Thursday, November 29, 2007

Khajuraho Lovers by Suhas Tavkar at Soho20/Chelsea Gallery

Khajuraho Lovers is in the October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month Calendar curated by Esther S. Kim (N*de of the day for October 28th). This is a letter from the artist.

Dear Ilene,

I am pleased to invite you as an art lover to view truly unique art form, the art of "Nakha Chitra." Nakha Chitra originated in ancient India and still exists in today's world. The "Small Works" show at SOHO20/Chelsea Gallery, November 29th - December 21, 2007 will be featuring a sample of my fingernail relief drawings. The opening reception will be on Saturday December 1st, 3-7 PM. I really believe that this ancient, unique and rarely known art form originated from the beginning of the human race.

Evidence shows that humans practiced etching on the soft wooden bark of trees or banana and lotus leaves with their fingernails. The art of fingernail etching may have started a long time ago and fingernail relief drawing may have started when humans started making paper. It seems that this has really become a lost art form. It's really surprising to see that not a single museum has ever done any research on this art form. In the history of art no one has ever mentioned the art of "Nakha Chitra" (Nakha means fingernail and Chitra means art in the Sanskrit language of the Hindus). But, I believe it is an art form that needs to admired and promoted....

Every living creature on earth is an artist and also a wonderful piece of art by itself...


Suhas Tavkar

The address of the gallery is:

511 West 25th Street, Suite 605
New York, N.Y. 10001

Reception: Saturday December 1st, 3-7 PM

For the barebrush October 2007 N*des-of-the-Month Calendar , click here

For a direct link to Khajuraho Lovers by Suhas Tavkar at, click here

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