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For art’s sake

Artists from the Progressive Artists Association, Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai present their works

Photos: M. Periasamy

Promoting progressive art R.Jacob Jebaraj, Raju Dursheetiwar and S.Saravanan

For the amateur art reviewer, there often comes a time when it is best to let art speak for itself. I realised this at the 3rd exhibition in the series Spectrum 2009 at the Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery. Something quite fantastic is on display at the exhibition.

Renowned

Twenty one artists from the Progressive Painters’ Association (P.P.A), Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai have put forward some of their best works for the pleasure of the citizens of Coimbatore. One of the oldest art associations in the country, the P.P.A was founded by the late K.C.S. Paniker in 1944, and is home to some of the most renowned Indian artists.



Some of the paintings on display

The exhibition has on display not only the works of very senior artists, but also by some of the more recent ones. As R. Jacob Jebaraj, painter, sculptor and Secretary of the P.P.A. says, “One of our main missions is to try and provide a platform to the young and upcoming artists”. One couldn’t help but feel glad that one of the platforms chosen is right here, in the heart of the city.

Beyond definitions

The possibilities of human imagination are stretched beyond compare. And, where it concerns abstract creations in the world of art, the artists from the Village defy the rigidity posed by definitions. This, through the pristine medium of sheer white canvas and the splendour of colour.

The human spirit

It was all about the originality of human spirit and the expression of the individual self.

Consider, for instance, the works of art by M. Senathipathi, one of the senior-most artists at the Village.

No one can deny the complete intricacy of detail in his rendition of a Mother and Child, nor can they miss the artist’s unique take on one of the most universal relationships – all through his pure, black ink.

You may also be drawn towards the flicker of the candle on the canvas of C.Douglas, who uses the mixed media of sand and acrylic to capture the art lover’s imagination. And, the masterpiece by S.G Vasudev is mesmerising, for what initially appears to be the likeness of a tree, soon emerges as the seductive imagery of a well-crafted women.


You discover the striking colours in the tribal portraits of S.Saravanan, also the President of the P.P.A.

And, the minimalist manner in which Premlatha Seshadri carves her bird forms on to canvas, holds your attention .

While P.Gopinath’s abstracts put forth the strength behind the colour Red, Manisha Raju celebrates androgyny through her imageries of Krishna and Durga. Raju Dursheetiwar captivates you with his pulsating impressions of architectural forms. And, R.Jacob Jebaraj’s series Vibrant Variations on well-preserved hand-made paper is arresting.

Also available are bronze and copper embossed paintings and sculptures by renowned artists at the exhibition. You will also discover metal reliefs.

All of the above are on sale. And, while the price range begins at Rs. 4000, one is not surprised that there are a few (by well-established artistes) that might sneak up to a whole lot more.

The exhibition is on at the Kasthuri Art Gallery on Avanashi road, till February 16 between 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. For further details, call 0422-2574110.

DIVYA SRIDHARAN

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