Realism - an exhibition featuring the works of contemporary
Indian artists, is on at The Easel Art Gallery. Featuring
the works of around 35 artists from all parts of the country, the
exhibition is in varied media; from etchings to oils, water colours
to mixed media.
Each artist has taken his own viewpoint of the theme- 'realism'.
Some have infused their paintings with a breathtaking brilliance,
some works seem a confusion of ideas, some display a clear humanistic
strain, while only a few make a strong impact as regards the theme.
works of D. Ebenezer are worth a special mention, (for instance,
his portrait, titled Mr. Prinz). So also P.
B. Hasoor's works - 'Untold' and 'My
face'. Pramothes Chandra, Anjan Das, T. Ramadoss and Apoorva
Desai are the other artists whose works made an impact. Dipankar
Ray's works were marked by the use of rich, vivid colours and
strong, bold strokes.
Hari Sinha's mixed media on canvas, depicting a flute, was
an eye-catcher. Ramachandra Pokale's works exude a humaneness
that seems so tangible. 'The past memories' and 'House
full problem' emerge easily as the best of the lot.
On view till 21st October. Timings: 10.00 a.m to 7.00 p.m
|Author : Hema Rengaswamy
Photographs : Leslee Lazar
Ten avatars of Lord Vishnu, carved on rice grains!
we think. But not for T. K. Moorthy who has carved the miniature
gods on such a small scale that this piece can be accommodated within
The miniature gods, now exhibited at the Victoria Technical
Institute, are carved out of tiny rice grains (three to six
millimetres in size) and joined meticulously to shape the figures.
On each of the avatars, different colours are given to distinguish
face, eyes, nose and apparel. The crown, upper garment, bow, arrow,
sword, umbrella and flute are differentiated with fine copper wire,
gold coloured silken thread and very small bits of sandalwood pieces,
in conformity with Shilpa Shastra (Art of Sculpting).
the ten miniature rice carvings of Dasaavatharam (Ten Avatars)
are housed on a pedestal (Peedam) made out of rosewood, which is
placed in the Vasantha Mandapam (specially made enclosure)
decorated with very fine carvings of sandalwood.
It took nearly six months for the Chennai-born artist to complete
this work for the Mahatma Gandhi Birth Centenary Memorial Awards
organised by Victoria Technical Institute every year. The award
is presented to the best artists and craft persons from Tamil Nadu,
Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Pondicherry.
The series has been priced at Rs1.51 lakh.
Address: Victoria Technical Institute, 765, Anna Salai,
Chennai 600 002.