'The Healing' by Milburn Cherian (a section of the painting) is a sterling example of the artist's skill. It was a highlight of Trilogy, where she showed her work alongside that of long-time artist friend, Paul B
'The Healing' by Milburn Cherian (a section of the painting) is a sterling example of the artist's skill. It was a highlight of Trilogy, where she showed her work alongside that of long-time artist friend, Paul B

Trilogy by Paul B and Milburn Cherian showcased at Nine Fish Art Gallery in Mumbai

Nine Fish Art Gallery at the New Great Eastern Mills in Byculla, Mumbai, presents Trilogy in association with Dot Line Space

Despite the heavy downpour, art aficionados in Mumbai went out of their way to cheer artists Paul B and Milburn Cherian as they unveiled their joint exhibition – Trilogy – at the Nine Fish Art Gallery housed within the New Great Eastern Mills in Byculla. Curated by Gourmoni Das, the show brings together two artist friends who are more firmly connected by the presence of the Divine in their art.

The curator’s note throws more light on the show: Down the centuries has come to us one of the most exquisite and beautiful traditions in art: the expressions of the presence of the Divine.  Artists have grappled with this across the world in various ages and places, bringing into artistic materiality the ephemeral nuances of such a sublime belief.  Various religions have tried in their own ways to bring into colour and sound what was missing in physicality. Nine Fish brings into its gallery the Christian strains of Divine Art through the works of two outstanding contemporary artists, Milburn Cherian and Paul B.  Both have distinct styles and forms; their works speak volumes for themselves.

Cherian is well known in the international art circuits for the sheer complexity and skill of her canvases.  “As Carmel Berkson so insightfully points out, to first encounter them is to be transported into a fantastical world of possibilities wherein we are stimulated simultaneously to exercise our own emotional, visual, structuring functions,” observes the gallery spokesperson.

Paul B and Milburn Cherian, flanked by the gallerists, pose against one of Paul B's characteristic works at the Nine Fish Art Gallery during their joint exhibiition titled Trilogy

“Paul B, on the other hand, draws deeply and sensitively from the tremendous Byzantine tradition and makes the art all his own.  Entranced with the use of gold leafing, archival paper, wood and glass, the works are nuanced with a sense of contemporariness without losing the sense of the longer tradition - they dazzle and engage viewers with their colours and delicate lines. Paul's works are part of the permanent collections of many private collectors worldwide as well as that of The Museum of Sacred Art in Brussels.”

The peeling walls and cavernous rooms of the disused mills are a perfect foil to the works of these artists. By popular demand, the show has been extended until the end of this week, so catch it if you can. And if you can’t, you could always call the gallery on +91 8655042300/9769531626 or email them at ninefishartgallery@gmail.com for more information

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