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An artist and a designer

Gopal's first one-man show was an extension of the metaphor of the fluidity of art vis-a-vis design.

PAUL RAND, visual designer, architect, technocrat and ex-director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said: "Design is the method of putting form and content together. Design, like art, has multiple definitions. There is no single definition. Design can be art. Design can be aesthetics. Design is so simple that is why it is so complicated." For young Gopal Nayak, Rand is the ultimate guru.

His first one-man show called `Mindscape - An Art Design Show at Shrishti art gallery extended the metaphor. To showcase his abilities and inclination towards various facets of art, Gopal made an effort to smudge the lines commonly felt between commercial and "art." The exhibition consisted of photographs, abstracts in acrylics, poster colours and other mediums like plaster of Paris and typography.

Trained as a painter at the JNTU college of Fine Arts, Gopal retained his interest in commercial art through the well-equipped college library and subsequently took a masters degree in communication from Hyderabad Central University.

The little boy from Singareni collieries who was always amazed by the large hoardings and signboard painters in his township gradually slid into the commercial art world. He worked with organisations like R.K. Swamy and CMC and evolved into a fine designer. He also made two short films on the right to information and contemporary artist Jogen Chowdhary. Presently working for Pramati consultations as a designer, Gopal is in a "comfortable" position where he can indulge in his other "passion" - painting.

As a painter he registers his understanding of all conventional merits immaculately, establishing himself as an enterprising and intelligent student. A series of small acrylic works combined with typography were particularly noteworthy in terms of spontaneity, feeling and the unusual way of using text.

The "quality" was sustained in all the other works too with the confident and deft powerful strokes, the sleek application of the "right" colours with delightful combinations and proper division of space. The various mediums were used with significant perception, particularly typography and the computer, validating Gopal's feeling "that an artist is an artist and there is no difference between a commercial artist and an `artist."

Yet every field invites one to look at the advancements according to its campaign over the ages. Groundbreaking applications - futuristic, novel and experimental still seem to pertain to particular fields of interests.

And Gopal's area of interest - closest to his heart has always been `design.' Visual communication as an art and his proficiency as a designer amplifies his other abilities.


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