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Something for everyone

The Art Warehouse stocks a variety that is purse-friendly


"EVERYBODY SHOULD be able to appreciate art," says Tarun Bagga. The collection at the Art Warehouse is so varied that there something for everyone. From flowers and horses to abstract art, every subject and style is covered.

You could easily spend hours browsing. And what would make it worth its while are the prices. Starting from Rs. 145 the costliest artwork here is Rs. 25,000.

"Art is accessible only to the affluent, " says Tarun. "Four years back when I built my house I was looking for something and the one canvas I liked at this gallery was Rs. 90,000!" "This is the same piece," he says, pointing out to a woman in a miniature style with inlay resembling minakari work, priced at Rs. 6,800.

Its not just watercolours and acrylics, the Art Warehouse stocks a wide range of mediums, from marble dust reliefs of Greek bathing beauties, to flowers that have been transferred on to plastic coated canvas for easy cleaning. The original art displayed here may not be that of famous artists, but is exciting nonetheless. For the added value of a name, there are reproductions and prints. These include prints from Picasso's blue period and Hussain's Fida collection.

The Baggas have also planned a `mock-room' that will be converted into living spaces, displaying art with furniture. So the client can see their choice on the walls of a bedroom or drawing room, before they take it home. The space will also be used for exhibitions of selected artists.

The frames, Art Warehouses main business, are as eye catching as the prints themselves. They come in different sizes, colours, textures; some are also doubly mounted and engraved. Particularly interesting is the frame that works as an extension of the canvas; tulips overflow in a burst of red and green.

The Art Warehouse is at 48 (old 151) Kodambakkam High Road, ph: 28272124.

MEERA MOHANTY

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