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Back to nature

Gurudas Shenoy's fondness for natural landscape is evident in his works



Gurudas's works are usually marked by technical competence and compositional elegance.

GURUDAS SHENOY is a prolific painter whose works are regularly featured in solo and group shows across the country. Son of the late G.S. Shenoy, a distinguished artist and a significant contributor to the art movement in Karnataka, Gurudas holds a Fine Arts degree from M.S. University, Baroda, and has dabbled successfully in several mediums — from woodcuts to watercolours, oils to charcoals.

Gurudas has been the curator of Husain Sankalana since 1990, besides being a prominent figure in the art circuit of the city. As a muralist of repute, he has created innovative designs, patterns and structures for many corporate houses, blending traditional motifs with contemporary ideas and using a variety of material — terracotta, granite, metal, fibreglass and so on. When it comes to painting, his fondness for the natural landscape is quite evident. Undulating hills, flowing rivers, majestic trees, colourful meadows, deep woods, green pastures, dramatic skyscapes, whispering tracks, swaying branches, and sparkling foliage are all part of his cultured and cultivated visual vocabulary. His inspired works are an uninhibited celebration of colours. Over a period, one has noticed a gradual shift from the rugged and often craggy views, to less demanding, but more refined perspectives, which have come to dominate his canvases.

Gurudas's works are usually marked by technical competence and compositional elegance. Characterised by a pastoral charm and brimming with earthy colours, many of his paintings are filled with sharp, angular strokes, which create eye-catching impressions. The moods and tonal values of his images also vary quite dramatically: being soft and serene in some, forcefully dynamic and energetic in others. Besides imaging the natural landscape, Gurudas occasionally includes in his paintings, semi-abstract coastlines and vestiges of rural structures like tiled homes and secluded buildings. Unmanned boats forming part of these compositions float freely to hint at the leisurely life around.

Gurudas's two-dozen paintings (oil on canvas) currently on display at the Welcom Art Gallery are part of his recent series titled The Spirit of Nature. The exhibition, which is open today and tomorrow (February 26 and 27), also includes paintings by Chippy Ganjee, a well-known theatre person, who also played a cameo role in Sanjay Leela Bhansali's film, Black.

ATHREYA

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