The Navya Naveli Gallery under the amazing effort of Amrita Kochhar had organised a solo show of Sukhlal who is cook by profession “Beyond Hope and Horizon”- Art Works by Artist Sukhlal organized recently. This show was to promote artist Sukhlal for achieving his dream of becoming an artist.Sukhlal having no formal training in Fine Art but still he manage to paint and draw.The Gallery with the help of Amrita Kochhar has taken a noble initiative to promote Sukhlal an underprivileged artist and give him a platform where he can show his hidden talent.
The show was Curated by Maite Deltiel and Sakti Burman.
Whatever the funds they received from selling the artworks went to Sukhlal for his career and future said Gallery Founder Amrita Kochhar.
This show was curated by Maïté Delteil and Sakti Burman. Eminent artist Anjolie Ela Menon, Arpana Kaur, Binoy Varghese ,Vimmi Indra and many other was part of the inauguration ceremony.
However, in order to understand who Sukhlal is and why we should see his work, a little introspection is needed.
With esteemed Artist Maite Delteil in our recent show “ Beyond hope n horizon “ with Amrita Kochhar
In my understanding of life and its ways, the primary thing that I have discovered is that it is indifferent towards individuals. It works on its own, never cares what it puts us through. However, seldom I get to see a part of life that leaves me speechless. It changes my entire conception and makes me question it altogether. Something like that happened to me when I discovered Sukhlal. An artist by soul and a cook by profession.
His story, as told by Mrs.Maite Deltiel, her employer:
“Sukhlal has been our cook for more than one year now. Living with us made him discover a new profession. Silently, he started to draw figures. l suppose it is my driver who is the boss who showed us his first sketch and then we provided the equipment regularly because immediately we found his drawings very interesting. They were always full of life, very expressive, always different, showing singular postures.”
According to Mrs. Maite Deltiel, in Sukhlal’s way of working we could see he has the main qualities necessary to become an artist: Working hard, Perseverance, Imagination, liking to try different media, different supports and not afraid to undertake. However perhaps the best quality of Sukhlal is that he never seemed afraid of difficulty; instead he managed it with a kind of happy obstinacy
According to Ms. Amrita Kochhar, Founder of the Navya Naveli Gallery: “this art exhibition is being organized only to promote Sukhlal as an artist as he is underprivileged. This is not at all a commercial art exhibition but to support artist Sukhlal who is even happy to have the stroke of his brush with colour. He loves art and finds an escape but to support him none of the galleries where He is a cook and do not have enough money to even paint. So we are organising this exhibition to promote him and from this exhibition whatever we are going to earn, we will give the whole amount to Sukhlal for his better career in art.while discovering Sukhlal’s work and his journey We discovered the journey of creativity, passion and hard work of a young boy with no formal training in art. His journey is that of hard work, belief in oneself and the sheer desire to paint. The brilliant use of colour, the effortless strokes of the brush, the intricate detailing and story behind each work itself describes Sukhlal perspective and love for art and promises greater horizons and hope.”
When all is said and done, Sukhlal is an artist in his mind and soul, and artists like him should be celebrated because their stories tell us about a beautiful dream that broke the horizon of our mundane life.