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AS A seventeen-year-old, George Pullatt recalls preparing two entries for a local art competition. A trifle uncertain if that was permissible he dispatched both but on different names. One of course was his own; the other was that of his brother. Sooner than later the results were declared and his sibling, a non-starter in field of art, became a celebrity. His painting had won the first prize and the local media covered him as an upcoming artist. Over the years Pullatt has become far more judicious and weighs up every aspect before he commits himself. This is evident from the choice of gallery for his current exhibition.

"Not more than 10 persons wander into an art gallery on a given day. It made sense to display my paintings at the Raymond's shop where there is a continuous flow of people and when they settle down for a cup of coffee willy-nilly they end up assessing my works."

Pullatt, who has dabbled with paint ever since he can remember, is no protagonist of a particular medium or theme. He is comfortable using any medium; be it watercolour or oils though the latter is his favourite.

He can relate to any subject matter and theorises any theme that appears attractive and "has spirit"; his black and white pen portrait of the late Rajiv Gandhi is a case to point. Pullatt has no qualms about borrowing or even duplicating other works of art, copying from a favourite picture and sometimes from memory. As he says he is no professional and simply wants to make an appealing picture available to the public. Consequently there is a variety of styles and subject matters that line a wall of the plush Café Palette. As the sun dips into the horizon a flock of birds call it a day and relax on an electric wire; sporting a bristly beard a wrinkled old man draws from his hookah; small strips of paper are unevenly torn and then meticulously fixed to form a thickset forest with a quaint bridge lending it a patchy, irregular texture and giving to the collage a feel of mosaic.

Finally, a composition is reserved for the ubiquitous Chinese nets, a characteristic feature of Kochi.

George Pullatt is a man of all seasons. From handling aircraft during his tenure in the Air Force to teaching children in schools, doing a stint in the Reserve Bank of India and finally settling down as an Air Customs Superintendent at the city's airport he's done it all.


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