ANDHRA PRADESH

Colourful expressions

Painter K. Ravi at his solo exhbition at Plam Beach Hotel in Visakahpatnam on Wednesday. —

Painter K. Ravi at his solo exhbition at Plam Beach Hotel in Visakahpatnam on Wednesday. —  

Sumit Bhattacharjee

Painter’s works on display



His works to be put on display at Royal College of Art, London

He participates in quite a number of exhibitions



VISAKHAPATNAM: A quote in the Upanishad conveys: “The sensation and emotion derived out of vision and ecstasy are the most powerful motive forces in the creation of art.” A full impact of this quote can be observed in the works of K. Ravi, a painter who is struggling to make both ends meet.

He is currently hosting an exhibition of his works at Hotel Palm Beach before despatching them to London for display. He is one among the 30 upcoming artists from India whose works will be put on display in the Henry Moore Gallery at the Royal College of Art, London. The show is part of the festival ‘India Now’, which is being organised by the Mayor of London. The painting part of the show at the festival is being organised by Delhi-based art gallery Art Alive.

Ravi, who graduated from the fine arts college in Andhra University, did his MFA from Viswa Bharathi University, Santiniketan. Like any other professional painter, he has got his own style and concept. On one hand, his paintings exude a joyful expression, while on the other it gives a subtle suppressed feeling of sadness.

They are bright but they also radiate a mood of loneliness. They are simple and one can easily relate to the theme.

Human figure, especially in the feminine form amidst nature, had been an important and recurring motif in his works since beginning. He explains: “I was born and brought up in a small village where I had seen men and women toiling in the fields and children spending the day under the shade of trees in company with domestic animals. This verdant landscape is well entrenched in my mind and that gets reflected in my works.”

Focus on environment

He also says that now there is a slight shift in the concept and he is focussing more on environment.

Primarily working with acrylic on canvas, he also uses pastels, charcoal and pen and ink to complete is work.

Though he has participated in quite a number of exhibitions both solo and group and his works can be seen on display in many of the top galleries in the country, his life has been a struggle since day one. But has not lost heart. He believes that his day would also come. “It is only a matter of time,” says he with confidence.

The exhibition is on till Friday.



His works to be put on display at Royal College of Art, London

He participates in quite a number of exhibitions





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