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Drawn to Life

Sketchbooks of Rini Dhumal
Ina Puri

DRAWING THE LINE is the oldest form of visual artistic expression known to man, from pre-historic cave drawings onwards.

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DRAWING THE LINE is the oldest form of visual artistic expression known to man, from pre-historic cave drawings onwards.
Every culture in the world, across continents and time-frames, has a rich store of traditional art which is drawing-based.

The ‘power of the line’ to enclose or open up space, create or suggest form, is almost infi nite. And the artist uses drawing in an infi nite number of ways. Some might draw as practice, to strengthen or develop technique, to keep private visual notes, as experimental and exploratory exercises; others make a drawing as a fi nished work in its own right. Rini Dhumal does all of the above. One only has to look through her sketchbooks to see this.

Piles of sketchbooks yield a forest of pages covered with drawings that cross years and continents—bold, stark, or delicate and nuanced; washed softly in colour, textured, or simple black and white; dreamlike, fantastical, or keenly observed in documentary detail. As one leafs through them, whole worlds emerge. There is history here, and geography, nature and culture. Ornamental or religious motifs, mythical fi gures, half-animal–half-human, monuments and places of worship, human life in all its chaos, swirl and spill from these decades of drawings—a fl ood of memories undammed.
Drawing upon a storehouse of historical details, the splendours of her childhood, and anecdotal references from various travels, Rini Dhumal creates a vivid aesthetic in her art-making.

INA PURI is an author, columnist, curator and documentarian. Her books include In Black and White, a defi nitive biography of the painter Manjit Bawa, and Journey with a Hundred Strings, the memoir of santoor maestro Pandit Shiv Kumar Sharma.

ANJOLIE ELA MENON is among India’s leading contemporary artists. She has created a name for herself in the domestic as well as international art scene. Her works in oil and mixed media are part of signifi cant museum, private and corporate collections across the globe. She is the recipient of the Padma Shri Award for her contribution to the arts.

ANJUM KATYAL is a writer, editor and translator who has been chief editor of Seagull Books, Calcutta. A published poet, she also sings the blues and writes on theatre and the visual arts, and is currently co-director, Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival.

Contributions by Anjolie Ela Menon, Ina Puri, Anjum Katyal, Rini Dhumal and Photographs by Mahesh Padia

• Foreword
• Drawn to Life
• Drawing the Line
• Fragments of Memory: The Sketchbooks
• Artist Biography
• Acknowledgements
ISBN 9788189995539
Pages 216
Number of illustrations 178 colour and b/w
Size 10 x 11.5" (254 x 292 mm), hc
Date of Publishing 2014
Language(s) English
Co-publisher(s) Mapin
Rights Available World rights

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