Yesterday evening opened the second solo exhibition of the artist NS Harsha at Victoria Miro. Rarely I leave Miro’s gallery disappointed, but this time attending was a real pleasure for the eye and for the soul too.
Harsha is an Indian artist and on his works there is a clear imprint of Hindu culture – research for spirituality, inner peace, contact with nature and animals. But they also face the reality of our period: the penetration of technology and industrialisation. What makes a difference in Harsha’s work is the serenity how it walks us through his visions and the gentle, delicate yet distinct brushstrokes. Paintings like Harsha’s are hard to find these days: the well painted self-expression of a beautiful soul.
According to the press release, the artist has cited Beckett’s Waiting for Godot as a point of reference, and the paintings emphasise how a quest for higher meaning sits alongside the absurdity of everyday existence.