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Reflections of an artist

Lizzie Jacob's paintings give us glimpses of the artist in the bureaucrat



Picture of serenity

THE PAINTER does not follow any particular style in pouring out her thoughts on canvas. Titled `Glimpses,' there are 42 paintings on display at Suryakanti art gallery in Thiruvananthapuram.

The canvases cover a wide range of subjects and themes, in various hues but mostly brown. There are abstracts and realistic paintings in the present collection, which was the result of four long years, snatching what little time the artist could during her busy life as a senior bureaucrat. Mostly done in the evening, Lizzie Jacob says that whatever caught her fancy was depicted on her canvas. Even emotions have been portrayed.

Multicoloured landscapes have been reproduced from memories of places visited during her many travels in Kerala, India and abroad.

Second solo

This is the artist's second solo. Lizzie Jacob had exhibited her paintings along with other painters in Kuwait and New York too.

`Where are you Krishna' is a work that depicts the emotions of Gopikas searching for their beloved who has left behind on the canvas peacock feathers and his flute. There is a warmth in the paintings that is sometimes absent in the works of other artists.

Some of the portraits, mostly of women, convey a sense of loneliness. `Inside the church,' in bold reds and yellows, takes the viewer inside a church.

"I often work on more than one painting at a time. I have also abandoned some of the works midway and taken it up later. Some of them have been redrawn. It has been a long wait for my second solo exhibition," says Lizzie Jacob.

`Reflections,' `Scattered Petals' and `Scattered Leaves' are three of the other works that stand out in this collection.

Kolam series

The four paintings on small canvases that comprise the Kolam series are breathtakingly beautiful. Then there are two, almost identical Buddha's in this collection.

Initially scheduled for January, the exhibition had to be put off because of the tsunami.

BIMAL SIVAJI

Photo: S. Gopakumar

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