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Aesthetic metaphor

The works of 20 eminent artists are being featured at an exhibition, organised by Artworld, in the city. On till August 30.

THE ARTWORLD exhibition, which showcases the paintings of 20 senior artists, is indeed a visual treat. The works of Paritosh Sen and most of the other artists express ideas through a figurative idiom. While Shuva Prasanna uses a minimalist style — just a blue head with a flute, which one might interpret as Lord Krishna — Dhiraj Choudhury stands out for his typically elongated human forms seen in both the untitled work as well as the `Mother and Child'.

The water colours by Shyamal Dutta Ray indicate how poverty and devotion to the gods often go hand in hand; the gaunt faces, and the broken watch and glass add to the effect. Alok Bhattacharya has, as usual, painted extremely realistic images of men and women in both his watercolours and oils. In the former, the rather Renaissance-style figures are surrounded by symbols and squiggles, creating a dream-like feeling.

K.S. Rao finishes his figurative works in such a way that warm tones such as red and brown-ochre would appear to be painted with a feather.

Ajit Dubey's highly stylised concepts mix scenes from real life with those of a surrealistic world; his animals look like dolls, while the human forms stare at us from odd positions.

Ramanand Bandhopadhyay, Laxma Goud and Sultan Ali make use of the small format for their creations; K.C.S. Panicker's concepts, come to mind when looking at Ali's water colour — `Samudra Raja', while his pen and ink drawing `Lochan' depicts the eye in a composite style.

One gets to see J.M.S. Mani's easy style in his paintings of rural women, and of course, the bunch of bananas that he seems so fond of. Ramlal Dhar and V. Solanki are also featured in the show.

While a couple of abstracts by K.M. Adimoolam attract attention with their bold knife strokes, Surya Prakash's characteristic style is unmistakable in his work which shows lotus leaves floating in a pool of water in tones of brown. His painting of a blooming white lily adds cheer to the ambience. Parag Adhikary applies a watercolour technique to his acrylic works, bringing to life scenes from the banks of Ganges. On the other hand, Avinash Thaker and Amitabh Sengupta have chosen architecture as their theme. Thaker brings out the textures of walls and the effect of light on them effectively in `A Glowing Street'. Sengupta concentrates on sculptural forms placed near walls to advantage. R.B. Bhaskaran's painting of a couple is realistic, while his cat with a bird on its back is in typical style. The exhibition is on till August 30.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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