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Nostalgia in relief

Khaleel's relief paintings of the Deccan landscape exhibited at Kala Krithi contained a dual appeal that touched an emotional chord.


WITH THE opening of the eighth art gallery on Road number 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabadis are gradually familiarising themselves with the concept of contemporary art. Kala Krithi, endorses the ample scope of conducting art events and encouraging artists.

Initiated with an impressive montage of popular art, such as relief paintings by Khaleel, Kala Krithi will definitely take time to determine its agenda for the future. The exhibition was a fine endeavour of relief work. Thematically, the Deccan landscape complements the technique applied by Khaleel. The works on display contained a dual appeal that touched the emotional cords in the spectator.

The intense craftsmanship of the artist accentuated the popularity of this show. An applied arts student of the JNTU, fine arts college, Masab Tank, Khaleel grew up in an environment steeped in the arts. His father, the artist Aziz, his mother an accomplished carpet weaver, his brother Akheel, also an artist, and another brother, a renowned sitar player, created a congenial ambience that nurtured Khaleel's artistic inclinations.

While he has exhibited widely in Delhi, he opened to Hyderabad a wee bit late. His reason being, "there wasn't much happening earlier." Adopting his father's technique of relief work, Khaleel infuses freshness to this style.

The earlier mentioned dual appeal revolves around the imagery created by the artist. The Deccan landscape with its rugged yet gratifying shades of warm browns and inviting blues and greens stirs nostalgia in the spectator, particularly of this region.

And for a new spectator, it evokes exotic emotions of a far off land. The scenic drama of the organic sprouting of shady trees in a harsh landscape full of rocks, in fact, is complemented by the relief work; where every nerve and crevice of the landscapes rise and fall, accentuates the tactile drama composed by the artist.

Khaleel's fine workmanship deserves a special mention, as the organic portrayal of the landscape narrated by him is actually a laboriously designed production. The Banyan Tree was a pointer of Khaleel's skill. The blending of the oils over the relief created a fantastic patina that enriched the technique of such landscaping.

ATIYA AMJAD

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