The award-winning creations of budding artists are on display at Art Fair 07'It is a mix of tradition and modernity at the ongoing Art Fair 07'. Students of Lalit Kalakshetra, Raviraj Institute of Fine Arts, have used chalk powder, ceramic powder, rajma beans, collage, soap water, kerosene on oil and strips of colour paper to give an innovative twist to traditional paintings. Explains A. Sapna, winner of `Best artist of the year' award, about her `Dancing girls': "Initially, all the girls in the painting carried umbrellas. Later, I removed some of the umbrellas and changed the background colours to convert the acrylic work into an abstract piece of art." As part of its 15th anniversary celebrations, the Raviraj Institute organised a competition for its students in the junior and senior categories. The winning paintings and works of other students are available for sale at the fair, on at the institute premises on Trichy Road till March 5. Nivedita's African elephant in oil won her an award. "It is easier to correct a mistake when working on oil," she says. Her other paintings included `Glances' an abstract (based on the body of a woman), `Colours of life' in crayons, and a mix of abstract and realism in oil and Indian ink works."It is all about putting your heart and soul into it," says M. Preeti Bafna, a computer science student whose oil painting won laurels at the competition. "Interest also matters. Once you start exploring this form of art, you tend to look at things differently. Basic sketching is important. It makes you think, feel for the subject and come up with creative ideas," she adds.
Boosts confidenceFor housewives Meena Ratadia and Asha Vivek, participating in painting classes boosted their self-confidence. If Meena experimented with chalk powder and ceramic powder to bring out 3-D effects in `Welcome home', Asha chose to sprinkle droplets of kerosene on the oil layer (done in single colour) in `Desire'. Among charcoal works, you will find `My Afghan love' (the lady with a veil), Lord Krishna and a silhouette of a boy, all done by Mihir. H. Powani. It took him five months to complete the award-winning Lord Krishna portrait. Michael Charles's watercolour portrait, a mix of water and poster colour works, pencil shading and still life in oil are also available.A portrait of veteran actor Sivaji Ganesan (water medium with transparent colours) is on display along with his winning watercolour portrait of a common man. Other exhibits include Kavitha Sri Sri Mal's wood carving. "I have mixed white and black M-seal to shape the trees. A knob, ruler and pen tops have been used to lend texture. I have pasted sand on the bottom layer and painted the entire design with fluorescent China colours," adds Kavitha. Quilling work (sheets of paper stacked in the shape of a parrot) in watercolour background, a pencil sketch of Mother Teresa and a collage by Premalatha Nagesh are some of the other works. "Our objective is to create awareness about art among the public. Basic exposure to art is important in professions like product designing, fashion, textiles, architecture or cartoon designing, Students can also take it up as a career option," says Raviraj, director of the institute.K. JESHI