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Different strokes

Mastery over form and technique marks the works of three budding artists, on show at Vinyasa

VINYASA IS playing host to three budding artists still in the process of completing their art education from the Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Alamu, Krishna Priya and Sai Divya are final year students of BFA. (Painting), who show promise. The first two artists are mainly figurative, while the third has a predilection for landscapes and still life studies.

Art in her genes

Alamu's genealogy is artistic. She draws her thread of inspiration from her mother and grandfather. Her figurations display mastery over form and control over technique. Her compositions are interesting, attracting attention to the placement of figure elements, juxtaposed interestingly with intricate, decorative designs. Vibrancy and vividness in her paintings reflect her enthusiasm as she stands on a threshold to launch herself into the unforeseen future of the world of art. Influenced by the Art Nouveau painter Gustav Klimt, her works are loaded with stylised yet sensuous elements derived from Nature with tendrils, flowers, buds and leaves artistically forming the background of her works. Interestingly, these decorative patterns that emerge as woven tapestries do not dominate but cohabit comfortably with the human form. Her colours are warm and subdued, enhancing the character of her paintings.

Contrasting colours

Krishna Priya's source of reference is the traditional Kalamkari textiles and design, attracted as she is to it by its process and technique, which according to the artist is organic and eco-degradable. The majority of her works on display are rendered on cloth and executed in the kalamkari technique employing organic colours and the kalam to contour the design in black. Since there are no thematic representations, but a series of design oriented forms, her works do not anchor well as imaginatively laid out compositions. This shortcoming evidences her lack of experience in creatively visualising the predominant design motif and to apply it with originality. Her colours nevertheless are bright and contrasting, typical of textiles, but the overall work fails to impress as framed compositions because of her lack of control over the design possibilities, which such a medium offers. Interspersed throughout her designs are the cat forms, strongly reminiscent of veteran artist R. B. Bhaskaran. But she is quick to rescue her cats being influenced from any other source except to reiterate that she is surrounded by a large number of these feline creatures at home and hence these cats are an integral dimension of her imagination. As they emerge with impunity in her canvases one cannot but link them in their lazy curled forms or stretched tautness to Bhaskaran's study of the same animal. As a matter of fact, some of her oils, depicting interiors and casual figurative studies, show greater promise, in terms of her compositional skill and colour juxtaposition.

Vibrant canvases

In keeping with the youthfulness, eagerness and keenness of the participating artists, the walls of the gallery vibrate with vibgyoric colours. As one turns from the subtleties of Alamu and the earthy yet bright colours of Priya, the works of Divya attract by their texture and technique. Strong reminiscences of the Post Impressionist artist Gauguin echo in her brush strokes and choice of colours as evidenced in the fuchsia pinks and the spirited purples. The still life and landscapes are charming and romantic.

The three artists are undeniably skilled in their technique and representation as expected, emerging as they do from an art institution.

The show titled Trilokva is on at Vinyasa Art Gallery, the Music

Academy premises till February 10.


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