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Celebration of form, colour

Rajiv Puri's works represent the cheerful countenance of Nature


THE WALLS of Apparao Galleries are vibrating to the moods of Nature, expressed poetically and passionately by artist Rajiv Puri. A chartered account by profession and an artist by avocation, Rajiv Puri, who lives in Nigeria, has taken to painting and exhibiting his works since 2000. Says Rajiv, "My paintings express joy and happiness. I am not interested in contemporary and social issues that only convey grief and sadness."

The works on display represent the cheerful countenance of Nature. Each frame has a poetic title, and the judicious arbitration with colours enable a joyful blend of the two. Each frame is structured with either palette knife or brush strokes building up layers of colours to construct the intangibles of Nature. The meditative and serene ambience enveloping each painting results in an aesthetic visual resplendence. And this meditative quality is a resonance of the artist's personality.

In Puri's canvases one can read the influence of great masters beginning with Impressionists to the expressionistic brush strokes of van Gogh. But Puri seems to be inspired by Pollock and this explanation is not far to seek. Though the artist does not perform here as Pollock had done, rather they sign post it as a precipitation of his passion. Some of the works carry gestural brush strokes, while others have calculated brick-like appearance or a dripping quality. The perception of the artist here is important to validate his expressions in direct relation to Nature.

The kaleidoscopic colours delineate the pristine quality of landscapes unhindered by the invasion of homo sapiens who according to the artist have destroyed Mother Earth.


A love for travelling has taken Rajiv Puri to different parts of the world. He has visited important museums across the Continent.

The varied imagery, forms and content of the works of art have been subconsciously registered making their appearance at appropriate moments in his works.

The naοve spontaneity that the artist exhibits clearly clarifies his intentions of artistic productions, namely, art for art's sake.

In addition to landscapes, a few of his works on display are figurative and they centre round the female form. The raw and direct representation nevertheless seems like a polarity when compared to his landscapes, which are pure celebrations of form and colour in their abstraction.

The works of Rajiv Puri are not meant to establish any semantics or rhetoric, they transcend these to become objects of pure visual delight.

Says Rajiv, "My works are for charity or for organisations like WWF or UNICEF." The show is on at Apparao Galleries, Wallace Garden, Nungambakkam, till June 8.

ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT

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