Jagmohan Bangani’s creations represent his philosophical approach to the world and his response to the surroundings through a spiritual eye. Similar to another work by him, this work titled Lakshmi Mantra, paints the canvas with the sounds and script of the verse, in a pastel palette. The unending spirals stacked tightly, represent the chanting of the mantra, filling the pictorial space from end to end, perhaps, signifying its all-encompassing nature. In turn, the emphasis also falls on the magnanimity of the cosmos, the beauty of the ever- inquisitive and perpetually seeking human mind, and the profoundness of this verse. The powerful portrayal brings forth the meditative aspect of the mantra, ingrained in a visual format through this acrylic on canvas.
Laxmi Mantra by Jagmohan Bangani
Born in Uttarakhand in 1977, Jagmohan Bangani received his early training at the DAV College, Dehradun and went on to pursue his Masters at the Winchester School of Art, U.K. He translates his imagination into a visual vocabulary through the juxtaposition of lively hues, vibrant lines, and words in a multitude of scripts. The artist creates his artworks while chanting mantras, and attributes his practice to this philosophical bent. Jagmohan has exhibited in more than sixteen group shows, including the Busan Indian Ink Painting Biennale in 2010l Scriptural Enchantment, National Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi; Tapestry of Words by the Ford Foundation International Fellowship at India Habitat Centre, Delhi, amongst many more. He is a recipient of several awards and honours, including the Ford Foundation Fellowship; Research scholarship from Lalit Kala Akademi, Delhi, amongst others. His works are part of several renowned collections such as the Secretariat Uttarakhand State; National Lalit Kala Akademi, The Ford Foundation, Max Muelller Bhawan, Asian Heritage Foundation, Sahitya Kala Parishad, Delhi; and other private collections in India, USA, Australia, Korea and the UK.