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Fetish for faces

Shyamal Mukherjee and Gopal Subhedar's works are about common people. But their individual stylisation and use of colours make these men and women on canvas interesting.


AS ONE enters the Vinyasa Art Gallery showing the paintings of Gopal Subhedar and Shyamal Mukherjee, one feels a mild sense of joy; the vibrant colours used by the two artists in their uncomplicated concepts makes one smile involuntarily.

Though Subhedar and Mukherjee have not met each other, their ideas are similar; the subjects they choose for their paintings are common people that one comes across in day-to-day life. Though not realistic in depiction, each artist adopts his own stylisation and still one gets an idea of different types of people. Both paint on acrylic sheets, which is a demanding technique as one has to paint on the reverse side in a reverse order. Normally the artist would draw the finer details like the eyes, small jewellery etc. at the end; but in this technique one has to begin with these details and end with the background area around the figures which requires the artist to have the total picture exactly in his mind before he puts the brush to the acrylic sheet/glass, as corrections later would be impossible.

Shyamal Mukherjee brings in comic relief to his human figures with distortions and by stressing some odd characteristics of people. They are almost like caricatures. The head is often bent towards one side and the eyes focused on the viewer, almost with an accusing expression. He is obviously a keen observer of people and as he travels widely, he registers in his mind the faces and attitudes of those he comes across, which get reproduced in his paintings. One can see a Bengali babu of Kolkata as well as an Andhra devotee at Tirupati, or a Rajasthani woman. He seems to like depicting musicians playing different instruments.


Though he paints with oils, the appearance is more like transparent ink; mild shading gives the necessary roundedness to the forms; small black squiggles and dots also help in rendering the shadows and textures. He does not hesitate using white in large portions and it contrasts effectively with the other bright colours. What started as a simple experiment - he began painting on glass and acrylic sheet when he was doing his post-graduation - has become his individual style and technique.

Gopal Subhedar also distorted the forms, particularly the faces. Small lips and narrow eyes go with a nose, which is elongated as much as possible. The eyes look rather sad. Hailing from Gulbarga, he paints different types of South Indian faces. He has done several series on the epics and mythology, though his current works are on common men and women. Priests, devotees, women and groups dominate his paintings. Gopal seems to be fond of blue and green, which he uses freely even on the face and body of the figures. He achieves a marble like finish with his colours. While Mukherjee's works have a light-hearted feeling, Subhedar's are a little sombre.

The exhibition `Faces of East & West' is on till April 10, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (including Sunday) at the Vinyasa Art Gallery.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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