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Reflecting reality

Yejneswaran's paintings draw inspiration from daily life

"MY DREAM is to dream in colour", says the up and coming artist S.Yejneswaran. In his third solo exhibition, the 25-year-old Yejneswaran brings together a colourful ensemble of his oeuvre. Emotions such as joy, melancholy and expectation find expression in the 30 canvases, which have been collectively titled as `Dreamz in Colour.'

For a person who draws inspiration from day-to-day observations and the media, many of Yejneswaran's paintings mirror societal realities. The painting decrying war is a telling example. While depicting the chaos and confusion that follows war, his painting also feature people who wish to stay away from it all. Explains Yejneswaran: "I have tried to bring out the various facets of war."

Extolling the virtue of happiness represented through dance as against the misery of war is a painting of white-gowned dancers. The scene of a sandstorm has been very realistically portrayed in his paintings. Sorrow is the dominating emotion in a painting that depicts women. The painting of the Buddha preaching to his disciples is perhaps the artist's way of suggesting a path that can erase sorrow and pain.

Influences

The collection draws heavily from ethnic culture and mythological characters. "Tribal life is marked by bright colours and narrative incidents that are a joy to paint," the painter says. The depiction of Ganapathy in the feminine form is an idea that he has borrowed from the temples of Udaipur and Suchindram. There are also copies of Ravi Varma paintings in Yejneswaran's collection. He says: "These paintings are my way of paying respect to the great artistic talent of Ravi Varma."

Lack of buyers

Yejneswaran's present collection of paintings effectively conveys his interest in painting. While acknowledging the support of his teacher, B.D. Dethan, and his family, especially his parents, S.S. Mony and Saraswathy Mony, he laments the lack of takers for such forms of art in the city. He says, "Initially, painting was a hobby. It is only over the past three to four years that I started concentrating on my art. I enjoy painting and that is what keeps me going."

The exhibition is on till March 21.

Rema Sundar

Photo: S. Mahinsha

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