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KERALASCAPES: Opening in the Capital this coming Monday, Eby N. Joseph's exhibition of paintings titled "Kerala Darsanam" is aimed at portraying the visual beauty of the State.
KERALASCAPES: Opening in the Capital this coming Monday, Eby N. Joseph's exhibition of paintings titled "Kerala Darsanam" is aimed at portraying the visual beauty of the State.

Madhur Tankha

An exhibition of paintings showcasing Kerala's natural beauty begins on Monday

NEW DELHI: Depicting the natural beauty of God's Own Country will be an exhibition of paintings titled "Kerala Darsanam" by Eby N. Joseph that opens at Travancore Art Gallery here this coming Monday.

Though Eby has mounted several exhibitions across the country under the same title, this is the first time his works will be displayed in the Capital. The nine-day exhibition features 35 paintings in acrylic.

Eby's forte is landscape painting and his portraits that show impressionist influence stand apart from the style of paintings of other Indian artists. With the aid of brush and knife, the artist has given a three-dimensional effect to his works.

As the theme for the exhibition is Kerala's natural splendour, the paintings depict fountains, lakes, ridges and beaches and the life of its people in communion with nature. Many of the pictures capture the seasonal transformation of nature.

In 2000, Eby started a challenging artistic venture of portraying the visual beauty of Kerala through 1,000 canvases. Having already completed over 650 canvases, the artist is slowly but steadily inching towards his goal.

Eby's portraits include Kuppuswami whose eyes speak volumes on life, Muneeswaran Kovil and Vasuvettan and also the grand old man of Rajasthan -- Habeebmiya. Each picture bears witness to unbridled use of colour symbolising the feeling of co-existence with nature. Shunning the traditional method of drawing portraits or making a detailed sketch on the basis of lines marked with the aid of geometry, Eby directly employs colours with brush on the canvas.

The exhibition will be on view up to March 13.

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