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Updated: April 12, 2013 16:57 IST

The art of cartooning

Harshini Vakkalanka
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Lines and colours convey meaning.
Special Arrangement Lines and colours convey meaning.

Parjanya Sau tries to integrate modern art and cartooning in his solo exhibition

Parjanya Sau’s exhibition “Impressions and Expressions” features a mix of caricatures and cartoons that are quite straightforward yet quirky.

They are straightforward in the messages they convey and quirky in their style.

Parjanya has worked on both black and white and colourful caricatures of personalities as varied as Abraham Lincoln, Diego Maradona, Albert Einstein and Charlie Chaplin who share space with Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Vincent Van Gogh. “I’m trying to merge modern art and cartooning in my works, where my lines and colours convey something. For instance, I have used red, green and orange to represent the two periods in Pablo Picasso’s life. In the Van Gogh portrait I have kept the background deliberately dark to bring back the time when he spoke of sorrow whereas he liked to paint in yellow because it represented joy,” Parjanya. This is his first solo exhibition.

He has also worked on poster-style cartoons using simple and clear, almost stylistic lines and imagery to convey his message, largely about society and the environment. For instance, in one such cartoon he shows a white-robed, bearded God holding up a board saying “Missing Faith on God” amongst other announcements for missing cats, pups and children.

“Impressions and Expressions” will be on view until April 20 at the Indian Cartoon Gallery, #1 Midford House, Midford Garden, off M.G Road, near Big Kids Kemp, Trinity Circle. For details, contact 41758540.

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