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Tracing emotions and imagery

T. Kaladharan's exhibition in a vibrant colour palette is visually stimulating



The Play of seasons ... 'Ashadam' and Vasantam

AT FIRST sight T. Kaladharan's canvases are visually arresting on account of the vibrant colours. A closer look provokes thought process. Although Kaladharan's signature work is on acrylic sheet (a method he calls orthic where he uses a mixture of mediums and paints), it is the canvases displayed at Shrishti Art Gallery, which are visually interesting.

The pictorial surface becomes the artist's playground where a variety of emotions and images come into play. Almost lyrical, the lines seem to flow from the artist's brush as though he is creating the outline of the composition. The images on canvas are not linear. Criss-crossing of lines and shapes create their own geometry and images. The visual language is intriguing particularly the white or black slender lines on a bright colourful space filled with strokes of colour. The artist tries to conjure up a complex imagery but there is a certain visual symmetry.

It looks as though some characters surface on to the canvas juxtaposed with other motifs like fishes, snakes, parrots, `leafy foliage', each joined or intertwined with the other to create floating images (in various postures) on the canvas. The imagery is rather interesting - particularly the shapes and forms the figures take.


The cognitive capacity of viewer is tested. But at the same time the works are not beyond the intellectual realm. There is some semblance of the folk too.

The paintings (acrylic, water colour) are titled in Malayalam. And there are three to four under one title. For instance, Ashadam (the monsoon painted in dark colours - mostly midnight, royal and dark blue) has three, Kilipattu has five, Vasantham (the spring season in bold shades of orange, red, yellow) has four.

The Orthic series (Greeshmum, Vasantham, Basheerum Pathummaum, Thiruvillamalayil) again is in vibrant hues. Done on reverse in acrylic sheet, these bear some imprint of the artist's impression particularly Thiruvillamalayil. Some fine drawings in orthic too figure in this exhibition.

The show is on at the Gallery (267, Road no. 15, Jubilee Hills, Hyderabad) till October 8 (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.).

RADHIKA RAJAMANI

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