The Ichol Art center is an amalgamation of art, aesthetics and functionality. It has been astutely devised from scrap and recycled material in an artistic way. It comprises of a bronze casting foundry, an open air sculpture park, stone & wood carving work shop, painters' studio, clay modeling room and art cafe. Luxury rooms in the art residency come with a fully furnished kitchen for one's convenience. Car and driver facilities are available on site and one can stay connected via the internet even in the middle of nowhere. Artists are provided with basic material and the help of an artist's aid complimentary.
The art of bronze is ancient as it is elaborate. At the centre we have an indoor clay modeling room and an outdoor work shed that can manipulate upto 3000 kgs of bronze works and sculptures through its infallible foundations and pulley hooks. We employ both, the lost wax method as well as the traditional method of casting along with well experienced casting foremen.
Exquisite and poetic works like the pertinent effigy of Maihar's Baba Allauddin Khan have been crafted in loving memory by Debabrata De. Bronze sculptors Niranjan Pradhan, Bimal Kundu , Sunil Kumar Das and Tushar Kanti Das have been to Maihar to work with us and share with us treasured memories.
Madhya Pradesh is densely forested with deciduous and semi-deciduous trees of Sal, Teak and Eucalyptus. The main gallery of Art Ichol hides many wooden utility works all which have been cleverly designed from 100% recycled wood. Old Burma Teak doors have been converted to full length tables, carved panels into light fixtures and wooden sleepers into gigantic book racks. Sculptors like Manek Talukdar and Bimal Kundu have been working with us to create wood sculptures in the past.
At the edge of the Deccan plateau, Maihar is famous for its mineral rich landscape and mining. This makes for an ideal site for extracting high-grade stone and rock. From quality raw material to the tools and even the equipment to maneuver large and heavy works, come witness feats of stone sculpting in the heart of rural India.
An ever-evolving sculpture park is the highlight of Art Ichol. New works are always being created and commissioned here. Life size works by Mrigendra Pratap Singh, Chandraprakash, Bhupat Dudi and Apurva Nandi demarcate the plains of the surrounding landscape and loom out from the peaceful fields. A promised visual treat for art aficionados.
Adjoining the residency rooms is a fully air-conditioned 250 sq. ft. painting studio with room length glass panels to look out and use natural light to paint. No one enters or disturbs the sanctuary of this space. During our opening, Paresh Maity inaugurated this room by being the first painter to use it to its fullest during his week-long stay here. One always knew where to find him.
A similar clay modeling room of 347 sq. ft. can also be found in its confines for our bronze and ceramic artists. You may take a visual tour of the painting room below.