In an attempt to unshackle the constraints of art galleries and exhibitions, the Asian Art House has teamed up with the JW Marriot Hotel in Pune to showcase a live art exhibition.The week-long offering, titled ‘Conversations with Art’, which showcases the work of noted artists like Sanjay Tikkal, Vijayraaj Bhodhankar, Manoj Das and Steven Gandhi, aims to make art more accessible to audience.Speaking to The Hindu, Rajat Mittra, co-founder, Asian Art House, said, “We had conducted an exhibit at the Marriott last winter, but we wanted to do something different this time. We wanted to evolve and create something unique. Usually artists are taken to galleries and asked to paint live, but this is the first time that they are doing so in a hotel.”The Asian Art House promotes Asian and International art in India by conducting showcases and exhibitions over the country on a regular basis. Incidentally, they also have the largest collection of Vietnamese art in the country. “While we conduct a myriad of art exhibitions, this time around we wanted to do something edgier. Since the artists would be coming down for the event, we thought why not ask them to paint live. So throughout the week, we will have different artists painting, with a musician simultaneously playing a flute or the piano so music and art blend together perfectly,” Disha Shah, marketing and communications manager, JW Marriott, Pune, said.The event accorded an opportunity for the artists to break free from monotony, Mr. Mittra said.He said that while this may not be an ideal scenario, it is a great opportunity for artists to showcase their art to a larger audience.The exhibition witnesses a fusion of different art styles while each artists’ pieces showcase their distinctive traits.Manoj Das’ highly innovative paintings, with his trademark three-dimensional effects, depict Radha-Krishna in various moods. Sanjay Tikkal’s expressionistic, thought-provoking artworks draw upon Mother Nature and its surroundings. Steven Gandhi’s brilliant water colours are imbued with social commentary while Vijayraaj Bhodhankar’s dazzling paintings focus on meditative and spiritual ideas.