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For the love of art...

`Light and shades' is a celebration of love in black and white

Pics: K. Ananthan.

LOVE IN LIGHT AND SHADES: Bhuvana with her paintings. Portrait of Arthanareeswarar (below).

NOT MANY artists take charcoal as a medium seriously. But, V. Bhuvana obviously enjoys the medium and her works done using charcoal exhibit a lot of sensitivity. Be it the poet Subramania Bharati or a caring mother, all her paintings convey the message of love.

"The paintings express different shades of love. The feeling cannot be restricted just between a man and woman. In Bharati's portrait, I have shown his love for poems. In the next painting, a mother allows her daughter to enjoy the rain; but her saree pallu covers her kid's head to protect her from rain. This again shows love," says the artist.

Bhuvana's creations on show at the ongoing `Light and Shades' exhibition at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust reveal that she is a keen observer of life, people, their movement, and a gamut of emotions with a sense of involvement.

The finishing in her works is smooth and without the trace of any outline. "In a medium like acrylic, oil or water colour, it is easier to give details for portraits and objects, but to put across expression is always difficult," she adds.

Why did she choose black and white? "I thought this is an ideal medium for this concept. Love need not be colourful. It is a fine feeling that has to be experienced. I have expressed it indirectly but with realistic images in my paintings," she adds.

All about love

Pics: K. Ananthan.

Portrait of Arthanareeswarar.

Even as a young child, she had the urge to become an artist, especially after seeing her father paint signboards. But even after acquiring a degree in computer science and a job as a designer, it is the art that continues to inspire her. "My love is art. It's a self-interest and most of my learning is through sheer observation."

Love is also expectation and this comes to the fore in the painting of a village woman with her children carrying empty pots with hopes for water. In M.S. Subbulakshmi's portrait, it is love for music, in Lord Nataraja it is dance... .

There is also a painting of `Arthanareeswarar' (Paramasivam and Parvathi), bull fight, a woman admiring herself in front of a mirror and dance and portrait of a kathak artist with anger writ all over the face.

To show that in love there is no expectation, Bhuvana has painted the image of a broken statue. "The expression on this image shows that there has to be mutual give and take in love," she explains. The charcoal drawing of a `pregnant lady with her dog' is expressive and realistic. She has used the concept of mixing of raindrops with soil to express the feeling of oneness in love.

A seashore with a broken boat and just the footprints on sand explains loneliness while for friendship there's a portrait of two tuskers. "Though some of the paintings look like modern art, there is a realistic touch to it," Bhuvana says.

Bhuvana's show, on till March 8, is a first solo effort by a woman in Coimbatore. Each painting comes with a price tag of Rs.2, 000 and a discount will be offered.

K. JESHI

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