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Love and life

The paintings by Appu Vennikal at Café Palette are meaningful and pleasing.


A WHITE dove. The Female form. Bright colours and curvaceous shapes. Meera and Krishna... and Mahatma Gandhi. Love. Physical; Godly; Intimate and Idealistic. Appu Vennikal has captured all these in a kaleidoscope of colours in his collection of Oils and Acrylics on display at the Café Palette (Raymond's Showroom, MG Road) in Kochi.

Film design

Born at Valappad in Thrissur, Appu Vennikal has studied at the School of Arts there and in Commercial Art at Chennai. Apart from various noteworthy collections of paintings, his other important works include the film design for the Malayalam film, `Nellu'. He has worked on various assignments in the Gulf and has been a prominent member of various Indian and Malayali associations there.

Vennikal is the recipient of various awards in recognition of his talent including the `Shikha Award' in the U.A.E, and the `Varnamelam' from Kumaranellur.

Human emotions


Vennikal's paintings are inspired by that most intimate and elusive of human emotions... Love. Intelligent use of symbols and flowing colours, the paintings are both meaningful and pleasing to the eye. Vennikal does not limit himself to any particular style of painting, and paints a wide range of subjects including traditional temple art of Kerala, figurines of Khajurao and the Indonesian Hindu paintings from Bali, to abstract and Tantric art. The artist makes consistent use of the feminine form in all his works to provide a backdrop of his main theme of Love and Life.

The exhibition, which began on 18 September, will be on for some more time, during which the artist plans on adding new works to the collection. While the symbols may appear a little obtuse to the layman, the collection promises to be an interesting and educative experience for art students and aficionados.

SHUBHANGI JOSHI

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