The works of five artists are all in different styles, but they are similar in passion

The brushstrokes of five artists — Ramesh Nambiar, Sneha Nadig Yadav, Anup Gomay, N. Swetha and Anvesh P. and one photographer Piyush Goswami — are all drastically different, but passionate in their expressions.

Their works range from oil on canvas to mixed media and pencil and charcoal sketches. Ramesh Nambiar's paintings vary in theme and style.

“I like painting and I like to paint in a way that engages people's interest. For instance, in ‘Amor', I have tried to represent feelings between a man and a woman. I have also painted a European, Renaissance style figure — of girl holding a basket of grapes in a field. You could say that most of my works in this exhibition are figurative,” says Ramesh.

Sneha's pencil and charcoal sketches also capture faces, mainly of women, young and old. These faces all have myriad expressions, mostly quiet or absorbed in themselves.

“I feel that women and children express a lot more. I usually capture any face that catches my attention. It doesn't necessarily have to be positive,” says Sneha, a software engineer and a self-taught painter who prefers sketching to painting.

The exhibition also includes a few photographs by Piyush Goswami. Though he has captured commonplace occurrences — a group of people on a road, a locked door, a mother walking with her children and a plant — each of them seems like a piece of poetry.

The passion and fierce beauty of a woman, bedecked with gold ornaments and holding a sheathed sword, or standing with a bird on her hand is captured very effectively in Anup Gomany's large canvases. The same fierceness and beauty reflects in his mythological works, which are very detailed. Then there are Anvesh's mixed-media works of women, mostly shy, sometimes demurely holding a flower in a garden. He has also painted a meditative Buddha.

“I have tried to showcase Indian women in their various manifestations. My figures stand out from their textured layers,” says Anvesh, an art teacher and a self-taught painter. Swetha's works are also very Indian, as evident from her large canvas of children playing snakes and ladders on the floor, which poses as a larger-than-life board for the game.

“My works are all based on life and its experiences through symbols. The snake and ladders game represents life and the dice represent destiny, which guides us to success and failure. I have also used bubbles in one of my paintings, to depict how short-lived life is, whether in joy or in sorrow,” says Swetha.

She has also painted two young women, one of whom is real (she wears a salwar kameez) and one is a projection in multicolour. The multicolour woman happily talks on the phone while the “real” lady looks on at her projection wistfully.

“The woman is recalling her conversations with her beloved. Here, I have tried to showcase how a woman feels while talking to her beloved,” adds Swetha.

The exhibition at the Renaissance Gallerie, off Cunningham Road, will continue until October 8. For more details, contact 22202232.

Keywords: art exhibition