Ramesh and Raju Terdal give voice to village folk and situations

A boy looks lovingly at a deer, which appears to be smiling back at him. There’s a canvas of a reclining cow; only, it has the face of a woman. “I want women to be venerated,” says Ramesh Terdal. The innocence in the faces of the humans and the animals in his paintings takes you back to simpler times.

Village life forms the base of Ramesh’s oil paintings, 20 of which are on display at Art Houz, a newly-opened art gallery at Jenney’s Residency on Avanashi Road. “I hail from a village in Karnataka. I have always been fascinated by the innocence of children and people in villages,” says Ramesh.

His ‘Yellow’ series showcases raw emotions on the faces of village folk, while also touching upon spirituality. ‘Touch You’ shows a man, one hand in a meditative pose and the other trying to touch something. “He is aware, yet detached.” ‘True Living’ has three fish of varying sizes in the same direction. It is a sign of their unity.

Ramesh’s brother Raju has brought in six of his works. Peace and harmony are his themes. His acrylic on canvas paintings show figures drawn in a simple style. ‘Girl With Bird’ depicts a girl with a little bird perched on the top of her finger, seemingly conversing with it. In another work, saint Kabir meditates with a bird perched atop his shoulder. ‘The Family’ shows a man playing a flute while the woman gently touches him, their eyes and posture reflecting their relationship.

The paintings, ranging in price from Rs. 10,000 to Rs. 30,000, will be on display till November 25.

The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. For details call 0422-4335777.