KYNKYNY

Contemporary Indian Art since 2004

KYNKYNY was founded in 2004 by the husband and wife duo Namu Kini and Vivek Radhakrishnan. With an aim to make the fascinating world of Indian art more accessible to the world, KYNKYNY supports emerging and established artists – offering a highly curated selection of original and authentic artworks. Since its inception, KYNKYNY has worked with over 300 artists from all over India and has shipped its art across the globe; from Dubai and Lithuania to Australia and Brazil.

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BIRDSONG A Solo Exhibition By Manish Chavda

Retreat into a hidden forest located somewhere between reality and imagination where dreamlike birds and landscapes evoke a deep pervasive calm

KYNKYNY’S latest exhibition featuring contemporary artist Manish Chavda (on view from 20 May 2024 to 14 June 2024) is an inspired celebration of birds and nature. The profusely coloured birds in various shapes and sizes that occupy his oils on canvas – sometimes solitary and mostly in pairs – are quietly self-contained and radiate a sense of peace, spaciousness and calm. The brightly pigmented, ethereal avians resemble bulbuls, sparrows, peacocks and sunbirds. But on closer inspection it becomes evident that they are creations of Chavda’s meditations and imaginings. Equally enigmatic are the settings that the birds perch in. There is a sense of nowhere-ness to the landscapes that he crafts, situated on the threshold between spaces – real/imagined, natural/mystical, inner/outer.

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Birds have been at the heart of Chavda’s art – a fascination which he traces back to his childhood spent in Gujarat, where he grew up watching indigenous and migrant birds. The Jamnagar-based artist also retreats to the Himalayas every year, where he spends time in nature and contemplation. It is this abiding connection with the natural world and its inhabitants as a source of tranquility and spiritual connection that is transmitted through his paintings. Nature is not just a physical habitat, but a feeling and a state of mind that we carry within. It is a doorway to access the inner world and a place to retreat, pause and still ourselves.

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 60 X 30  | ₹413,000 (+12% GST for sales within India)   |  MAC63

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 48 X 48  | SOLD   |  MAC51

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 35 X 35  | SOLD   |  MAC60

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 26 X 26  | SOLD   |  MAC57

Like islands of stillness, the minimalist compositions create a meditative experience and evoke inspired reflection. The birds in the artworks are always few in number, as they nestle between translucent leaves that open up like natural mandalas. Soft gradations in a multitude of layers and textures create a feeling of flow in sparsely populated oils on canvas. Tissue-fine leaves, shrubs and delicate flowers in a sea of muted mauve, pale green, lavender and peacock blue are fluidly rendered as they unfurl in patterns around the birds – intersecting, merging, concealing and revealing.

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 36 X 36  | SOLD  |  MAC65

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 54 X 35  | ₹434,000 (+12% GST for sales within India)   |  MAC66

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 72 X 36  | ₹594,000 (+12% GST for sales within India)   |  MAC62

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 24 X 24  | SOLD  |  MAC58

Chavda usually chooses a base colour and then explores it at every level of transparency, from nearly black to practically white, through the spectrum. Probing every possible variation through oil, he builds texture through colour as much as his deft, delicate brushstrokes. Like listening to a song or poem, the experience is one of gradual movement and transitions – from soft washes to firm brush strokes, from diaphanous forms to sharply focused details that create a reflective mood of uninterrupted reverie and uncover the inner life of things. The contemplative artworks are not documentative. Rather they are invitations to feel the healing presence of nature and appreciate ephemeral moments of beauty. Leaving the chaotic notes of modern life behind, the dreamlike images are conduits that lead us into the mysterious depths that lie beneath the surface where we can discover the deeper essence of life and a serenity that is otherwise difficult to find in our daily routines. In Chavda’s art, nature functions as more than a physical retreat, and submerges us into the wilderness that lies within.

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 25 X 25  | ₹144,000 (+12% GST for sales within India)   |  MAC59

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 24 X 24  | SOLD   |  MAC55

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 24 X 24  | SOLD   |  MAC54

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 24 X 24  | SOLD   |  MAC56

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  | 24 X 24  | SOLD   |  MAC53

Manish Chavda  |  Untitled  |  Oil on canvas  |18 X 18  | SOLD   |  MAC64