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World of fish

Lavanya Dutt's works are a play of colours and textures


NATURE IS a leitmotif in an artist's visual vocabulary with artists drawing on it at many points in their life. It is not surprising considering the kaleidoscope of colours and textures. Lavanya Dutt too has sought inspiration from the environment around her so far. She draws the viewer into the world of the fish in her latest exhibition at the International School of Hyderabad (6-3-346, road no. 1, Banjara Hills, opposite Vengal Rao Park. Tel: 23351110). In her earlier exhibition Lavanya explored the world of flowers.

Lavanya's creative impulses are in the forefront when it comes to depicting the fishes. Play of colour and experimentation with texture is the highlight arresting the viewer's attention towards the fishes.

Mostly in small format, the works are a result of what the mind has ingrained on observation and from memory. Some of the acrylic and mixed media works are done quite finely that they look like print. This quality makes the viewer look beyond the form of the fish.

Lavanya's compositions are simple - there is no complexity in the lines. They are fine and intricate and depict the fish swim in various stages of motion. In fact the viewer's attention is drawn on account of the hues used. Lavanya's colour palette comprises blues, purples (not so often used as a colour), greens, reds, pinks and yellows.

The scarlet and gold embossed one stands bright, while another shows some kind of patina effect. Beneath the colours lie the textures, which are equally interesting. A slight element of monotony sets in while watching many works in the same theme. But Lavanya seems to offset it with her colour play.

The exhibition is on till June 11 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

R.R.

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