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Faces and forms


IT WAS creatively titled "Phase of Faces" and that's exactly what the small room in the Red Building of the Government College of Fine Arts had on display. One whole wall of the room was taken up by the efforts of the nine final year students, who had decided to have a small exhibition of their most recent work.

Sridhar's portraits were realistic, dark and contemplative, in a rather classical way. Sathish's Rembrandt-inspired faces portrayed a variety of emotions. His cousin formed the subject of two of his paintings, one a full-face likeness that seemed to have a hint of a smile and the other in a more meditative mood. In his realistic self-portrait, he depicted himself looking upwards, towards inspiration, seeming to muse on what is to come. A pretty little girl smiled out of another of his canvases, with light and shade playing off her features. Ezhil worked in the impressionist style, using heavy patches of colour and ever-so-slightly distorted lines. Ashok Kumar, Dinakar Sundar, Shanmugam, Kesavan and Purushottam were the other talented faces in this exhibition.

At the Lakshana Art Gallery in Alwarpet, S. N. Venkataraman's abstracts are on display. His daubs of paint and splotches of colour are based on themes of Nature. "I draw heavily from flowers, leaves and natural forms. My abstracts are based on real forms," says the artist who spends half the year in Chennai and the rest with his son in the U.S. Priced between Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 40,000, the canvases seem to resemble happily blotched expanses of gardens and sky. He's also experimented with pen and ink on paper to depict more spiritual themes. His Colour Forms series is done in watercolours and has a rather transparent texture.

This exhibition is on till February 28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Lakshana Art Gallery, Maharaja Surya Rao Road, Alwarpet.

SHALINI UMACHANDRAN

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