Visakhapatnam

Vivid expressions on canvas

Visitors going round the exhibition at Art Station on the Beach Road in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Visitors going round the exhibition at Art Station on the Beach Road in Visakhapatnam. —Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

Art Works is the brainchild of artist Jumana Topiwala, who has been curating the annual exhibition of paintings for over a decade.

Vibrant colours and vivid expressions, mostly in floral and landscape themes, dominate the three-day annual exhibition-cum-sale of paintings of Art Works that took off on Friday at Art Station - The Gallery, at R.K. Beach.

In all, 28 amateur artists, many of them first timers, have displayed their works at the show.

Along with the aesthetic floral themes, this year’s show also features the female figure, representing the myriad layers of complexities as seen through the artist’s eyes, a series of Kerala mural artworks and representations of gods and goddesses.

Art Works is the brainchild of artist Jumana Topiwala, who has been curating the annual exhibition of paintings for over a decade in which her students get to showcase their works.

“The exhibition gives the artists a way forward to connect with art lovers. In the past decade, art as a concept has gone through a sea change in the city. Today, people are open to art and want to explore and bring in different forms of arts to their homes. This is a heartening change for an artist and, perhaps, the best time for art lovers when artworks are still quite affordable, unlike the mature art markets of the metros,” said Jumana, who forayed into teaching art 25 years ago.

Since then, she has guided hundreds of students through their first stokes with a brush. With an emphasis on the idea of affordable art, the exhibition presents a plethora of options that are inspired artworks as well as a few original works.

Artist Padmaja, who has come from Nagpur to participate in the show, has presented her striking works of Kerala mural art with a lot of detailing done on the mediums of watercolour and acrylic.

Artist Lalitha has given an abstract presentation in her three-painting series of goddess Durga, Saraswati and Laxmi. Bringing out the essence of a woman, artist Srikanthi has shown the female form in the five classical elements of earth, air, water, fire and space.

The exhibition is open from 10.30 a.m. to 8 p.m. till Sunday at the Art Station, located near Matsyadarshini aquarium.

Three-day annual exhibition-cum-sale of paintings gets under way

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