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Myriad moods

Many works at the exhibition have women for their protagonists



Aparna Caur's Lyrical Blue has a solemn feel about it

MAHUA'S ONGOING exhibition titled Art Collection 2004 puts together nearly 60 artworks by 20 established as well as budding artists.

Leading the pack is Arpana Caur, whose Lyrical Blue (oil on canvas) portraying a woman violinist is not only among the larger-sized works in the exhibition, but also one that comes with a big price-tag. Rendered in a vertical format (83 inch x 33.5 inch), the painting creates a solemn mood with a blue band floating across the canvas like a meandering stream.

Awakening by the same artist has a woman with raised arms under the glare of a focused light, even as five other figures glide in the vicinity of an engulfing darkness.

Arpana is also represented by small but interesting etchings.

Portraying women seems to be a favourite theme for several other artists as well.

Pencil sketches of Nikhil Ranjan Pal, mixed media on paper by Suhas Roy (Radha / Radha Profile), and Conti on paper by Sanathan Dinda (Fleeting Angel) catch the eye, while Swapan Palley's Faces are rather decorative in their feel.

Surrealistic style

Among other interesting works on view are Babu Eshwar Prasad's Silk Route and Treescape, both rendered in his inimitable surrealistic style, Ganesh Haloi's haunting abstracts, Somenath Maity's meticulously executed Structures, Kanchan Chander's lithograph Bhoota Aradhana, Rekha Rao's two untitled works, and S. Satish's mixed media works rendered with white on white.

In the folk art section, Nankhusia Singh Shyam's gouache on canvas (Pig With Birds / Pig & Lion), Satyanarayan Pandey's Tree Of Life rendered with pen and ink make an impression along with Durga Bai's Birds On Tree.

The only sculptural pieces in the exhibition — all of them by Gopinath — are skilfully conceived and delicately executed, signifying the sculptor's grip on the medium.

(The exhibition at Mahua concludes today.)

ATHREYA

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