Amitabh Bachchan inaugurates Dilip De’s second one man art exhibit, ‘Celebrations of the Unexpected,’ at Jehangir Art Gallery
Art has never looked as good as it did on Friday evening as one of the most celebrated artist, art curator and entrepreneur of the industry, Dilip De hosted his second art exhibition titled “Celebration of the Unexpected”. Mr. Amitabh Bachchan, who has known Mr. De for several years, inaugurated the event.
As an artist Dilip De uses a stylus and a smart phone to create art. He is recognized as the first artist to produce paintings with a smartphone. “Celebrations of the unexpected” is about the achievements of the people and friends who the artist has known for years. He showcased a new body of artwork and a few “Only One Edition” paintings. There will be no second print! These works were auctioned during the event and proceeds of sale were given Jehangir Art Gallery, iconic Art Centre, for its contribution to promote Indian Art and modernization of gallery space.
Also present at the event was the De family comprising of wife Shobhaa De and children Anandita De, Arundhati De, Avantika Kilachand, Ranadip De and Aditya Kilachand and grandchildren. Mr Adi Jehangir, owner of Jehangir Art Gallery was all smiles throughout the evening. Celebrities and known faces present were Jaya Bachchan, Suhel Seth, Police Commissioner Dattatray Padsalgikar with wife Aditee, Rakhee Kapoor, Simone Singh, Pratima and Gaurav Bhatia and many more.
Mr Amitabh Bachchan, who inaugurated the show, stated that, “When Dilip showed me his artwork and his new passion, I initially thought he was joking but then he sent me some more painting images and I have to say this, I found it extremely interesting, I have them up in the walls of my house and thank you for inviting me here today. Dilip is a dear old friend and we have known each other for years. I have said this before but Dilip was working in a building, he was working for a shipping magnate, and I was this small freight broker asking for freight and he was this corporate looking guy with files and we used to be in awe of this gentlemen because he was so good with his work and always very official looking as a corporate head. Then we got to know that he has gotten married to the wonderful Shobhaa De. I came to know about his art when I visited his home, I was not invited but I invited myself. I came to meet Shobhaa De as she was not kind to me in one of her columns, it was also a time that I was being greatly criticized for many things that I was not involved in. However, when I went to their home, I truly realized how passionate he is about art and their home had some of the finest pieces that I had ever seen. To create something out of a mobile phone is really quite unique. I think it is very inspiring for the younger generation and I had not even realized that this could be done on an phone, it is almost like oil paintings and to be able to create that is amazing, it is very progressive, it is very modern and with the times. Dilip I am very thankful to you and also very proud of you. I also thank Nitin (the man who bought Mr Bachchan’s portrait for 10 Lakhs) for buying my portrait. Let us all celebrate the talent and appreciate the caliber of this artwork that this very fine gentleman at this age has created on a mobile phone.”
Dilip De who learned to enjoy and appreciate art, beauty, nature and colours from an early age, surely pulled in a great crowd to celebrate the show. The USP of the show lies in ‘The Smartphone School of Painting,’ and Mr. De has secured copyrights registrations of his paintings in this “new school of art” from the Union Commerce and Industry Ministry. The paintings will be on display at Jehangir Art Gallery till 3rd February, 2018.