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Eight and new

A group of young artists and designers take their first creative step...

OPEN TO the elements and braving the uncertain monsoon showers of Chennai in The Terrace of `The Park' hotel were a group of young artists and designers taking their first creative steps into the world. `New 8' is the annual exhibition of paintings and design by the students of the Julius Macwan Institute. It showcases the works of Abraham George, Amina Harris, Sandra Daniel, Radhika Ramani, Mahalakshmi, Uma Maheswari, Swati Khandelwal and Jayanti Vuppulri, the eight new artists who emerge from the Institute this year, along with that of Amita and Karuna Ahuja, previously students at the Institute.

Among paintings professing the influences of the modern Western masters such as Van Gogh and Mark Rothko are also works in distinctively personal styles showing fine levels of creativity. Conversant with the play of cut colours, Jayanti's figurations exude a sombre sullenness, while morose darks articulate sensitively in the work of Abraham George. Very few forms inhibit the flat backgrounds of his compositions, implying an absence of space and thus their presence within a void, seemingly suggesting solitude. Using the idiom of expressivism he employs different techniques to generate a lonesome mood.

Unusual perspectival viewpoints in Uma's compositions along with her realistic representation, adds significantly to the interest her paintings generate. Amita's predominantly figurative etchings are full of the complexities of fascinating meticulous detailing, significantly differing in terms of idea and implementation in her paintings.

While the creative expression of these young artists is convincingly evident, there is disparity in the graphic design on display, which beckons enhancement.

After showing at The Terrace of `The Park,' the exhibition has now moved to the Julius Macwan Institute on Kasturi Ranga Road, Alwarpet until November 23.


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