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Nature at its colourful best

Flowers dominate the works of Kanwalinder Hundal, a self-taught artist


THERE IS a feeling of freshness the moment you enter the Srishti Art Gallery. The walls are adorned with exciting images of framed flowers in all colours, sizes and shapes. Apart from flowers, there are also paintings that depict landscapes, village scenes and birds. All these and more can be viewed at `Array of Colours,' an exhibition of paintings by Kanwalinder Hundal.

"I paint anything that inspires me," she says. And flowers seem to inspire her most. Using oil colours and canvas as her medium of expression, she has on display over 60 pieces, including painted jars and plates. Although her themes are simple, the painting seem to exude positive energy and happiness.

"I want my work to be understood by everyone, irrespective of whether they can understand art or not. I do not work on abstracts and most of my paintings are on Nature and landscapes."


Showing a painting of a vibrant cluster of flowers, she says she sometimes draws inspiration from the photographs that she takes, "I take pictures whenever I travel and try to copy them."

A self-taught artist, her work might not make you think, but it allows you to appreciate it for what it is. Among the paintings, `Rustic beauty' portraying the life of rural women and the `Bird kingdom' with different coloured birds gallinaceous against a black background, are worth a mention.

Using an appropriate blend of colours, Kanwalinder has mixed clay and oil colours in some of her paintings for that three dimensional effect. "I want my work to be something that you might want to put up on your wall."

She has also tried to move from oil colours to stained glass painting, but here too, flowers seem to be the predominant theme.

The large jars and pottery in earth colours and painted plates complete the display.

The exhibition is on till May 16, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Srishti Art Gallery, D1 Sulaiman Zacharia Avenue, Casa Major Road, Egmore.

PRASSANA SRINIVASAN

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