The flowers adorn the surface but reflect deep desires.
BLOOM TIME Colours that soothe
Is there a soul who has never attempted to paint a flower? Probably not but perhaps no one has done it in as much profusion as Janardan Surapaneni (Jenny). A book illustrator and cover designer for many years, Surapaneni says, "When I saw the gallery space that the State Art Gallery offered I was certain that my work on flowers would look wonderful here."
Floral Splendour his exhibition of paintings and mono-prints, which was held at Chitramayee for 10 days was well received. A borrowing of the styles of van Gogh, Monet, Cezanne and the Rajasthani school only added to the creativity and the colour of the flowers. Painted over a period of eight months, Surapaneni says, "The beauty of painting flowers is that there is such a profusion of colours to choose from."
As the myriad hues burst from the screens there is an almost timeless quality to most of them. These are landscapes we have once seen or grown up in or places that have had the power to still us with their incredible beauty. "This series is painted from my imagination but I've used my garden and the suburbs for inspiration." Shifting between oil on canvas, acrylic on paper and mono-prints etched with a knife most of them follow the Impressionist route though retaining much of the artist's individuality.
There are pictures of winding woods, hillsides full of crocuses, ice tundras with carpet flowers, coconut trees juxtaposed with passionate blooms and cherry blossoms in profusion by meandering brooks. The landscapes come alive when you step away from them and the three-dimensional aspect lends much to its beauty. The poetic imagery of much of the environment in the paintings will provide solace to those who seek it.
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