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Horses Swamy’s figurative imagination
Horses Swamy’s figurative imagination

A show that shows the artist’s true colours

I paint from imagination,” says V. V. Swamy who is showing his works at the Kakatiya. He need not say that. But his art defies categorisation as he moves from one series to another in a span of few canvases. The works on show at the Kakatiya show the versatility of his art and the fertility of his imagination.

The striking quality of his works is the simplicity and the breadth of his imagination. Simplicity has a charm when it is bonded with geometry and obeys the laws of physics. When it disobeys the laws of nature, then the aesthetic sense feels is violated. Ganeshas, Krishna, even Jesus with a lamb, colourful Telangana folks, toddy tappers and cowherds all of them make it to the canvas of Swamy.

So, there on the canvas is the image of a Krishna with the mountain on his little finger. See closely and the horns of the cows almost stab the people taking refuge under the mountain. Something ajar? Maybe it’s artist’s licence. Light that shimmers in darkness. Perhaps the same reason. But you cannot fault the artist for revelling in colours. That is a sheer delight.

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