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Since its inception in 1997, Forum Art Gallery founded by artist Shalini Biswajit stands today as one of the country’s distinguished and well-defined center of contemporary art promoting paintings, sculpture, photography, cartoon art, new media and installation art.

With several well documented and curated shows to its credit in India and abroad with participation in Art Fairs, the gallery pledges to promote young and established artists to create a greater drive towards the popularization of the arts.

Forum endeavors to bring art into the everyday lives of people through ARTINK its unique art education program for children and adults. Being associated with charitable organizations and hospitals Forum reaches out to physically challenged and terminally ill children and imparts art therapy to facilitate healing and well being making it a unique gallery in the Indian visual artscape.

Celebrating 15 years of art, Forum continues to strive beyond the commercial, to be of value to society, to have a wider reach implementing its philosophy of art education, service and awareness. Forum’s commitment to excellence remains its foremost priority and looks forward to ICE- Innovation, collaboration and exposure in the national and international art market.

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ART THERAPY
 
Forum Art Gallery helps children access their artistic creativity to encourage relaxation and experience joy. Forum, in its stride to extend art to those who need it most, those who can befit from its healing powers imparts art therapy as a tool and aide to deal with life's challenges. 
 
Art is a universal visual language spoken and understood by all. 
 
It is a strong communication tool that can portray a gamut of emotions.
 
Any one willing to sit down for a few minutes can enjoy the poetry and verse of art, the joy that resounds as every syllable is muttered, expressed and delivered. 
 
Engaging in activities that explore Colours, textures, magazine pictures, shapes and mediums that have a strong non-verbal component, the creations will effortlessly bypass conditioned verbal patterns and outline that which lies deep within. 
 
That which lies deep within has a power to heal. The power to deal with emotions, stress, disease, pain and suffering that by itself becomes therapeutic.
 
In today's global world, challenges are hurled at speeds faster than meteors. 
 
The singularly most important tool that can shape thought processes is art. It can relieve stress, tap into creative energy and simply enable a person to have a great time. 
 
In a therapy session, the type of photos chosen by the kids speak of the range of emotions they have yet to express verbally. Some choose photographs that depict loneliness others symbols of beauty. For kids with cancer, one can only imagine how hard it is to express how they truly feel. The process of thinking, choosing and creating an image in and of itself is healing. At so many levels images blast in front of our eyes and we take these images for granted.The children are steered towards higher awareness and healing by using art as a communication medium.
 
The therapy may include trying to get the patient (and maybe even their families) to narrate their life stories and emotions. It results in a purging or cathartic effect but there's a certain purity in the knowing and acknowledging, a subtle dance between the listener and narrator. 
 
Certainly, a lot of the therapy is subject to mixed interpretation.However,at the end of a session when the child displays a smile, an expression of pure joy and pride at the sight of his creation, an art work that reflects more than emotions can express, the therapy can be deemed as complete and effective.

 

Who We Are?

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    shalini-sareeShalini Biswajit (b 1965)

    Shalini Biswajit is a painter and a sculptor and Director of Forum Art Gallery. She has a master's degree in Fine Arts from Stella Maris College, Chennai graduating first in the University.

    Shalini then went on to do several courses in Interior Design at New York School of Interior Design. It opened a whole new world of challenges and spaces that ultimately lead to the birth of Forum Art Gallery in 1997, a passionate representation of her love for art, space and free spirit. At Forum, Shalini delivers a holistic art experience – art exhibitions, art consultation, art education and art therapy.

    Shalini has exhibited her works widely in India, and abroad. Some selected solo and group shows that she has participated in are Salon de Printemps 2002,2003, 2005 Lyon, France Reclaimed, Forum Art Gallery and The British Council, Chennai, 2004, The Feminine Eye ,Galerie Sara Arakkal, Bangalore, 2005 ,Women@rt, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai,2006, WoManEyes, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai and The Nehru Centre, London,2007 and  Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, 2007, The Madras Canvas I and II, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai 2007, 2008, Detached Attachment, Vienna Virginia,2008, Feminine ‘I’, Art Space the gallery , Kuala Lumpur 2009, The MadrasCanvas at ICC Kuala Lumpur 2010, Present in the Past, Tajmount Road Chennai 2010  and Ever at Rest, solo show at Kalakriti Gallery Hyderabad,2010, Art Bazaar, New York 2011 and Heart of Sculpture for Art Chennai, 2011 and 2012. She also exhibited her work at The India Art Festival, Mumbai 2011. She is represented by Jain Maronouchi Gallery NewYork and has shown her sculptures at Lana Santorelli Gallery in New Jersey. She was part of The Modern Masters, a group collective at Gnani Arts, Singapore in 2011.

    Shalini has illustrated a children’s book titled King and Kiang for Tulika Publishers, 2007 and Oxford University Press, Pakistan.

    Her paintings and sculpture can be seen in public collections all over Tamil Nadu at Madras Race Club, Madras Club, Savera Hotel, Chennai, Apollo Hospitals Chennai and Bangalore and ABM Amro Bank, Chennai , A.B.Mauri, Bangalore. Shalini's sculpture Aspiration in stainless steel has been commissioned and installed at Kongu Engineering College, Perundurai in 2005. Her sculpture titled Marina Series in mild steel installed on the IT highway has been commissioned by Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation in 2006.

    At Forum Art Gallery, Shalini has curated several shows from 2002 and takes art closer to people through workshops, art and craft classes, symposiums and art therapy sessions.

    Shalini was the Chairperson (2011 – 2012) of Ficci Ladies Organisation (FLO) Chennai Chapter and is also a member of International Woman’s Organisation IWA and Crafts Council of India.

    Shalini's love for nature, exercise and adventure has taken her on several treks in the Himalayan region like, Chomolhari Trek Bhutan, Dzongri - Goechala Trek that takes one closest to the Mt. Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Sikkim, Valley of Flowers Uttaranchal, Silent Valley in South India besides trekking in the Western Ghats. Her trek to The Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar in Nepal has inspired the Ever at Rest series of paintings. Shalini has walked The West Highland Way in Scotland and has also summited Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. She is a travel enthusiast and also an avid photographer and has taken several photographs of her travels. Many of her artworks have been evolved from her travels and experiences.

    Shalini lives with her cartoonist husband Biswajit Balasubramanian in Chennai.

     

     

     

     
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    Biswajit Balasubramanian

    Biswajit Balasubramanian (b.1963)

    Biswajit is a caboodler - has been and always will be. The passion with which he caboodles reflects in his endearing characters - layered with humour to give life to a happy congregation of people that populate his art. His animated train of thought portrays socially inspired situations with graphic detail. He excavates deep for the ‘invisible’ to appear and it does…with such clarity that it is almost shocking in its innate simplicity. Biswajit's eye is trained to peel away the layers, one by one, and to reveal in its simplicity a constellation of characters engaged in the ‘drama of life’. To express the maximum in the most minimalist of terms is a challenge that Biswajit straddles with ease. A cartoonist’s caboodle is a collective narrative that essays the sensitivity of the creator. With Biswajit, narrative is infused with thought-provoking stories that never fail to leave a smile or giggle on the face of the beholder!

    For Biswajit as a cartoonist, transitioning from a flat surface to a three dimensional sculptures in fibreglass has been an exciting foray that brings to life his world of characters. His sculptures explore social themes and the Divine and are presented in contemporary parlance.

    Biswajit Balasubramanian’s professional career as a cartoonist began in 2002 when his pocket cartoon was featured in the Chennai based bi-monthly newspaper Madras Musings for ten years. The work spread over three years was published in 2005 as a compilation, titled Chennai Latte-A Madras Brew, which he co-authored with Ranjitha Ashok. He also worked with almost all newspapers in Chennai. His weekly strip cartoon, titled Mallini appeared in The Hindu-Retail Plus for two years. His cartoons have also appeared in several lifestyle magazines such as Frappe, and 2nd REEL, a strip cartoon, in Galatta CinemaKaapi for Malli, an online gourmet website. His one-a-page corporate cartoons appeared in Nightingale Management Diary in 2007, 2008 and 2009. Biswajit’s cartoon Biz As Usual… appears almost daily in the City Express of The New Indian Express since November 2014. He has illustrated several books with leading publishers including children’s books for Tulika Publishers, Chennai. He worked with Tulir, a Chennai based NGO, to bring out their publicity material for Child Abuse in 2015.

    His solo shows include MADras! in celebration of the Madras week at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, 2014, Caboodle of Lines at The Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bengaluru, 2012, Madras Music Musings 2012 in collaboration with Pianist Anil Srinivasan and Humorology for Art Chennai, 2012. Selected curated shows he has participated are Raas Leela, Forum Art Gallery, 2012, India Art Festival Mumbai 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2016, India Art Festival New Delhi 2016,  The Madras Canvas at ICCR, Kuala Lumpur, 2010, Lining the Streets, Forum Art Gallery for Chennai Sangamam, 2009, The Madras Canvas I and II at Forum Art Gallery, 2007, 2008, for Madras Week, Forum Art Gallery, 2007, WomanEyes, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai 2006, Maiden Humour, Nehru Centre, London, and Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 2006.

    Biswajit has conducted a workshop at Kala Goda Festival 2015 in Mumbai and for the Fine Arts students of Stella Maris College, Chennai in 2014, 2015. He also regularly conducts Cartoon and Comics workshops at various venues.  

    In April 2017, he was invited by the Commissioner, Corporation of Madurai to do wall murals at Bharathiar Park, Madurai.

    He received a special jury award for his political cartoon for 2013, awarded by Maya Kamath Memorial Awards and Indian Institute of Cartoonists, Bengaluru.

    He lives and works in Chennai, India.

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