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Framing imagination

Rani Devalla
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Master stroke:Artist S. Vijay Kumar with his mountainscape work on display at Patnaik’s Art Gallery in Visakhapatnam.– Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam
Master stroke:Artist S. Vijay Kumar with his mountainscape work on display at Patnaik’s Art Gallery in Visakhapatnam.– Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Having tried his hand in violin, sketching and other multiple streams, Vijay Kumar Somanchi finds solace in art. “Initially, I used to copy different forms of art without adding much creativity. But I rediscovered myself as an artist when I was idle for two years after my graduation.”

The novel ‘Lust for Life’ written by Irving Stone inspired Vijay Kumar to unearth his creative world. “The story deals with hardships faced by the Dutch painter and how he overcomes adversity to succeed in life. It did touch me a lot and from then on there was no looking back,” he explained.

He feels that one has to be on guard while using water colours. “Landscapes and mountainscapes flow out of your imagination which is usually not time bound. But with water colours, it has to be a continuous process. You cannot pause and then resume the painting using water colours as the texture might lose its charm. But with oils as the medium, you can have your own space.” Vijay Kumar’s works bring nature close to the heart with its captivating beauty. Despite being a retired employee of SBI, he never stopped to be a student in the stream of art.

“International exhibitions made me embed modernity into my work. We come across different artists and their exhibits. It is important to evolve constantly by analysing people’s tastes and preferences and master your skill incorporating those elements.” He captures the beauty of mountainscapes on canvas pouring life in various forms and shapes. Apart from the painting brush, his other tools include knife and wicks to enhance the perfect texture of rocks. According to him, painting is not confined to preconceived ideas or copying. “We do get inputs seeing various art pieces, but when you paint, it should reflect spontaneous thought process that comes from within,” he added.


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