Painting landscapes in black

Painting landscapes in black
Subina Aurora Khaneja's painting.

A trip to Mount Kailash in Tibet three years ago made Ms Subina Arora Khaneja realise just how disconnected from nature humans are.

She was drawn to the portrayal of the mountain's ridges in art, juxtaposed with its place in Vedic heritage as the culmination of pilgrimages for seekers of the eternal truth.

Like those truth-seekers, she is driven by the need to find answers to questions like who we are and where we come from, which she explores through the medium of art.

Ms Khaneja, who has a diploma in textile design and worked as a graphic designer, started her journey in art 10 years ago. She was fascinated by the practice of abstractions in art, where the form of an object is removed, leaving only its essence behind.

Inspired by pastels, that was the medium she initially chose, moving on to oil paints from there. "Studying and working with oils inspired me, while the potential to explore rhythms and patterns of nature with them fascinated me," she explained.

Over the last 10 years, she has worked with various art teachers to learn different mediums and methods. Today, she uses oils on canvas to explore the fluidity of the medium.

Her first solo exhibition, form::formless, presents her meditations on Mount Kailash. She also muses on the compulsion to never use black when painting landscapes, exploring the depths and tones of black and its manifestation with different colours.


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