The exhibition by three arts students at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery is wonderful play of light, structure and stories
Siva's depiction of Narasimha greets visitors to the Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery in Pilamedu. B. Siva and his batch mates A. Vijayan and P. Vijayaragavan from the Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam are in town to present their work in an exhibition named “Flamboyant.”
Narasimha faces Venus in the other room. ‘The Birth of Venus', William-Adolphe Bouguereau's 1879 oil-on-canvas, has been reproduced by Vijayan. The artist also has an acrylic painting titled ‘Travel in Space'. The painting is a play of light and colour with beams of complimentary colours depicting a man's quest in space.
There are a series of paintings by Siva depicting low relief sculptures of the Nageswaran Temple in Kumbakonam. The paintings, bordered by white and red temple stripes, are part reproductions of the relief and part murals depicting stories in the Ramayana.
There are also modern art involving a mix of photographs and paintings and, collages by the artist. Siva has also done a bronze sculpture of two very-Spartan looking warriors in a combat.
Vijayaragavan has done intricate work on sheet metal. His impressions of a decorated elephant and an old man speak volumes of his skill and finesse. He's also has a potted plant with spear shaped leaves of sheet metal.
Their work is fun and experimental. There's something for everyone here. Prices range between Rs. 1000 and Rs. 60,000. The exhibition is on till March 7. For further information you can speak to the manager Kuppuraj at 9442160895.
On the way out you see a colourful painting of Ganesha with numbers all around him. “Those are the marks we pray for in our exams,” explains Siva, “Those marks are mine and the ones below are Vijayan's.”PHEROZE L. VINCENT