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Strokes of time

Gopidas has over the years observed sinewy bodies, coarse leathery skin and bodies bent double with age, and let his brush dwell on the characters to give each one of his frames an identity.


The exhibition space on the DPI campus had more windows than wall.

Taking up all the available white space on the pillars and the walls of the rigged-up gallery were the collection of line drawings, sketches and paintings by A K Gopidas, artist at the office of the Director of Public Instruction.

Gopidas has over the years observed sinewy bodies, coarse leathery skin and bodies bent double with age, and let his brush dwell on the characters to give each one of his frames an identity. "There are many in my hometown, Kudavechoor, who have never been photographed. I have caricatured many of them in my works," says Gopidas.

Among the frames were a cluster representing different perspectives of the Veli Lake and lagoon. From a `painter of signs' to an illustrator, Gopidas has acquainted himself with all aspects of art.

His illustrations find a place in the `Sachitraaithihamala', a collection of legends published by Current Books.

He is now working on line drawings for a collection of Greek stories being translated into Malayalam.

BHAWANI CHEERATH

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