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Artworks on display at ‘Art Insight' at Shivabagh in Mangalore. — Photo: R. Eswarraj
Artworks on display at ‘Art Insight' at Shivabagh in Mangalore. — Photo: R. Eswarraj

The contents of a small room in an Indian Oil petrol station bring to mind the lines in a poem written by William Blake: “To see a world in a grain of sand; and a heaven in a wild flower.”

The range of artwork displayed at the gallery is astonishing for those who would like to explore them.

Visiting the “Art Insight” art gallery in Shivbagh is an interesting way to spend an hour or two if you have the time, and for some people, the money.

The gallery not only exhibits artworks from artistes across the State, but sells their work to those who think that a thing of beauty or anything that captures your imagination is a joy forever.

Displayed at the gallery are varied paintings as the exhibition did not seem to have any theme.

The lack of order was rather charming, as one notice Mary and Jesus, Mother Teresa, and what appears to be an imitation of tribal art, all in the same room.

There were at least two paintings on the woman who almost revered for service to the poor, but it was not the Mother Teresa without the wrinkled smile that one sees in photographs. The artist's Mother Teresa was the one dressed in her characteristic blue-bordered white sari, clearly standing out against the dark background. Perhaps, to show her with all the struggles she faced.

You could stare at some of the paintings trying to draw your own meaning from it, as they have no recognisable conventional theme or form.

Other paintings such as one representation of the Buddha were also unusual. The Buddha's body was rather muscular, painted whitish-yellow to look like the light.

His silhouette was framed with a rather unusual choice of colour, fluorescent pink, bright grassy green, and a muted blue.

The images and colours in the room keep changing, and for those whose minds are similar, the art gallery is always a place to spend some time.

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