Art An exhibition of art by children unravels the beauty and innocence of a child’s eye

This time around, it’s children’s art being displayed at IconArt Gallery, instead of abstract or expressionist work. The exhibition titled ‘The Natural Child’, gets support and inspiration from Pablo Picasso’s words — “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” Picasso was probably impressed by the spontaneity that children bring to art.

The children who have presented their works are children of established and budding artists. The young talented artists include Srihamsini, Jesmar Paul, Kamalini K, Zan Paul, G. Manasvi, G. Nanivishal, Verna Chand, Divesh Reddy and Chanakya Reddy.

As you observe along the walls, you’ll spot, dinosaurs, butterflies, swans, cats and puppies but you will also find art that is visually striking. Art provides authentic self expression, this lies especially for children because they are incapable of understanding social complexities and they are free to play around as they please to express their choices, thoughts and feelings. A picture painted by child is often a window into his or her heart, mind and soul. It is exciting to see how they understand and deal with the seemingly adult world that is presented to them. Child art displays engaging imaginations of the innocent mind of a child.

Children don’t critique their work, in the fashion that adults do. Visual images help children in communicating their emotions and feelings. If you look at Manasvi’s paintings, you’ll see a beautiful imagery of swans about to take flight and if you look at her other work — it is a bright mix of different shades of blue traversing the canvas with no particular destination but a steady route. Jesmar Paul’s works too are splashes of paint on paper. Jesmar’s canvas is brown, grey and red and you can see that there is effort in making the pattern. With crayon, water colours and acrylics, these children have expressed without hesitation.

VISHNUPRIYA BHANDARAM

What: ‘The Natural Child’ an art exhibition by artists’ children

Where: IconArt Gallery, Banjara Hills, Road No. 12

When: Till November 17, 11.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Contact: 9849968797; iconartinfo@gmail.com

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