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An exhibition in the city has brought together upcoming and established artists for a cause


CHENNAI-BASED artist Hariraam is known for his paintings, which have a meticulous manipulation of space and gripping architectural content. His exhibition of paintings in Bangalore, last December, was well received.

Hariraam is in Bangalore again, for a rather solemn cause this time. His brother is suffering from chronic renal failure. His condition is serious, made more problematic by a cardiac complication and liver malfunctioning. While the doctors are doing their best and the family is pooling all its resources to meet increasing medical expenses, Hariraam thought it appropriate to solicit the support of the artist fraternity. And 30 artists from Bangalore and Chennai willingly pitched in, and their works are now on display at Time and Space Art Gallery, at an exhibition titled The Fine Art of Exchange.

Leading the pack of donor-artists are S.G. Vasudev (whose blue tinted painting, She, shows an interesting face seemingly beneath soft, filtering light), Yusuf Arakkal (who combines subtle and heavy shades of green to deliver a soothing abstract in watercolour), and Adimoolam (who exults in inimitable nudges and distinctive snatches of colour).

G. Subramaniam, in his two collages titled Instrumentalist and Bharatanatyam Dancer, blends mystique with a subdued dose of humour, while J.M.S. Mani's red-turbaned figure is deliberately fudged to enhance its rusticity. Milind Nayak's Green Forest in a vertical frame works on delicately delineated foliage, and P. Gopinath exposes two colourful compositions titled Pages From My Diary I and Ii, where hiding figures and a mysterious backdrop prompt an illusory impact.

Sanjay Singh's work woos with veiled eroticism, even as Bhagwan Chavan presents a watercolour abstract which is as intriguing as its title, Alphabets Ice Breaking Game.

Expectedly, Hariraam himself comes out with a large volume of his works. Many of them have a sturdy construct imbibing eloquent geometric arrangements, while some of them manage a unique balance and fluidity within textured surfaces and linear intimations.

The Fine Art of Exchange has brought together both young and established artists for a worthy cause. The ambiance is right, quality and content of works varied and, cause immensely support-worthy.

The Fine Art of Exchange concludes on May 31.

ATHREYA

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