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Colourful mosaic

Satheesh Paul's works in oil pastels explore the possibility of various artistic expressions of the human form


OIL PASTELS are a favourite with artist Satheesh Paul, even though he has tried out different types of graphic printing and oils. This painter, who graduated from the Kerala University, has a Masters in Graphics from the Bangalore University.

Geometric forms

Paul has done some colourful works, where the theme revolves round the human form. The form has been manipulated in such a way that it becomes difficult to discern the human form immediately, what with an addition of several geometric forms placed strategically. The artists chooses such titles as "Vasavadatta wanted to say more..." based on ancient literature; but these works are more like colourful mosaics. It is said that brightly coloured works are the rage in Mumbai now, where Paul lives and works.

One painting where he laughs at himself is effective. The donkey, which represents him, is laughing at the print of his palm, in which the lines supposedly indicate that he has no good fortune. The pose of the donkey says a lot. Another work deals with the sheep and the shepherd, who laments the imminent death of his pet animal in the hands of the butcher.

Though stylized and somewhat static, Paul has been able to convey the sadness of the occasion through the faces of the man and the sheep. There are a few prints and paintings, which have a sculptural effect; apart from appearing rather complicated with plenty lines, and faces peeping out here and there, there is hardly anything to write home about.

The glass print of a man's face brings to the fore Paul's talent in this medium.

The face is composed of myriad scratches rather powerful lines; the eyes are expressive and the lines too add to the emotion.

Simplicity of lines

Similarly, a serigraph of a dog curled on the floor is very telling in its simplicity of lines, while at the same time expressive of the nature of the animal.

In fact, Paul comes off far better in his graphics than in his paintings.

The exhibition of Satheesh Paul's works are on show at the Vinyasa Art Gallery, TTK Road, till November 30.

LAKSHMI VENKATRAMAN

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