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It's cause-driven

An exhibition of works by senior and junior artists of Tamil Nadu is on at Artistic Art Gallery, in aid of Can-Stop.


CONSTITUTING A part of the recent proliferation of galleries in Chennai, and being one of the newest locations committed to the celebration of the visual arts, Artistic Art Gallery is host to an exhibition of painting and sculpture by senior and junior artists of Tamil Nadu. This show is organised by Artistic's Art Foundation and is in aid of `Can-Stop' (Cancer Support Therapy to Overcome Pain) counselling centre, an out-reach programme of Sundaram Medical Foundation, providing information and advice for patients and their families from lower socio-economic backgrounds. The activities of Can-Stop also include educational and occupational therapy, blood and drug bank services and screening camps among others.

The artists lending their mite to this cause include prominent names like K. M. Adimoolam, A. Alphonso, C. Douglas and K. Muralidharan, while vying for attention with their easily recognisable styles are some striking works by other artists such as M. Jayakumar, S. Kanniappan, D. Ebenezer Sunder Singh, M. Maria Antony Raj, P. Ramesh and P. Suresh Kumar.

The arresting play of intense colour in the abstract paintings of Ramesh and Suresh Kumar are analogous yet distinctive.


Where Ramesh's slapped-on colours celebrate their passion with the emerging forms tending to white, Suresh Kumar's hues border on the dark and sombre. In exploring the expressionist idiom, Ebenezer turns to the form of the human torso, while Jayakumar falls back on strong colour and audacious brushwork. Antony Raj and Kanniappan's shared quality is their use of metal as a sculptural medium. Drawing from Nature, their works are exquisitely gentle and enthralling. Engaged with the flexibility of sheet metal Kanniappan engenders delicately wrought creatures, while Antony Raj's unburnished mobiles are dexterously balanced. The `man attempting to net the elusive butterfly' forms an interesting study of the physics of calculated equilibrium but remains sensitively mindful of the gentleness of the natural world. Working on the strengths of different media, Antony Raj marries metal with glass creating exquisitely suggestive copper-toned lotus blooms and leaves that emerge above placid frosted glass waters.

The works are on display till September 17 at Artistic Art Gallery at Ankur Plaza, 113, G. N. Chetty Road, T. Nagar.

SWAPNA SATHISH

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