Mangaluru

These collages are picture perfect

One of the paintings from the ‘Prints and Patches’ exhibition at Prasad ArtGallery in Mangalore on Monday. Photo: R. Eswarraj

One of the paintings from the ‘Prints and Patches’ exhibition at Prasad ArtGallery in Mangalore on Monday. Photo: R. Eswarraj  

Prints and Patches art exhibition showcases the best of collages and prints by students

From a distance they look like ordinary paintings that are usually found in restaurants or hotels. However a closer look reveals their uniqueness: there is a thin white space between the strokes of the art.

These are not oil or acrylic paintings, and are, rather, collage works – where tiny bits of paper cut out from magazines are pasted close to each other to form images.

“It takes around a month to (make) one piece. The sticking of the papers does not take much time, but finding out the perfect colours from magazines takes a long time,” said Umesh V.M., whose picture of fruits in a basket finds a prominent place on the walls of the gallery.

The background is made of black paper, numerous shades of orange, yellow make up the table. An apple’s different colours are brought out by sticking thin slices of multi-hued, glossy red paper together.

The “Prints and Patches” art exhibition displays 30 paintings by second year students of the Mahalasa School of Art. Half of them are collage works (“Patches”) and most of them recreate the light and dark of fruits in a bowl.

The rest of the exhibition is comprised print making works (“Prints”) which showcase a wide range of themes and motifs, including rural life and portraits in black and white.

Students of the school explained that the prints were made by first etching on moulding paper or mounting paper or wooden block. Ink is then poured on it, and paper pressed against it – the varying pressure applied gives the images depth – and this technique can be repeated to produce numerous copies.

“The techniques give focus to a sense of arrangement and the visual language of art. The students learn the direction of light and to depict it in art,” said N.S. Patthar, a lecturer at the school.

Chief Executive Officer of the Zilla Panchayat, Thulasi Maddineni, inaugurated the exhibition.

The display, at Prasad Art Gallery on M.G. Road, will be open till Wednesday between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

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