it features the work of both recognised and young, emerging Indian painters. Located at the top of the hill within Amber Fort, Jaipur’s famous heritage monument, it provides a visually and spiritually unique experience. On its premises, the Eternity Museum showcases national art treasures, such as the original artworks of Jamini Roy and Ram Kinker, alongside a collection of works by Paritosh Sen, Karmakar, Gue, Shamshad, and many other prominent Indian painters.
Jaipur | Naila Art Gallery
A meeting point for art lovers and critics, Naila Art Gallery showcases the works of several distinguished artists, which range from traditional to abstract art in various mediums and eclectic styles. Managers of the gallery and accomplished artists Thakur Dushyant Singh and Thakurani Usha Sing are among them. Located within the premises of the Naila Bagh Palace, one of Jaipur’s heritage hotels, this tranquil art space provides a stunning natural environment and welcomes artists wishing to stay and work in its peaceful ambience – in fact, the gallery aims to become a peaceful space of symbiosis for artists and their audiences.
Jodhpur | Kaman Art Gallery
In an effort to promote innovative artistic trends and achieve a global perspective and Indian ethos within art, Kaman Art Gallery has held several significant exhibitions over the years, featuring some of the most gifted and exceptional artists on India’s contemporary art scene. Founded by Mitendra Singh, the gallery displays original artworks as well as prints and sculptures, executed in different mediums ranging from charcoal and pastels to bronze and stone. Kaman Art space successfully ventures to popularise the vibrant and eclectic art creations of brilliant Indian artists living and working across the world.
Jodhpur | Palette Art Gallery
The first contemporary art gallery in Rajasthan, Palette Art Gallery is one of a kind, its unique collection of marvellous paintings showing off a richness of colour and idea. Visitors to the gallery soon realise that ‘art is and will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.’ The gallery portrays different kinds of art from all over the country, from miniature paintings, wood craft and ceramic, to iron and many more. Its inspiring collection is the fruit of its skilled and experienced artists, who are renowned not only in India but also abroad. The gallery’s meticulously designed products seem to reflect the regal Jodhpur’s complex heritage.
Udaipur | Kamal Sharma Art Gallery
Kamal Sharma was established by an artist with a vision; the skilful and adaptable creative mind behind the venture, Kamal Sharma, took Udaipurian art one step further by developing traditional sketches and portraits into 3D paintings, using mainly oil, acrylic and watercolours. Kamal Sharma Art Gallery often hosts exhibits of its founder’s latest abstract art creations, as well as his extraordinary marble paintings and artefacts. This deeply experimental artist has participated in several national and international exhibitions in an effort to carry forward – and update – the great legacy of his ancestors.
Udaipur | Pristine Art Gallery
Pristine Art Gallery exhibits a wide-ranging collection of the best picks from Udaipur’s rich crop of contemporary artists. It specialises in many small pieces by Shail Choyal, a guru of contemporary Indian painting, alongside many other highlights, such as the work of Shahid Parvez, a local fine artist. The paintings here represent a clear attempt to bring out humour, which comes from the perception and depiction of the incongruities of existence that are always present in folk and tribal art forms. However, Pristine also manages aptly to convey the flux of modern existence, as well as to fathom new aesthetics and contemporary urbanity.
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