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A course in photorealism

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IN COMPLETE FORM Some of the paintings
IN COMPLETE FORM Some of the paintings

Art completes a full circle with artists trying their hand at realism

The exhibition is called Fotogiraphy, the way it is pronounced in Hindi, but it is anything but naïve. On weekend, pubbers at 10D got to see the series of 23 paintings over their evening pints, now you can catch them at Daira Art Gallery at Banjara Hills. Bringing together seven artists is Atiya Amjad who came up with the idea of application of photography in drawing and painting.The attention grabber is of course the Monalisa denatured of the sfumato style and morphed into a modern woman with lace and spaghetti clothes and striking a pose like a model. Done by Jagadish Dhyan Sreyas who now lives and works in Mumbai, the Monalisa has its counterpart: a stylised self-portrait with a bleeding heart. Another way of looking at photorealism is Masuram Ravikant's dream images where he juxtaposes a realistic incandescent lamp, scoops out the filament and places different images drawn from the subconscious. If one painting has an angry woman staring out from her setee, then there is a sadhu who wears a Shivling that gets enclosed in the bulb, yet another image is a man with a gun in the bulb. The stark background adds to the mysteriousness of the paintings. The other artists whose works are on show include: Manish Sutar, Santosh Rathod, Rajan Krishnan, Rashmi Trivedi and T. Srinivas. SERISH NANISETTI

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