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Art montage

A motley of paintings, graphics, traditional works, relief work and sculptures were exhibited at the Shrishti Art Gallery recently.


Portrait - IV, Acrylic on paper.

ARTISTIC MANIFESTATIONS are myriad and marvellous indeed. Today, in the plastic arts section, the number of mediums and styles executed relates the liberty enjoyed by contemporary artists. And this really amazes us because the artists are constantly experimenting with various mediums to arrive at an individual creative statement. A sample of such multiplicity was significantly evident in the show at the Shrishti Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills.

With an assortment of paintings, drawings, graphics, traditional works, relief works and sculptures, the objective of this showcasing was to provide a platform to young and upcoming artists of various regions. Since most of them are fresh graduates, their works are at an evolutionary stage.

This is a period when the student-artist is making choices, keenly observing the older masters, feeling inspired due to a constant appreciation, and consciously or unconsciously, their adoration gets revealed in their work.

Therefore, this is a period for the spectator to keenly follow the progress of this lot and identify those who would make a difference to themselves and to art itself.

Regarding the montage at Shrishti, the diversity on display, in fact, amazes an analytical spectator. For, the assortment of works ranges from conventional still life in oil to abstracts, renderings and etching. Basically cramming too many styles resulted in this exhibition becoming a casual exposé which takes no regard of serious fine art, applied art or traditional styles. For instance, the works of Lester Paul's still life and that of Rupa Mahesh's thoroughly disturbs the presence of a conceptualist such as Anuradha Nalpat or visa versa. But, most of the works here are by artist-students who are consciously and carefully seeking an individual identity.

Anirban Chakraborty's semi-abstract landscapes are interesting to note. Appropriately textured, the imagery is executed on a geometric grid which reminds us of the cubist who studied and rendered their objects in creative geometry.

His colour palette is a judicious mix of cool and warm shades. Doddamani and Roopa P, both from Bangalore, remind us of the popular guru - Yusuf Arakkal.

They may be working upon an individual pictorial vocabulary but the style they follow is definitely an inspired one. The luminosity acquired by careful brush handling is unmistakable. B. Srinivas Reddy's pen on paper and watercolours warms the heart. Simple rending work and deft water colour handling account for sincerity and a pleasure of working in different mediums. Yet another work, by Krishna K, titled Artist Camp, amuses the spectator where the painter depicts women artists in a jungle working with abandon amidst nature. Painting and sculpting, portraying animals, the characters seem to be a part of an orchestra interestingly defined by the artist.

Krishna's concept of an artist camp is an absorbing one which encourages us to visualise the romantic miniature format as the base.

The three etchings by Nandini Goud, of the Baroda school, are few other delightful works. Especially the viscosity etching where the artist on a small format successfully impresses an elementary but a cheerful pattern, maintaining the registration of a multiple colour roll. The other two etchings are equally vigorous graphics. Another appreciable printmaker in the display is Akshay who also submitted small formats. Lavanya Dutt, who post-graduated from New Delhi, put up a serene display. Her female linear portraits once again compelled the reviewer to mention that she is a thorough painter at heart who makes use of lines only to discipline her revelry of the brush. Her couple of paintings besides her linear work explains her fascination to paint.

Then, when one finds Y Balaiah's works, one seeks a justification to the exhibition's thematic content. Jijiulal from Kerala with his traditional mythological content does not have to cry for attention, for his work is quite appealing. Binoy Koley, Avani Rao, Daya Astaputre and others also displayed their works.

ATIYA AMJAD

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