Ranjan Kaul’s ‘Within, Without’ Solo Exhibition Preview Hosted at Visual Arts Gallery

Artist Ranjan Kaul hosted the preview of his fifth solo exhibition, ‘Within, Without,’ at Visual Arts Gallery. The preview was attended by art lovers and artists from the city, including Dr. Alka Pande, Georgina Maddox, Anandmoy Banerji, Sushanta Guha, Johnny ML, Anoop Kamath, Aakshat Sinha, Tariq Allana, Rajesh Deb, to name a few.

A multifaceted personality, Ranjan Kaul is a visual artist, art writer, and published author. He left his corporate job at the peak of his career to pursue his love for art. A self-taught artist, he has been passionate about art and literature since his early years, painting on weekends throughout his professional life.

Ranjan’s work at the exhibition

Through deeply nuanced and phantasmagorical paintings that use allegory, magic realism, metaphor, symbols, poetry, and mythology, “Within, Without” is Ranjan Kaul’s expression of what he views as a discordant, chaotic, and disrupted world. The works reflect the complexities of contemporary society, inured to realities and complacency by technology-based media narratives.

“The primary focus of this show is to give imaginative articulation to what I believe are the disruptive and disquieting conditions we are living in. These works are a reimagined umwelt of our times in which I use a range of devices and visual languages – from mythology and literary references to flora symbolism and human-animal hybrid characters,” says Ranjan Kaul.

He further adds, “I have explored a variety of styles, treatments, and choices of medium in consonance with my shifting thematic – from heavy, textured layers of acrylic using the palette knife, watercolor, mixed media, to working with thick brushstrokes using oil. I find sticking to a particular style or theme rather constricting. I thus remain free from conservative constraints that can inhibit an artist from innovating, discovering, learning. While my shows are thematically different, my oeuvre has a certain continuity where expression is concerned.”

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