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Different strokes

WITH THE World Cup on now, cricket is the theme everywhere.

And it is not a surprise if France-based artist Jo Brown-Paul is in the city displaying her paintings on cricket at the MAC Stadium, Chepauk, till February 14.

The England-born artist began painting cricket ten years ago, inspired by the complexity of stance, contrasts of colour, light, grace and power.

These elements also draw her to India with which she has had a 20-year affair.

She held her first show in India, in Mumbai last November. While in Mumbai, Jo painted a portrait of Sunil Gavaskar and presented it to him at the CCI Brabourne Stadium prior to the exhibition.

Her last three shows in France were dedicated solely to cricket, an unfamiliar theme in a country where football takes centrestage.

"It is much more fulfilling to show my cricket paintings in India where the audience has such passion for the game. The fever is infectious and I get equally excited by India's successes and as depressed by its failures, " she says.

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