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Carving a niche

Exhibition of masterpieces at Patnaik Art Gallery in Guntur reflects the innate styles of contemporary art and talent of Patnaik couple, says Ramesh Susarla


ONE DARE not tread with slippers on in the Patnaik Art Gallery, tucked in the greenery of Vidyanagar in Guntur, as C. Ravi Shankar Patnaik, a sculptor of repute, considers it to be a temple rather than an exhibition.

There is a bonanza of art for the connoisseurs of sculpture and painting with Ravi Shankar displaying his bronze carvings alongside the paintings on canvas by his better half, Sandhya.

The gallery is surrounded by the warmth of a welcoming atmosphere, which literally reflects the very mannerism of the art-adoring couple. The same thread of artistic excellence binds Ravi Shankar, a faculty member at the Andhra University Department of Fine Arts, and Sandhya, a passionate artist.


Mother and child

Most of the engrossing paintings on display have motherhood and beautifully-woven mother-child relation embedded in them.

The paintings relate to the traditional themes in the world and life around. "I have come a long way from the stage of oil paintings to the contemporary acrylic paintings," she says. The bright and enriching textures in her paintings make them more attractive.

In her effort to unveil a special characteristic to her paintings, she uses different media bringing forth a unique blend of colours. Difties, a blend of two inter-related conceptual paintings, draws the attention of any visitor. On display are some large frame works, three difties and five oblong acrylic paintings that have been painted with panache.

"My paintings are more contemporary. They are rather figurative and suggestive than descriptive. I use bright colors like red, blue, orange and black which make my them look more avid and enticing," says Sandhya.


The painting in bright red and dark blue shades capturing a woman with her child epitomizes the display of balancing nature possessed by women. Truly masterpieces, the ups and downs in one's life have been vivified by the dark and bright textures.

Bronze sculptures

The special attractions of the gallery are the well-adored bronze sculptures of all hues carved by Ravi Shankar. The mix of bronze and copper provides a different shade, texture to the human figures and reflects his urge and passion for creating a distinct work.

The clay models expressing the royal glory of Indians through ages and the statue of a human being leaning on the ground in pain made up of terracotta are a feast to the eyes.

Indian faces down the ages created by him over the years for different occasions have been sold out or donated, and what remains has been put on the wall.

Mind over matter

"The unswerving fidelity to this art is the driving force behind me. Though it takes a long time and winding process, it is the beauty of these works that enthrall me," Ravi says. In the rough and uneven surfaces of the sculptures, it is the verve in his works that brings out the beauty, add enigma and create wonderment on looking at the pieces.

The sculptures of political gatherings and Indians from ages give an exquisite look from aesthetic point of view. The exhibition at the Patnaik Art Gallery reflects the whole gamut of typical innate styles of contemporary art.

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