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Simple yet stunning


A HEAVILY studded door seems to creak open to reveal a simple old-fashioned courtyard. Shafts of light fall on the floor to reveal a tulsi madam. Her colours are simple and earthy but the canvases brim with life. Light and shade are 30-year-old Usha Doss' speciality. She graduated from the College of Arts and Craft in Chennai in 2000 and has since been experimenting with various media. At present, she works with acrylics.

The themes are simple enough — a courtyard, a temple, a kitchen — but the proportion of light and shade is perfect, making the subjects spring to life. Her canvases are predominantly brown with splashes of colour, green leaves in a pot or red flowers at the base of an idol. She relies entirely on sunbeams to light up her delightfully old-world houses.

Though primarily dark, the canvases exude a sense of beauty and hope with rays of light illuminating dark spaces, soaring pillars and roofs. A few blades of grass in a vase or tiny flowers floating on the water in an indoor pond brighten up the scene and little details such as the frescos on a temple pillar in the background and palm leaf blinds at windows provide added effect. Her technique is flawless and the inspiration is the huge old houses of Thanjavur among which she grew up.

An exhibition of bronze and terracotta sculptures by S. Doss are also on display. The terracotta Ganeshas are fashioned into statues and lamps. There are elaborately worked bronze figures of soldiers, folk artistes and dancing girls.

The exhibition-cum-sale is on till August 10, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Vinyasa Art Gallery, Music Academy premises, TTK Road, ph: 28115073.

SHALINI UMACHANDRAN

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