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Playing with light and shade: C.N. Premkumar with his oil painting ‘Princess with Candles’
Playing with light and shade: C.N. Premkumar with his oil painting ‘Princess with Candles’

Radhakrishnan Kuttoor

Pathanamthitta: For C.N. Premkumar, a lawyer at the Thiruvalla Bar, art is a decorative and perfect expression of ideas. This understanding has found a refined, lyrical, composed, elegant and thoughtful expression in his oil paintings.

This 42-year-old lawyer started serious painting during childhood. In course of time, Premkumar alias Unni developed a style of his own — ‘Rain-drop style.’

Premkumar says he is comfortable with his style that gives much visual and theoretical flexibility. “Art reaches its perfection only when it seeks to reveal abstract ideas,” he adds.

Inaugurating the exhibition of oil paintings by Premkumar in Thiruvalla the other day, Justice V. Giri of the High Court of Kerala described the works as exquisite pieces of art with a new style, idea, vision and voice.

‘Soul of a Tree,’ ‘Saga of independence,’ ‘Crying Sun’ and ‘Princess with Candles’ were a few of his works that earned wide appreciation at the exhibition.

Among them, ‘Soul of a Tree’ with the message of nature conservation, ‘Crying Sun’ which gives a visual illusion of the evening sun and ‘Saga of Independence’ which reflects the melting down of the bonds of slavery in the fire of Indian spirituality and non-violence have already been sent for rating to the Kendra Lalita Kala Akademi, according to Premkumar.

It was former judge K.T. Thomas who unveiled ‘Saga of Independence’ during the Independence Day celebrations in August. There is always some kind of ‘space’ where the viewer feels free to use his own sense of perception,” says Mr. Premkumar.

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