An ongoing exhibition of paintings by M.P. Sheeja at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi art gallery in Kozhikode is noticeable for the breadth of emotions explored in them.

Ms. Sheeja, a chartered accountant by profession, hails from Chirayinkeezh in Thiruvananthapuram.

After making a mark as a poet though her anthologies, she has reinvented her childhood passion for painting only a few years ago and since then has conducted a few exhibitions in Thiruvananthapuram.

The exhibition here, featuring some 30 paintings, including portraits, began on Tuesday.

The thematic paintings include “Touched by the heart,” “Newborn eyes,” “The signature of things,” “Seeking wind,” “Out of seasons,” “Unequal thought” and “Still weeping hope.” “Winter under fire” is much appreciated by most visitors at the gallery, Ms. Sheeja says.

She is in planning a series of paintings on science, a rather unexplored topic by artists. Two from the series, “Orbit unlimited” and “The map of a mad molecule,” have been exhibited in the gallery as sample pieces. There is also a painting of the Nilgiri tahr, an endangered species found mostly in the Eravikulam National Park, which is exhibited as a sample piece for a series on endangered and extinct animals.

The portraits exhibited include those of Satyajit Ray, Albert Einstein, Bhagat Singh, Sahodaran Ayyappan and O.V. Vijayan. Most of these were drawn by Ms. Sheeja for the covers and illustrations of her own books. All the works are made on canvas using acrylic medium.

The exhibition will conclude on January 11.

Aabha Anoop