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For your walls only

Pick up a print of your favourite painting and get it framed too

Photo: S. Gopakumar

Choosing a print and getting it mounted is easy at this art gallery

TRY LOCATING a print of Hussain or Anjolie Ela Menon in the city. The odds are that your search will end at Gallery 21 at Vazhuthacaud, right opposite Women's College. Not only will you find the print here, you can get it custom-framed as well.

Besides Raja Ravi Varma prints, prints of paintings by contemporary Indian artists such as Kishen Khanna, Jehangir Sabvala and Arpana Caur and European masters such as Vincent Van Gogh, Renoir and Rembrandt are also available here.

According to Thomas Nicholas, who owns Gallery 21, this is the only art gallery in the city that stocks originals and prints of painting.

For those redecorating or decorating their homes, this is the one-stop shop to pick up paintings.

One can find paintings that can be co-ordinated with all the rooms in a house, be it a puja room, bedrooms, dining rooms and even for bathrooms. The varity of prints and paintings available here ranges from landscapes and portraits to pictures of flowers of various hues and sizes.

A variety of finishes

An interesting aspect of the prints is that they are available in a variety of `finishes,' says Thomas. For that authentic look, there is the `linen print,' which looks like canvas and does not need to be framed. Then there are prints that have a hammered-on look, which gives the painting an interesting texture that is different from the flat print.

The gallery also stocks prints of Company paintings, commissioned by the East India Company, dating back to the 19th century. These prints are representative of 19th century Kerala. The gallery also stocks paintings of local artists. There are some striking pencil sketches of city landmarks such as the Museum building and the Padmanabhaswamy Temple.

There are abstract paintings for those who have an yen for those.

Frames too

It is not just paintings that the gallery specialises in. If there is a painting or picture or embroidery work that needs to be framed, Gallery 21 offers many options. Frames are available in a variety of colours and finishes. Those interested can also choose prints from the gallery and get it framed.

SHILPA NAIR

Photo: S. Gopakumar

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