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Fiesta of variety and style



Works of Yugal Kishore Sharma

HIGH ON an avid art collector's must-see list is the annual exhibition that city gallery Chitram at Ravipuram holds around this time of the year. What makes it worthwhile is the sheer variety in terms of styles, media, artists and the regions where they belong. Even as the bulk is from the home State, art works come from as far as Rajasthan and Bengal, creating a ripple in the barely-enough 1,000 square feet of space that the gallery owns. In spite of this limitation, size does not matter.

P.V. Nandan is represented here by an untitled oil painting measuring 152 x 92 cms. With 40 artists participating in the show, it is a veritable delight. Moreover, for a new buyer, here's the chance to weigh one's options and get an overview of the diversity that is prevalent today. There is not one broad categorisation to which these works belong. Bold and a firm linear flow marks Geetha A. Salonke's Girl and Cat Riding Cycle. The colours are flat and bright giving a rhythmic quality to the black outlines and creating a sense of theatrical. This charming representation has nostalgic references to the folk art developed and nourished in Bengal by artists such as Jamini Roy.

Yugal Kishore Sharma's Kamadhenu is a symbolic composition suffused with a poetic metaphor. The revered cow is symbolic of all feminity and a manifestation of nature. Through abstract qualities, which are part of the native idiom, the artist assembles lyrical images of birds and animals. Sharma is from Rajasthan and his study is marked by a controlled, thin, flowing line, which is a hallmark of the region's painting style.



Works of V. Satheesan

V. Satheesan's Haunted Cupid is a narration of his own feelings of unrequited love and his loss of faith in the Greek God. He strips him of his venerated status, on the verge of losing his wings and reduces him to an ordinary young boy. C.S. Jayaram continues his experiments in incorporating different elements in his style, which is veering towards a folk art tradition. An unpretentious composition with a woman and child on a cycle gives him ample opportunity to display the flora and vegetation that is characteristic of the State.

No exhibition is complete without a typical village scene and no one better to showcase this than Bangalore-based artist K. N. Ramachandran. He paints with care and offers centrality to the dominating figure of the woman of the house.

The exhibition closes on November 5.

SUNANDA KHANNA

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