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Wide canvas

Vinyasa's Fifth Annual Art Show, showcasing the works of artists from across the country, is a melange of ideas and mediums



Vivid strokes: Oil on canvas by J. M. S. Mani

THE INVITATION to the Fifth Annual Art Show organised by the Vinyasa Art Gallery reads `all India', but ironically the representation of artists is mainly from the cities of Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad and Mumbai.

The works are mostly paintings executed in varied mediums and supports such as acrylic sheets, wood, canvas or paper. The representational mode is equally wide ranging, covering the gamut from figurative to abstract.

The artists showcased are Alphonso Arul Doss, K. M. Adimoolam, Achuthan Kudallur, Ashok Bhowmik, Avinash Mokashe, Badrinarayan, Charan Sharma, Chippa Sudhakar, G. K. Dhanoo, Dipali Bhattacharya, Laxma Goud, J. M. S. Mani, K. Muralidharan, Netra Sathe, Nimish Sharma, K. N. Ramachandran, Rekha Rao, D. Ravi, A. C. Rajasekaran, M. Senathipathy, G. Subramanian, V. Solanki, Suhas Bahulkar, Samir Mondal, Shyamal Mukerjee, Thotaa Tharani, T. Vaikuntam, S. G. Vasudev, Veera Santhanam, A. Viswam, Yusuf Arakkal and Yashwant Shirwadkar.

The works are marked by vibrancy, ethnicity, colour mélange, subtle poetry, vivid humour and undeniably the individualist trace of the artist in terms of his brushwork and the theme that he chooses to work with.

Figurative works

Among the well-established names are those of Alphonso, Adimoolam, Achuthan, Senathipathy, Thotaa Tharani and Muralidharan from Chennai. Their works are both abstract and figurative, realised in their typical style except for Muralidharan, whose two works offer a different dimension in simplified technique, with iconic representation of Krishna identified only through his flute. Nevertheless, his colours remain charged and vociferous, creating an engaging dialogue with the details, which hallmark his works. Adimoolam has moved away from his abstracts and glowing dramatic colours to give us a glimpse of his free, spontaneous and characteristically structured sketches, realised with supreme confidence in his still-life works. Achuthan's abstracts remain as enigmatic as ever in monochromatic blues and yellow ochres, calligraphic strokes, textured patterns and poetic subtlety with which he threads his entire composition.

Senathipathy's quasi cubist forms are juxtaposed with decorative patterns intrinsic in detail, with daring colours evoking the rangoli aura. Veera Santhanam's works have the staidness and starchiness of folk deities, structured absolutely with calculated colours to create impressions of printed textiles. The strength of tradition remains rooted in Subramanian's works with the ubiquitous iconic Ganesha, texture and technique strongly echoing the works of Muralidharan.

Among the Mumbai artists, Suhas Bahulkar strikes a different note in the superimposition of two painted frames creating an illusion of spatial play that is intriguing. Kolkata-based Shyamal Mukherjee's works created on acrylic sheets seduce the viewer not only with bold and dramatic colours and decorative patterns but also with caricatured faces and body forms that are tinged with subtle humour. The magical combination of wood and paint has resulted in a strange meld of reality and magical fantasy in Chippa Sudhakar's works. His painted imagery with shallow relief enhances the duality of reality/fantasy.

Fine detailing

The small format paintings of Vasudev are charming incorporating his evolved vocabulary of `Tree of Life' with seductive surface textures effectively melded with monochromatic hues. Laxma's watercolours and drawing are rendered with perfect craftsmanship and delicate detailing in the garments of women and their intricate jewellery. Arakkal's watercolour conveys the impression of silkscreen simulation in calculated patches and guarded strokes of colour.

Shirwadkar's ghatscapes of Varanasi are delightful, rendered impressionistically in sunny colours. The paintings on display are a mélange of ideas, sensitivity to material, ethnic authenticity through the naïve folk idiom and textures and patterns in colours that make the walls vibrate with the artists' passionate intensity.

The show is on at Vinyasa Art Gallery till December 31.

ASHRAFI S. BHAGAT

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