Were These Mere Co-incidents I have a strange feeling that my paintings have a strange connection with some events to come. It was on September 21, 2004 that I had moved to Greenford from Hayes, England. I’d set-up my easel along the living room bay window which had a great view of the Ruislip Road from the Red Lion pub until the road disappeared behind the gentle slopes into the horizon of a thousand greens. My Daler Rowney Canvas textured paper sketch book that I’d recently bought from Cass Art lay on the centre table, within my arms reach along with paints, brushes etc. I sat down on the sette for a while staring at the sketch book and started soon to paint a giant tidal wave with an island in the background. It was on November 21, 2004 that I’d moved to Windsor, two floors above Topps Fish & Chipps on Dedworth Road with Blockbuster on the other end of the block and about seven shops in between. A small local shopping block, in a quiet neighbourhood of a few rowdy kids. My exhibition at the Slough Library was to conclude on the 30th and I’d spoken to the Oreiental Gallery in the Trinity Yard in the heart of the Windsor town to exhibit my works from the 1st of December. Several times I would walk several hours to the Slough Library from Dedworth Road. What resulted from these long walks were a collection of some memorable pictures of great insights into the wild side of the country. ( A few these pictures are posted on my bubble) http://www.redbubble.com/people/nkbellani/art/807536-1-one-of-my-favourite-walks Days became shorter by several hours into Christmas and so had my hours out as there werent too many great pictures to be taken in the dark. I would spend several hours chatting with the owners of the Gallery and my housemates and one cold and dark afternoon standing outside Blockbuster the same group of rowdy kids who’d hurled raw eggs on me and my paintings came-up and one of them, sounding more jeering than informing me with any sympathy that there had been a great earthquake and a great tidal wave in India today. I seemed to have lost my ground and I panicked, which the kids would probably have expected, I ran into Purewal Food & Wine store which was run by a Punjabi expatriate family in our block. I asked Mrs. Purewal to switch on the TV and told her the news that the kids had given me. The rest is history. Tsunami had struck. Prior to this I’d never ever heard the word ‘tsunami’ before and had difficulty pronouncing it until my daughter showed me how when I’d returned home in Delhi on the December 29, 2004. SO HOW DID IT EVER OCCUR TO ME TO PAINT A TSUNAMI WHEN I’D NEVER EVEN HEARD THE WORD BEFORE?… I HAVE NO EXPLANATION, DO YOU OR ANYONE ? That sketch of tsunami on a page from a Daler & Rowney, canvas textured sketch book along with several of my other works are still with M/s. Visual Art, London since October 2, 2004 and until date are still with them as I write this on March 10, 2008. Their receipt signed by the MD is still with me. Besides this receipt I have several e-mails exchanged between us to this effect that they still hold a major chunk of my works that I’d done in the UK until October 2, 2004. I’m in the process of negotiating with my lawyer, to find a way to retrieve my work from M/s. Visual Art, London as despite my re-visit to London during August-September 2006, I was unable to retrieve my paintings from them. By then they had quietly moved to another address which Lawrence and his mother at Artmaster, opposite the Greenford station, obligingly cut from an invitation card and handed me their new address and contact details. ANOTHER OCCURANCE THAT COMES TO MY MIND IS MY PAINTING CALLED “ A PLACE I KNOW”, which I’d done during October 6 – October 30, 2004 and was displayed at the Slough Library, The Oriental Gallery Windsor, between November 1, 2004 to November 27, 2004 and at my studio which was formerly called ‘Arty Facts’ in Delhi between January 1, 2007 until today and was published by The Times Of India, a leading newspaper on a few occasions. (An image of this painting is reproduced here on my page, the original painting is with me.) This painting depicts “ floods in the fields”. In October 2004 while I was staying at Dr. R.S. Bola’s house on 46, Amberley Road, Slough, SL2 2LR, I had no way of knowing that in the wildest of my imagination, England could ever see floods, ever. I had no notion at all. THE FLOODS CAME TO ENGLAND IN THE SUMMER OF 2007, WHICH IS HISTORY AS WELL. Is this what we call intution, foreboding or premonition? Or just mere co-incidents? A few more of my paintings point in this direction as well, but I dread if they be true... A photo of this painting ‘A Place I Know’ can be seen on my page on this site…The RB http://www.redbubble.com/people/nkbellani/art/ Thank you, You Blessed People
Biography: During a long stay in England in 2004, more out of circumstances than choice, (This turned out to be my longest stay there) I bought myself a set of Daler Rowney easel, oil paints, brushes and a few Winsor & Newton canvasses. I discovered that I could express my personal feelings, thoughts, memories and followed my intuition with each stroke of my brush….to arrive at a satisfying medium and a collection of paintings…. I did fashion sketches as a part of my job. This was a real thrilling new discovery about myself... Allowing my inner-most feelings and memories to surface, I painted those in abstract lines and my first collection was thus named “The Lines” shown at the Slough Library in UK, and then came The lines of five elements (“Panch-tatva-ki-Lakirein”) shown at my studio in Delhi…..The Guests Series… I have painted most of my work between September 7th, 2004 until now into March, 2008, while working on these between UK and India. 1. My last exhibition was in November 2007 at my studio in Delhi. 2. My previous exhitions have been, The Slough Library, UK, November 1 - 30, 2004. 3. The Windsor Library, UK, November 7-14, 2004. 4. The Oriental Rug Gallery, Trinity Yard,St.Leonard's Road, Windsor, December 1-25, 2004. 5. Visual Art London, has 7 of my paintings since October 2, 2004 (Status unknown). 6. 9 of my works are in private collections in England. 7. At present I have 20+ works in my studio and I continue to work on these… Most of my paintings have also been published in leading newspapers of Delhi, where I live with my wife and three children... I'm extremely thankful to The Library of Slough, UK, especially to Fred, Phil and Mandy there, who worked hard and made my exhibition sanctioned in a matter of minutes and helped me to install my works and looked after my paintings during the exhibition between November 1 st to 30th 2004. The Library of Windsor, UK, for the same help and the cooperation I received. The Directors of Oriental Gallery, Trinity Yard, St. Leonard's Rd. Windsor, UK. The Hindustan Times, The Times of India and the MetroNow, the three leading Delhi newspapres Dr. R.S. Bola of 46, Amberley Road, Slough, UK who made his house and the attic studio available to me without any gain. Thank you N Kumar Bellani
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