The varied styles of the seven artists reflect their different outlook to life

This group of seven are starting out on their artistic journey with hope, earnestness and much humility. One hopes the journey will be smooth and the destination sweet. All of them together have put up 35 works.

This is their fourth show. They studied art at the Malayala Kalagramam and are now into various professions, all with accent on art.

They may have studied together but their styles and outlook on life are all different so that you have as many styles there, at the Durbar Hall Art Centre, where the show, called Interactions opened on May 8.

O. Babu, who is an art teacher, mixes realism and surrealism with ease. One of his paintings has a self portrait with his family and right above, something that looks like intestines, all coiled up, which gives you a scare. In another, a face sticks his tongue out. Rony James Martin, who is studying art in Lahore, Pakistan now, has taken the rough route. He does etchings and paper embossing, which are time consuming and difficult to produce.

There are etchings in black and white and coloured prints too. His exposure to different kinds of installation experiments in Pakistan has influenced his works. Jagadish, who is wholly into art, has put up works which are influenced by his surroundings.

Nature is everywhere, rural settings and birds and insects, however abstract he gets. His forays into photography have also influenced his works. P. Sreekumar, who works in the Panchayat department, feels strongly about the way women are often given no choice to lead their lives as they like. In a ‘She’ series, he gives ‘her’ prominence. Premachandran Moodadi’s canvases are bold and loud and strike a statement. He dabbles in cinema and also writes, working actively in theatre.

Rajesh Edacherry teaches drawing in a school and his concern over the dying rural scenes comes out on his canvases. In one of them, a ‘chembakam’ tree is on the verge of dying, yet flowers. His people look desperate on the canvas.

You would think T.V. Sajesh is somewhere from a North Indian village, but no, the yathras he undertook makes him paint scenes from rural North Indian villages. His colours have a strange charm and his figures bubble with life, even if they are just outlines.

All seven in the group are members of the South Asian Fraternity and involved in several social activities.

The works are low priced, from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 25,000. The show is on till May 14.

PREMA MANMADHAN

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