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Of still life and landscapes

Two art exhibitions in the city showcase the talent of up-and-coming artists


A TALENTED group of boys, all third year students, from the Government College of Arts is displaying their work at Studio Palazzo.

S. Kumaresan does some great landscapes — the striking kind that one keeps gazing at. They're simple and impressive. He says he travels a lot and draws from what he sees and experiences. His "Forest" and "Palace" are gorgeous and his watercolours of rickshaw pullers, attractive. Simple country scenes, doorways of heritage buildings, ancient palaces, and even his college form themes for his 15 paintings on display.

K. Dilip Kumar is generous with colours, as he creates simple but charming oils on canvases. G. Gurunathan's charcoal drawings are unusual and unpretentious. B. Ramakrishna's work is interesting. He uses pen and ink to sketch the outlines of scenes from daily life and then fills in some of the spaces with oil. There's a sense of starkness in his work that seems to balance out the sudden patches of vivid colour.

"Beyond the Brush" is on display till February 11, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (including Sundays) at 9, Seethamma Road, Alwarpet.

At the La Galerie De Expression, Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Montieth Road, Byju Dev's work is on display. He works with oil and canvas to depict events from the world around him. His colours are not luxurious and his figures seem to be waiting endlessly. There's a sense of joyless living in his "Memories of Kargil" and "Waiting" series — his figures seem to have no thoughts in their minds. "I paint from wars, events and great injustices that move me. I want people to remember and be moved by these events so that they will not happen again," says the Palakkad-based Byju Dev.

Though he experiments with various styles — seen in his "Threads" and "Feathers" — his forte seems to be still life, in contemplative colours with ordinary people forming the theme. The exhibition is on till February 8, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

SHALINI UMACHANDRAN

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