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Inspired by Nature

Mumbai-based artist R.B. Holle captures the rhythm of Nature in his abstractions


NATURE HAS remained a perennial source of inspiration for artists from time immemorial. It has served as an effective referential point to derive either the kaleidoscopic colours or its manifold forms.

In his recent works showcased at Apparao Galleries, R. B. Holle, the young artist from Mumbai, has used Nature as the theme. A majority of his canvases are in small format but emanate vividness and vibrancy, reflective of the exuberance of his youth.

Says Holle, "My abstract world solely depends on the rhythm and colours of Nature". This is evident in his insistent spirals and scallops that form ubiquitous symbols connecting all his works. Some of the canvases have fierce reds, glowing oranges and sunny yellows that inevitably relate to dusk when Nature's rhythm slides gently into deep blues and black greys. A poetic fervour resonates as he talks about rhythm that manifests itself in all aspects of life, be it the blink of an eyelid or heartbeats or gentle waves caressing the shore.

His abstracts are evocative, bringing alive the forms of Nature. Reinforcing his rhythmic ideology is the personalised support system provided in his unique technique. Through subtle and layered, transparent and translucent application of colours, he rhythmically builds up his compositions. At the first glance, his paintings have nothing to offer, but as one contemplates upon them, a mystical aura seems to descend and one can begin to visualise the forms in Nature.

The young artist needs to transcend the small frames and explore the expansiveness of two-dimensional spatial character of planar rhythms.

His strength lies in his technique and with a dynamic sense of colour manipulations and juxtaposition, Holle can take his works to another level.

The exhibition is on at Apparao Galleries till February 28.

ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT

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