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Harmony in abstract

Artist B.L.N. Srinivas' aim to portray harmony comes through well in his works


AN INHERENT yearning for harmony gains paramount importance especially when an individual is on a journey of self-discovery and consequent self-expression. Artist B.L.N. Srinivas aims to reflect this need for an all-embracing unity in his art. His first solo exhibition displayed at the Alliance Francaise exudes a sense of quintessential harmony.

Each composition is a portrayal of the artist's innate desire to achieve equilibrium in his abstract art.

The exhibition has two sets of paintings that record the artist's growth and reflects his versatility. Whilst one set stands small in size, with subtler colours and a use of mixed media that include water colours, coloured ink etc, the second and more prominent paintings on acrylic stand out for the dynamic use of colour, the bold use of lines, circles and figures and a flowing movement that all culminate into the artist's vision to achieve a sense of equilibrium.

With this solo exhibition, this student of JNTU, also a mechanical engineer, moves into the realm of pure elements from his earlier brush with natural life and other realistic paintings.

Abstract expression is deemed more challenging by the artist as he chooses to abandon natural elements and still retain a sense of unity and rhythm in his current exhibition. "The approach is far away from the exact imitation of nature but satisfies the laws of nature. These are reflections of my inherent creative impulses that always seek to come out and stand before me," he says.

A sense of freedom emanates from the collection. A freedom that the artist believes comes only with his desire to explore new boundaries as well as seek equilibrium.

Hence his use of bold movement in black against the vibrant red, blues and green form a coalescence in their diversity and a sense of static unity even in their movement.

The deft strokes of the brush are not limited to a softer movement, one would associate with harmony, but have a bolder stroke that give each composition a strong presence. "When I use my own elements, I experience greater freedom," says the artist. Inspired by the Renaissance artists, especially Rembrandt, Srinivas says that he is always questioning himself. It is his constant effort to push himself beyond what he is doing that is reflected in his work `It

is a part and parcel of my analytical vision', he says. A creative rhythm, the very ideals of the artist transcend from his vision and succeed in achieving a harmonious equilibrium on canvas.

UZMA HYDER

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