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Recreating a lost world

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He loves Nature. Hence, images of birds and butterflies dominate the works of artist S. Rajesh.

An exhibition of his paintings and graphic art began at the Lalithakala Akademi Art Gallery in Thrissur on Tuesday.

“In Bangalore, where I live, I rarely come across birds and butterflies these days. There are buildings everywhere. Trees have almost vanished from the city. This disturbs me. My paintings reflect a lost world of birds and butterflies,” he said.

The paintings have been done in mixed media. The artist has used oil, fabric and acrylic paint.

He has daubed watercolour on wet canvases and let forms emerge. He has developed these accidental forms using acrylic and oil paint.

While the mixed media works are bright, the etchings on show convey a dour mood. To produce each work, a zinc plate is covered with wax. The artist etches a work of art on the plate and dips it in diluted nitric acid.

This is technically called, ‘mordant' (‘biting', in French).

A few mono prints are also on show. A monoprint is a ‘printed painting'. Mono-prints involve print-making, painting and drawing.

Apart from Nature-inspired images, self-portraits too have been included in the exhibition.

The exhibition will conclude on May 21.

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