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HARSHINI VAKKALANKA
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ART A show by four artists brings together vivid styles

F olk art, abstracts, watercolour sketches, landscapes and drawings — the exhibition “Express Colours” at the Renaissance Gallerie has it all. Four artists — Chandrakant S.K, Suresh S. Waghmore, John Peter A., and Ravi Pujari have put together various vivid styles of work.

While both Chandrakant and Suresh have put up abstract acrylics on canvas, Chandrakanth's works are full of bright shapes and lines and Suresh's works are a haze of colours creating multi-hued landscapes.

“My works are inspired by festive Indian folk art. I think the current generation is losing out on its rich and beautiful tradition of festivals that my works have tried to draw attention to. I have also tried to play with colours as I'm drawn to them,” says Chandrakant.

John Peter's numerous oils, on the other hand, are more specific and telling.

“Each of my paintings has a story. For example, the ones on musical instruments like ‘Veena', are based on the fact that the visually impaired actually blend into the music since they can't see the instrument; the ones on Mother Teresa are representative of her being through the eyes of the beholder as she has done so much for the poor. My paintings have tried to show that such deeds remain unforgettable in people's memories,” says John.

John has also done a few paintings on the important role that a woman plays in society. He has tried to draw attention to the practice of female infanticide. He has also done a series of abstract ink sketches.

Ravi Pujari's works all have a common theme of horses, apart from a couple of abstract oils. “I love horses and admire their speed and energy. I have tried to depict their awesome power through my works.” There are often two horses engaging in some sort of conflict, which Ravi feels, is a part of love. “Express Colours” will be exhibited at the Renaissance Gallerie on Cunningham Road until August 27.

HARSHINI VAKKALANKA

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