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Different strokes mark expo

Staff Reporter

Photo: S.S. Kumar

curiosity: A visitor looks at one of the art works on display at Lalit Kala Akademi in Chennai on Monday. —

CHENNAI: They make you think, ponder, feel nostalgic or simply smile, like every good work of art should do. But, what makes the works of these artists showcased at the Lalit Kala Akademi different is that the artists at some point in their career were supported by the British Council to travel to the U.K., where they have acquired new experiences. Perhaps, some of those learning techniques and interactions are reflected through the works on display.

The Association of British Scholars (ABS), Chennai and The Faraway Tree Gallery opened an exhibition titled ‘Different Strokes' here on Monday. Governor Surjit Singh Barnala inaugurated the exhibition, where contemporary art works of over 20 artists have been brought together.

In Premalatha Seshadri's ‘Windows to the sea' the lines dance and shimmer in golden yellow and silver colours giving one an illusion of the sea, while in Anamika's mixed medium ‘My Superstar' Rajinikant looks at you.

R.B. Bhaskaran's strikes with his favourite works on cat images and R.M. Palaniappan's abstract movement ask the onlooker to follow the lines. Ganesh Selvaraj's work in acrylic titled ‘Magazine paper on canvas' stands out in size and creativity.

According to a majority of the participating artists, getting a travel grant, scholarship or funding to the U.K. was an appreciation of work. “Earlier we had travel restrictions, but it has become much easier now,” said Achuthan Kudallur, who went on a British Council travel grant in 1991.

Two of his recent works are showcased. Mike Nithavrianakis, Deputy High Commissioner, British Deputy High Commission, said the ABS is celebrating its 25th anniversary. P.M. Belliappa, president of ABS, said the exhibition is a visual treat with a variety of styles.

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