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Colour and light.

Some artists love particular colours, while others have no preferences. Bubbly Choudhry, who is about to host her first solo exhibition in Oman in 17 years, belongs to the latter category of artists. Bubbly even mixes her own version of the colour black and claims to have never used black from a tube.

After this long hiatus, when Bubbly was raising her children and exhibiting elsewhere in the world Au including the Jain Marunouchi Gallery in New York and Les Galeries Artitude in Paris Au she is back with an exhibition that celebrates the sultanateAAEs 40th National Day.

The exhibition, titled AaeOman: Inheritance, Expression and AbstractionAAE, will showcase 35 to 40 paintings depicting the development of BubblyAAEs work through her travels over the past two decades. As a way of giving back to the community, proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to the Dar al AttaAAEa charity.

The exhibition will open on October 16 at the Jabrin Ballroom, InterContinental Hotel Muscat, before opening for the public on October 17 and running until October 20 in the lower lobby of the hotel. Bubbly is delighted with how supportive members of the community have been about her comeback show, and said, AoThe fact that it has been recognised by some senior people is what I really appreciate.Ao

About the show, Bubbly said, AoThe exhibition is a fusion because I feel that I am a global immigrant in many ways. I have lived in Oman longer than any other place in my life, including India. My father was in the army and we were always travelling every two to three years. So Oman feels like home for me. This show is drawn on Oman but the expressionism side of it is drawn from the US. Oman has brought that out of me so I could collect all my experiences in different cities and present it again.Ao

Her first show in the sultanate was held in 1991 at the Al Bustan Palace InterContinental Hotel and in the 17-year gap, Bubbly has participated in around 25 group shows in Oman. This new exhibition will include seven or eight paintings from her earlier works, one of which dates back to 1989 and shows a more realistic style of painting. Her style then moves into expressionism where her love of bright colours becomes more prominent.

AoThere are around five or six paintings that are abstract but they have form. Abstract is a movement to me that is very positive; I donAAEt believe someone can become an abstract artist over night, as you havenAAEt grown the right way. It is something that you should move towards and that is what happened with me.Ao

Her excitement about the exhibition is clear, especially when she talks about the content of her works that include paintings of traditional pots, doorways and arches. Oman obviously provides much inspiration for Bubbly. AoIt is predominantly through colour that I speak, and I love to break up the white light I see here Au it has been my fascination ever since.

AoMaybe it is an artistic eye or in the way some people will look at a scene for longer than others, but I used to watch the mountains for a long time every evening at sunset because they were so stark and different. At sunset and sunrise they change colour and that is where I started to get my inspiration Au there was colour and there was light, so why not put it down on canvas?Ao

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Publication:The Week (Muscat, Oman)
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Date:Oct 28, 2010
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