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Pastel play of nature

Anand's landscapes in oil pastels are mounted at Kala Bhavan, Ravindra Bharati till February 26.


"MY CURRENT series on nature is an emotional rendering of my experiences," says Anand whose works have been mounted at Kala Bhavan, Ravindra Bharati till February 26 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.). Nature is a powerful source of inspiration to many. And often it is reflected in the paintings/graphics of artists in a rather idyllic form.


Through oil pastels Anand creates this tranquil nature mostly in the form of trees - mostly coniferous trees in various hues of green with tones of browns and reds/oranges. In many of the landscapes it's just an endless stretch of trees. Some of them are interspersed with houses.


Though largely figurative, there are some abstract depictions as well of nature. About four paintings depict the play of sunlight on the trees - the shades varying with the rays of the sun from dawn to dusk. Serene and untouched by ravages of man, the landscapes present nature in its resplendent glory. A `picture postcard' look is very much evident. A few of them particularly those drawn with black pastel are indicative of some denudation by man. For, there are a few bare tree trunks suggestive of the harsh reality of ecological degradation. One would perhaps wish for nature to return to this pristine state. There are traces of `impressionism' in these works and they seem to be `academic' in nature. Most of them seem to be `static' in nature except perhaps one or two where there is some kind of movement. For instance, there is one which shows a path surrounded by an avenue of trees on both sides. His emotions are reflected in his positive approach to nature - it's a pure depiction where he celebrates the colour of nature - rather trees.


Anand's dexterous fingers are able to impart a `grainy' texture in some works. Through his firm strokes, he is able to recreate in his words "scenes of the mind in a colourful and semi-realistic sense. "I have been working in mixed media and in this fourth solo show I concentrated only on pastels as it is difficult to achieve perfection in pastels." And Anand has proved that through this show.

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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