Prologue by Senior Journalist Lalita Bapat

Every reason to express through an art has no language barriers.

Painting is the language in which artist, curator and art critic Neeta Pathare converse… the colours then become her words and she express through the painted canvases.  Art is the reason of her being and she took it up as her profession in spite of her educational background in Statistics and computer software.

Since 2003, her work has been exhibited across India, Dubai and U.S.A. She has also been invited as a Judge for several painting competitions in schools and colleges.

Neeta’s art went through a transformation over these years and she found her voice when she was able to transcend the pain of the feminine world through her paintings. Cesar Cruz has once said that “Art should comfort the disturbed and disturb the comfortable” and these words soon became her inspiration.  While the subject of her paintings was able to draw attention to the disturbing social issues that women are facing in our society, the use of colours and the visual presentation was able to replenish hope and comfort the audience.

Pursuing a diploma of “Art Criticism and Theory” from Mumbai’s one of the most prestigious institutes – “Jnanpravaha” helped her enhance her understanding of different aspects of art and at the same time she felt the need of creating a knowledgeable and well-informed audience for the art.  This inspired her to start “COBALT Arts” to explore new avenues to bring art closer to the audience and making available the platform to the emerging artists along with senior artists and “Masters”.

“Cobalt arts” depicts Neeta’s favourite blue colour – colour of deep sea – expression of deep thoughts and endless love –endless clean clear blue sky.

Cobalt Art’s inaugural exhibition is at auditorium, Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai from 25th Aug to  31st Aug 2015. Contemporary artists like Manoj Sakale, parag Borse, Pradeep Shinde, Ganesh Tyde, Debendu Ukil, Girish Udkude, Gunjan Cowlagi, Varsha Vyas, Madhumitta Bhattacharya, Neeti Hegde, Shuvendu Sarkar, Abhijeet Shinde, Dilip Dudhane, ashok Bhowmik and senior artists and masters like Jogen Chowdhary, Sunil Das, John Fernandes, Prokash Karmakar, Atul dhodia & Paresh Maity are part of this exhibition.

                                                                                                                                                         Lalita Bapat.

Senior writer & Jouranalist.

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