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Artistic melange

The show at Vinyasa features variety from a mixed group of artists



Wonders with mixed media: One of Elangovan's works

THE EXHIBITION space at Vinyasa Art Gallery boasts a melange of art and craft created by Elangovan, Ashok Kumar, Srinivasan, Sudhakar and Jayaseelan. It is a mixed group, comprising alumni from the Government College of Arts, Chennai, and self-taught artists, and their works have numerous modes of expression.

Srinivasan's paintings, in the academic style, feature temple architecture in a monochromatic sepia tint, while Ashok Kumar's works comprise total and partial abstractions saturated with brilliant colour. Where the architectural compositions could incorporate the personal, thus eliminating the feel of being purely technical studies, the latter's loud colours might be advantaged by perceptive tonal variation.

Contemporary designs

Sudhakar, in an attempt to mimic the glowing effects of stained glass, has adapted familiar contemporary designs to cater specifically to current trends. Foliage, especially palm fronds, forms the inspiration for mixed media collages by Jayaseelan where a distinctive eye for composition is sporadically evident.



Sepia tone to temple architecture: a painting by Srinivasan

Elangovan's works are varied but his major effort lies in watercolours. A prolific artist, he is soon to be involved in executing a large number of paintings for export to the West.

In another commercial venture that supplies major textile outlets in the city, he undertakes premium hand painting on silk where the paint virtually melds with the material making it durable and allowing for regular wash care.

This varied show catering to popular taste is on at the Vinyasa Art Gallery, Music Academy premises, TTK Road till October 20, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

SWAPNA SATHISH

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