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Updated: January 16, 2013 20:13 IST

Back to the basics

Harshini Vakkalanka
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Join the dots and see the form.
Join the dots and see the form.

PREVIEW Prasanna Kumar’s Raw Energy taps in to the grammar of painting

Lines, dots and colours are the basic and mostly the only elements in Prasanna Kumar’s exhibition of watercolours “Raw Energy” that opens today at the Savannah Sinclairs, Whitefield.

But these lines, dots and colours are given textures and layers. What’s more important, though, for Prasanna is that these lines be seen as lines, dots as dots and colours as colours.

“My works are not representations of objects, they are all individual, all raw. I think that these individual elements have more value than a subject or object,” says Prasanna. These elements are set in a backdrop of white that inspires potentiality and creation.

“Any artwork is composed of lines, dots and colours and the white space is there to take the viewer beyond any objects these might create. The white space also brings out the freshness in the colours, the delicate brushstrokes or the lines and their importance is highlighted.”

This is partly his intention, since he believes that lines, colours and dots form the grammar of painting. “We should first understand their value. If we are able to enjoy them, we will be able to enjoy any painting. Then any painting can also be judged by the strength of its lines, strokes and the choice of colours.” Ultimately, he feels, a line is just a line.

He also finds that his choice of watercolours lends a layered quality. He feels the viewer will be able to discern the quality of the medium, as he has explored its possibilities. “Raw Energy” will be on view at the The Savannah Sinclairs Hotel, Whitefield, until January 31. For details, contact 8861478754.

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