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Emotions in colour

Supriya Naren's art is apparently grounded in spirituality yet not divorced from reality


"HERE AND Now," an exhibition of paintings by Bangalore-based artist Supriya Naren, consists of a series of works that encapsulates her present frame of mind. Drawing her previously figurative approach to a close, many of her current works are reminiscent of post-painterly `colour-field' abstraction where evocative colours hint at varied ideas.

Using sublime colours and with almost no reference to anything distinctly from the material world, her art advocates emotions. The layered application of passionately powerful colour, which exists without recourse to visual imagery, creates floating strata that are superimposed, at once detached and entangled, disallowing any independent existence.

A self-taught artist, Supriya is appreciative of the technical freedom in her use of media that a formal education in art would undoubtedly have denied her. Colour steers the course of her painting and her predilection for bright hues in conjunction with her combined use of oil and acrylic media afford

her paintings a lavish sense of spontaneity and ardour. Having loved to paint since childhood and with inspiration from her family's artistic leanings, she started with figurative forms where the female figure in the guise of the `gopika' prevailed. What existed specifically as the setting in her figurative paintings, as the dappled surface of water, has now materialised in the foreground.

The series `Lily Dreams' induces memories of water trickling down delicate floral blooms where the lily with its divine connotations exists as a link to her earlier phase of painting. Achieving texture through dribbled paint and with colours that speak to the mind and the senses, her art is apparently grounded in spirituality yet not divorced from reality.


In `Iru Thookam,' a bedspread and pillows appear to evolve from the background with a few lines suggestively pushing forth the forms extricating them from the pure colour. Experimenting and exploiting intense, mesmerising colours, the artist feels this series on colour has `offered greater satisfaction and is more representative of herself and her spontaneity.'

Supriya Naren's works are on display till April 10 at Ashvita, Second Street, Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai, Mylapore.

SWAPNA SATHISH

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