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Updated: June 22, 2011 18:37 IST

Adding colour to the seasons

Ananya Revanna
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Supriya Panday's work 'Unidentified Flying Object' captures the essense of the Six Summer's Monsoons exhibition in Bangalore.
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Supriya Panday's work 'Unidentified Flying Object' captures the essense of the Six Summer's Monsoons exhibition in Bangalore.

The bright, exuberant colours of summer and the sombre flavours of the monsoon blend to create beautiful art at ‘Six Summer's Monsoons', a contemporary visual art exhibition.

Six Indian artists come together in an effort to recreate the seasons, with the focus on the monsoon and all that it entails, seen through their own strokes and brushes at the Alliance Française de Bangalore.

The contemporary art exhibition, held during the week of World Music Day celebrations, showcases paintings, photographs and installation art by the six young artists.

To the artists, this ten-day exhibition was almost inevitable, given their common ideas. Pragya Jain, one of the artists whose work is on display, says, “We all had a similar story to tell, so the exhibition seemed relevant.”

Supriya Panday, another participating artist, adds, “I have been working on nature art for a while now. As this clashes with world music week, we thought we would make our pieces as cheerful, happy and laid-back as possible.”

The best and worst of nature can be seen at the exhibition.

Supriya uses oil and acrylic on canvas, to create bright and vivid images. Her work titled Rainbow Forest, with its garish colours, hits the eyes, while Unidentified Flying Object (pictured) and Unidentified Flying Object 2 capture the essence of the exhibition, as do Pragya's Winter and Fall.

“I painted the various seasons that lead to monsoon and how it feels during those times,” says Pragya.

Soraya Taher Merchant uses mixed media on canvas and watercolour paper, and allows her subtle colours to ease into each other, in simple patterns.

And not all artists stick to the conventional canvas-and-paint to speak their mind. Raveen Panday has five frames of digital art on display, all inspired from his surroundings.

The paintings and etchings of Hari Naren paled in comparison with the other four.

Mithun Jayaram, a Fine Arts Major from Singapore, is an installation artist who will work on a live piece for nine days, using waste paper supplied by printing companies.

He has also worked with toothpicks, matchsticks, pencils, eraser rubbings and post-its. The exhibition is on till June 30 at Alliance Française de Bangalore, Thimmaiah Road, Vasanthnagar.

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