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Eye for detail

M. Pakkiri's watercolour paintings have a strong grounding in tradition



The human figure in varying adaptations... one of M. Pakkiri's works

THE PALE walls of the Lakshana art gallery play host to a series of paintings created in the last years of life of the late M. Pakkiri. An artist trained in the 1950s in painting and design at the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai, his works have a strong grounding in tradition, firmly based within the ambit of conventional representation in Indian design and crafts.

Small water colour paintings, worked almost to the effect of stained glass in bright colours with black outlines and incorporating a wealth of detail, feature the human figure in varying adaptations as godly, as ordinary, as rich, as rustic, yet always belonging to the established mould. The predominance of the profile view in traditional Indian painting has been adhered to, replete with the classic accent on the illustration of the eye.

Bold technique

Employing a style that has its roots in manuscript painting, the artist has engaged a bold watercolour technique aided by a profusion of lines to create an effect that is reminiscent of printed fabric.

Colour and line are the ingredients that are blended in an attempt to generate design that is visualised in terms of form, shape and pattern, creating a unified aesthetic.

The exhibition of paintings is on till the end of August at Lakshana Art Gallery on Maharaja Suryarao Road (behind Venus Colony), Alwarpet.

SWAPNA SATHISH

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