ANDHRA PRADESH

Nature captured in its various hues

LIVELY: Jumana Topiwala with her paintings at the exhibition of Art Works at WelcomHotel Grand Bay in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.

LIVELY: Jumana Topiwala with her paintings at the exhibition of Art Works at WelcomHotel Grand Bay in Visakhapatnam on Saturday.  

B. Madhu Gopal

VISAKHAPATNAM: "Art Work' is back again with its annual exhibition-cum-sale of paintings at WelcomHotel Grand Bay.

The art creations in watercolours, dry pastels, pen and oil on canvas, drawings depicting various facets of human life and nature can match different decors and varied tastes.

The vibrant flowers, scenery and landscapes provide a feast for the eyes. A replica of the legendary Ravi Varma's painting of a royal woman playing the sitar recaptures the regal splendour of a bygone era.

``Flower is my pet subject and I specialise in painting flowers of different hues in water colours,'' says the exhibition organiser, Jumana Topiwala.

The works of 25 artists, all of whom are students of Ms. Jumana, are on display. Their prices range from Rs.1,000 to Rs.15,000.

No black or white

``We click pictures of our subjects and select from them to paint. We do not use white and black colours but make use of the natural colour of paper for the former and mix different pigment colours to get the black shade. This ensures that the colours do not lose their vibrancy.''

The beauty of the paintings has been enhanced by excellent framing. "When we started off six years ago, most of our works were re-copies from published photographs and old paintings but now 80 per cent of the 177 exhibits on display are originals,'' says Jumana.

The two-day exhibition, which was inaugurated by the Municipal Commissioner, N. Srikant, on Saturday, will conclude on Sunday.

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