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Sharing space, creatively

Distinctly individual styles of 15 artists merge on canvases at Ashvita gallery


ON THE occasion of completing its first year of successful art promotion, Ashvita Art Objects and Artifacts presents an exhibition with a difference.

`ONE 15th' is unusual in its idea of collaborative creativity involving 15 artists and 15 canvases.

Working on predetermined themes for every canvas, the artists collaborated to create artwork on all 15 canvases, with each artist entitled to one-fifteenth of the space on each canvas.

The artists are Asma Menon, Bhagwan Shankar Chavan, S. Bhavani Shankar, P. S. Devanath, S. Dhinakara Sundar, A.V. Ilango, K. Jayachander, N. Karoonamoorthy, C. Krishnaswamy, TRP Mookiah, P. Perumal, Shalini Biswajit, S. R. Sripathy Acharya, S. Swaminathan and Thota Tharani.


The works are the result of a day's work on a site at the gallery where canvases were placed on easels and the artists painted in partnership under the gaze of enthusiastic art-lovers.

In a chronological viewing, the paintings illustrate the growing relationship among the artists, which is readily apparent in the initially squared-off spaces that began with specific boundaries but later coalesced into a conglomeration of styles. Intriguing themes such as Palanquins and Plastic, Chair and Window, Monsoon Madness and Material Girl, assist the coming together of landscapes, figuration and depictions of Nature, thus generating narratives.

The vivacious colours pulsate amidst inherently compelling forms energising the space with the merging of distinctly individual styles, techniques and media providing new meaning to `shared space.'

Each artist works in his or her characteristically unique manner. Their strengths and idiosyncrasies unite as one effective whole in each work, incorporating diverse styles and carrying 15 different signatures.

The paintings are on display at Ashvita, Second Street, Dr Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore, until November 15.

SWAPNA SATHISH

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