A Bird Call – A solo exhibition by Delhi based Artist, Educator and Conservationist, Rupa Samaria A silent call for help through an exhibition of stimulating avian artworks

What: A Bird Call – A solo exhibition by Delhi based Artist, Educator and Conservationist- Rupa Samaria
Where: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Institutional Area, Lodi Colony, New Delhi – 110003
When: Opening on Monday, March 14th 2022. The exhibition will be on view till 23rd March 2022.
Time: 11:00am to 7:00pm
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A Bird Call – A solo exhibition by Delhi based Artist, Educator and Conservationist, Rupa Samaria
A silent call for help through an exhibition of stimulating avian artworks

This art exhibition showcases myriads of birds from India and other parts of the world. Birds have always fascinated me for their uniqueness and their striking plumage. My art in vibrant and vivid watercolours depicts these sprightly creatures. The exhibition draws from the album of birds and fires up the imagination through exaggerated brilliant brushstrokes and hues. ‘A Bird Call’ celebrates these beautiful beings as well as creates awareness about the danger birds face today. It is their silent cry for help.

In this exhibition, while we explore the avian world through lifelike imagery and stunning colours, we also understand the vulnerability of endangered birds and their homes. The exhibition is an endeavour to give a voice to birds that are fast disappearing today and thus the show’s subject is very close to my heart. It is my hope that perhaps one day, everyone will be able to understand that the beautiful precious creatures that they take for granted are in danger of becoming extinct.

In India, the illegal trade of protected bird species has been going on for years. Owls, especially, have been on the receiving end of this for they are sought for their body parts like skulls, talons, beaks, feathers, and even blood—a practice driven by irrational myths. Meanwhile, sparrows are being rendered homeless due to the modern ‘matchbox style’ architecture that makes it difficult for the bird to build nests. Thanks to us these birds have been pushed to the brink of extinction. It’s high time we do something to save them. Knowledge like this also helps the public to understand why it’s so serious when a bird species declines or goes extinct. It’s not just a pretty bird disappearing thousands of miles away – it’s the loss of a vital component in a complex web of interactions. Without it, the whole ecosystem may fall.

While artist Rupa Samaria gives a voice to the birds’ silent call for help through her solo exhibition of 50-60 stimulating and mesmerizing avian artwork at Visual Arts Gallery, IHC from March 14 till March 23, 2022, March 20th has been especially reserved for the World Sparrow Day. Some of her artwork encompasses the beauty of these humble birds and is a reminder that they are fast declining in the concrete jungles of our cities.

The aim of this show is to re-discover a world inhabited by one of the most familiar, unique and precious creatures that inhabit our planet—birds. The artwork focuses on startling detail to colour, line, form and composition. It’s a reminder of our precious connection to the natural world.

Delhi based, Rupa Samaria’s artwork showcases her passion for birds and wildlife conservation. Her goal is to depict the magnificence and fragility of birds in equal measure. Rupa works across various mediums such as watercolours, acrylic, charcoal, and even sculpture and interactive art, to depict the various moods, poses and habitats of birds found across the Indian subcontinent like owls, sparrows, kingfishers, and numerous other native birds. She brings to life her spectacular subjects through intricate detail, brilliant hues and loving creativity.

“My avian art comes from my love for these creatures, who I love to paint using my brush and sculpt using my hands, a process which gives me immense gratification as an artist. Moreover, we should be alarmed at the statistics of the recent State of India’s Birds report, which show a decline in the number of house sparrows in cities. I believe the time to act is now,” says Rupa Samaria.

The exhibition is supported by noted Ornithologist, Author, and Conservationist Bikram Grewal along with Photographer, Author, and Conservationist Nikhil Devasar, Former Principal and Education Coordinator, Notre Dame Schools, Sr. Mary Beena and Author, Educator & Conservationist Hema Maira. “Rupa Samaria is a fine practitioner of the dying art of ornithological paintings and a worthy successor to artists like DV Cowen, JP Irani and Carl D’silva,” states Bikram Grewal.

“Rupa’s work brings to mind Oscar Wilde’s quote ‘Life imitates art far more than art imitates life.’ Her paintings have given creative expression to the avian world. These works of art are moments frozen in time that enthuse the viewer to discover what lies in the natural world and the need to protect it,” adds Nikhil Devasar.

Along with the exhibition, Rupa Samaria will be hosting an hour-long session on 21st March, Sunday, 2022 between 11.30 am-12.30 pm titled ‘Walk and Talk’ with conservationist Hema Maira and storytelling by Ananya Mitra. It will be an introduction to the fascinating world of birds for children under 14 years and there will be an interactive presentation of the intriguing facts about sparrows, their life, and their habitat

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