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Bold strokes

VEENA IS quite focussed on her artistic endeavour. An alumnus of the Fine Arts Department, the Stella Maris College, Chennai, she has spent several months in Kodaikanal preparing for the exhibition currently on at the Lalit Kala Akademi, till June 8 (10 a.m. — 8 p.m.). She has explored different mediums and in due course, would perhaps settle down to doing what suits her style best. She appears at ease with pastels and also oils, to some extent.

Veena is interested in Nature, which she has stretched to abstraction, though there are a couple of realistic depictions of lilies and golden and red autumn leaves in oil. The warm tones of summer, the dry autumn, the deep blue of the night and the golden evening, all find expression in her abstract paintings. She applies the pigments in bold strokes, proving that she is not afraid to experiment. There are a number of oils in triangular frames, mainly playing with colours and strokes. Two small ones hung as a pair attract attention.

Several small and large works in pastels are also on show. The larger ones appear somewhat monochromatic with grey leading to black, depicting wooded areas. They are quite impressive and showcase Veena's talent at its best.

In the smaller ones, mainly on a red background, she employs the face of a woman, particularly the eyes and breasts, to express abstract themes. These are somewhat laboured.

A few watercolours depict dancing human forms as shadows in tones of blue. European masters of modernism of the last century come to mind as one looks at her ink drawings where she has employed cutlery in different angles.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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