It is a great tribute to the doyen of art C.V. Balan Nair when two of his disciples have come together for an exhibition at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi art gallery here.
Sharatchandran P. and Sadhu Aliyur owe a lot to the Kerala School of Arts founded by Mr. Nair. Their combined exhibition of 80 paintings, which started on February 16, is a treat for art lovers in Kozhikode who are often unable to watch the best talent in the country.
Sharatchandran’s works are notable for their photographic quality, depth and richness of colour. He has used diverse mediums such as dry pastels, colour pencil, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, oil, aqua oil, knife painting and metallic pencil for his sketches of landscapes, living beings and people. His portraits are so lively that one doubts if they are photographs. The scenes he had captured during his wide travel all over the country have been depicted in such a way that the life in them is often tangible.
Sadhu has a way with watercolour, which is considered one of the toughest and most challenging mediums. He seems to be able to make the brush and paint respond accurately to every touch. He has abundant skill in retaining the transparency and purity of colours.
His thoughts and moods come alive with minimal strokes. He is one of the artists who do not need a white pigment for the sparkling white of the eyes; instead he uses the white of the paper. He is known for his paintings on nature.
Sharatchandran is now back home after an illustrious career in the field of advertising, besides his artistic exploits. Sadhu has made his mark as a freelance watercolour artist. He has bagged the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi’s Vijayaraghavan Memorial Gold Medal for 2012. He was also honoured recently by the Turkey-based International Watercolour Society.
The exhibition has turned out to be a big hit among the art lovers of Kozhikode. Many visitors were seen taking time to view each painting. The exhibition will conclude on Sunday.