Affordable and Aesthetic Art at Hyderabad Young Collectors’ Conclave

Gandra Lipika Rao of Hyderabad-based Iconart Gallery is hosting an affordable art exhibition featuring works by 40 artists from across the country

Gandra Lipika Rao of Hyderabad-based Iconart Gallery is hosting an affordable art exhibition featuring works by 40 artists from across the country

Buy Art, an affordable art exhibition, had been a regular exhibition at Iconart Gallery Hyderabad for four years since 2013. It was curated by the gallery’s founder, artist Avani Rao Gandra. This year, Avani’s daughter, Gandra Lipika Rao, takes the reins in making the art more accessible to a wider audience, including a younger clientele. That’s probably why his curated exhibit is called “Young Collectors’ Conclave,” featuring the works of 40 artists across the country from July 30 to August 20.

Gandra Lipika Rao

Gandra Lipika Rao | Photo credit: special arrangement

Enter the art space

Lipika quit her corporate job in 2018 to enter the art space and has since held art therapy workshops. His conversations with people in their twenties and thirties on this new journey opened new horizons. “The youngest who are just building their lives are interested in art; some of them want to furnish their new home aesthetically but don’t know what their tastes are and where to start,” says Lipika, adding that the fair is also an opportunity for young people to expand their art collection. . “We associate art collections with the wealthy, but with so many up-and-coming artists, buyers can start young and explore their tastes in art.”

Lipika grew up in a home filled with art. She remembers with nostalgia: “The paintings bring me back to the time when they hung on the wall. I wonder how old I was and if I had also met the artist. Art creates these emotional responses, brings joy and lets memories take a special place.

Artwork by Pradip Sau

Work by Pradip Sau | Photo credit: special arrangement

Featured artists

Featured artists


Arnab Biswas

Arpitha Reddy

Avani Rao Gandra

Bhaskar Rao.B

Dileep Kumar. CP

Jaya Lakshmi .B

Karishma Wadhwa

Konda Srinivas

Lakshmi Reddy.R

Lavanya Dutt

Madhu Kuruva

Mahesh Karambele

Manjula Dubey

Manpreet Nishter

Maruthi Paila

Natraj Saraf

Niraja Bhuwal

Pradip Sau

Pramod Reddy G

Prasanth Vanama

Preethi Samyukta

Pritosha Sarkar

Raj Kumar P

Ramakrishna .V

Ramesh Nair

Ravi Kumar .P

Striped Ahmed


Shivkumar K.V.

Ekta Sharma

Smita Srivastava

Sridhar Rao .C

Srikanth Dhunde

Srushti Rao

Soumana Dey

S. Vinit Kumar

Tanay Kumar

Ouday Goswami

Viswestwara Rao. B

The idea of ​​an affordable show took off in January when Lipika saw her friends who were staying home due to lockdown restrictions take more interest in decorating homes with artwork. Once the artists emailed images of their work, her mother, Avani, stepped in to bring her experience as a curator. Although she intended to start small, the positive response encouraged her to expand the show to include artists across the country.

Artwork by Saraswathi L.

Artwork by Saraswathi L | Photo credit: special arrangement

From natural, realistic and figurative to abstract, the works have been handpicked to have a plethora of styles and expressions. Abstract works include Cubism, Impressionism, and Expressionism. With prices starting at ₹2,500, the range is diverse, affordable and aesthetically pleasing. “We were aware that the works are not too abstract because they might not resonate with everyone.”

Art curation, says Lipika, is a story to be told and a learning experience. “Curating is not just about getting out the best paints. Cohesion, understanding of purpose and introspection are essential. Artwork should fit our purpose and story, as a painting may be beautiful and not fit our purpose or criteria. I cannot forget the fact that I am speaking to young people.

By Ekta Sharma

By Ekta Sharma | Photo credit: special arrangement

Besides the physical exhibition at Iconart, the Young Collectors Conclave is also available online ([email protected]). “We (Iconart) are traditionally an offline gallery, but we want to push digital with this display to bring contemporary Indian art to international platforms.”

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