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Bucolic images

K.N. Ramachandran's works typify the rural canvas


THERE ARE certain works of art one can relate to instantly, while there are others, which are difficult to comprehend. K.N. Ramachandran's works displayed at Lakshana Art Gallery (till June 24) fall into the former category. These figurative canvases portray the humdrum of rural existence.

Using mostly earthy tones (except for a few colours for women's saris), Ramachandran sticks to the traditional depictions of bucolic imagery. His canvases are replete with often-told elements. The only thing perhaps missing in these are the animals and birds.

People pervade the canvases in fairly large numbers. The activities are typically rural - people selling vegetables and fruits (at a market place where the vendors either stand or sit and talk), occupants outside their thatched hut (where copper pots predominate) or a roadside snack stall (which shows the idli vessel and the batter being ground). It's the same imagery which has been seen time and again.

The absence of play of colours or textures makes the paintings run-of-the-mill. There is nothing new, which can attract viewers' curiosity - the perception of the artist is rather mundane, and therefore, the works pedestrian. Figurative works too can be made compelling for the discerning viewer. That is where the artist's creative impulses come into play. A painting of a princess like girl looks rather out of place in the series on the countryside.

Ramachandran's works are certainly explicit but do not make the viewers think beyond what one sees on the canvas.

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