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Painting for a cause

The works of leading as well as lesser-known artists are on show to raise money for the underprivileged.

Sudip Roy's evocative waterfront sequence.

AS IS obvious from the title of the show, Art for a Cause is a charity-driven event. Dozens of artists have donated their works, sale of which would raise funds for the beneficiaries — children and women in distress and dependants of prisoners. The exhibition, featuring paintings of both well-known and lesser-known artists, is more than symbolic in how the art community has risen to the call given by the organisers, Foundation for Restoring Human Dignity. The list of participants is a virtual who's who of Karnataka-based artists, not to forget a formidable representation from beyond its boundaries. The pack of contemporary artists is led by the redoubtable M.F. Husain, whose contribution has come in the form of a tamboora-wielding elephant god.

K.M. Adimoolam delights with his Reflex, an abstract painting in blue and grey patches, with red and green interruption. Jasu Rawal in his two works, titled One and Two respectively, uses figurative cut outs within an inner frame, singly or in dialogue. Gopal Adiverkar, on the other hand, plays with some faintly figurative elements and combines them with an abstraction. Belgium-born Jean Letschert, now settled in Bangalore, delineates his spiritual contemplation in The Painter of Light. Sunil Das's Memories of Spain is a swiftly brushed yet powerful, Picasso-esque watercolour of — what else — a bullfighter piercing the back of a raging bull. S.G. Vasudev uses his now familiar paint'n'scratch technique while placing animals on the centre stage of his canvas titled Elephant and Tiger. Yusuf Arakkal works with computer graphics on which smudged patches of dark watercolour create illusions of suppressed horror and potent conflict. Fantasy-bound Aditya Basak features an engrossing lady in his Dream with Discovery Channel — her regal posture and the delicate waves on which she seems to float adding a new, if quietly distinct, dimension. Vijay Bagodi is represented by two aquatint etchings, In The Wake of Peace and Displaced, both exuding expressive intensity in shade and texture.

Sunil Das's powerful Picasso-esque watercolour

Vishnu Sonawane rejoices in his soft ethereal images, while Augustine Annadurai, in his two untitled works, remains engaged with depiction of rural scenes — women and children around a village well in one, and dancing village folk in the other. Bhaskar Rao also paints his seemingly familiar yet evocative rural portraits of women, children and animals. In his own distinct way, P.B. Kurchagi incorporates not one but two faces of a rural landscape on a single canvas titled Vision.

Suresh Jayaram's eloquent colours.

Iranna's untitled work portraying a reclining figure wrapped from foot to shoulder in a white sheath, springs a surprise when the face resembles the Buddha. Somenath Maity, in his two works, both aptly titled Structure, renders old buildings colourfully in blue and green with flashes of red and yellow. Babu Eshwar Prasad, K.T. Shivaprasad, and Suresh Jayaram, with their differing styles and themes, stand in togetherness not only to render eloquent colours but also to express some meaningful concerns of our times. M.S. Murthy, on the other hand, works with quiet simplicity in his watercolour wash on paper. The effectively used dark background is contrasted by mild blue interludes, further accentuated by the suddenness of tiny golden patches. Sudip Roy's evocative waterfront sequence and Sajal Sarkar's dramatic and extreme close up of a partially featured face (Portrait of an Unknown) reflect haunting tones and tempers.

More works are featured in the exhibition. The quality and content are as varied as the style and techniques adopted by the artists and the themes they have tried to incorporate. Understandably, in an event of such magnitude, there are flashes of elegance and beauty contrasted by flickers of casual ordinariness. The exhibition, after a stint at the Windsor Art Gallery till July 5, will move to Chitrakala Parishat where it will be on July 8 to 19.


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