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A mixed bag of paintings


Rekha Prasad's paintings that were on display in the city recently presented a mixed bag. From Three D works using various media like paper pulp, fevicol and marble powder, to still life oil paintings, use of water colours and the distinctive Tanjore works.

Rekha who worked on the figurative earlier, now does more of the flowers and landscape. She is also good at wall paintings and embossing works. The use of colours is fairly soft, particularly in the works done on canvas in Rajasthani style. Her shading work with charcoal pencil is impressive as are some of the oil on canvasses paintings of various flowers.

There are also works depicting flowers using poster and water colours on hand made sheet. There is a strong Rajasathani influence in some of her works. This comes across in the two paintings of rural women done in soft colours and pastel shades. In fact, the artist wishes to, in her future work, merge the Tanjore and the Rajasthani. She has also done several clay works of Ganesha in different styles.

Of the "modern pieces" one is an abstract done on oil on canvas while the other is an etching of mountains. Both are fairly striking.

Apart from a Dasavatara in the Tanjore style, her works include a painting of a boat by the sea done in a delicate manner with use of simple water colours. And then there is a miniature sand painting made with layers of the material she collected at various places like Goa and Rishikesh. The sand in blue, yellow, pink and brown shades moves as if being washed ashore. This work is quite arresting.

V S Krishna

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