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Deepa Kern's art is all about her family, life and environment


CONTINUING A rewarding artistic journey of nearly two decades, self-taught artist Deepa Kern is exhibiting her paintings in Chennai for the first time.

Inspired by the beauty of her surroundings in the undulating verdant spaces of Coonoor, the paintings develop from familiarity, initiated from within her environment, her family and her life.


Deepa's intrepid use of colour, of juxtaposing striking ultramarine blues with earthy tones occasionally allows for atypical spatial effects. Emotions seep into colour generating forms that are direct links to the artist's own world, forming specific points on an axis that can clearly be positioned within fixed spatial parameters.

Confident brushstrokes reveal her aspirations to break away from conventional inclination and yet the split is quite incomplete. Her series of still-life studies suggest a desire to conform within the academic mould, which is further manifest in her figurative compositions.

The latter are personal expressions, sensitive renderings of harmony and solitude in an ethereal space with a perceptive handling of proportion. Her adoption of the impressionistic trait of capturing one fleeting moment and making it seem eternal permits individuality to each painting.

Organised by the Genesis Art Foundation, the exhibition of paintings is on till January 4 at `Lords', Taj Connemara, Binny Road.

SWAPNA SATHISH

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