Posted on : 09/01/2015 12:19pm
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Chennai’s newest art gallery is aptly titled ‘The Art.’ Located on Kasturi Rangan Road, it occupies the venue of an earlier art gallery, Art Houz. The inaugural exhibition, titled ‘New Beginning,’ reflects this transition from one gallery to another. The curator, Coimbatore-based artist Jitha Karthikeyan,joins us in an interview in Part II of this photo essay.
Modern art and tribal figures rub shoulders in four different styles: sculpture, water colour, acrylic, and black ink. The exhibition features five artists: Raviram VR, Sunil Lohar, Pushpakaran Kadappath, Sunil Lal TR, and Teppala Kodanda Rao. The art works are priced from Rs 8,000 to Rs 1,10,000.
Sunil Lal TR from Wayanad draws inspiration from the tribes of the Paniyars; his works have been exhibited overseas in France and Austria. Baroda-based Teppala Kondanda Rao captures urban crowds in abstract paintings, and has exhibited in Singapore and Japan as well.
Raviram VR is the nephew of the late Indian sculptor PV Janakiram, and is a skilled sculptor in his own right, as shown in the five diverse copper exhibits on display. Though unable to speak or hear, his creative voice shines through in his art works on varied living forms.
Pushpakaran Kadappath from Velur in Kerala specialises in black ink depictions that have elements of magical realism and absurdity. For example, he playfully draws on his childhood fears of salesmen with large moustaches; other sketches are based on stories narrated to him by his grandmother. His works have been exhibited in Egypt and US.
“Art is a form of storytelling. It can express everything from the personal to the political, from social to spiritual,” said Pushpakaran, in a chat with YourStory. Art gives opportunities to continually explore new concepts and depict untold stories.
“Success for an artist comes from bridging theory and practice,” says Pushpakaran, who eventually wants to set up his own museums and galleries to nurture emerging artists as well as support social causes.
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