Graffiti too can inspire!
Kurva's works are based on his observation of animals.
RECYCLED The `artwork' on display at Shrishti Art Gallery.
When one walks into the Nehru Zoological Park at Rajendranagar, the familiar sight that greets a visitor is graffiti scribbled all over withsquiggles occupying every available inch of space of the concrete walls and steel meshes encircling the place. As lay people we either ignore it or throw a casual glance tempered with a healthy feeling of disgust.
But for an artist it could turn out to be a source of inspiration! An art exhibition focussed on the different types of graffiti and scrawls observed at public places are on display at the Shristhi Art Gallery, Jubilee Hills. Created by city-based artist, Sreekanth Kurva, the paintings reflect the artist's discerning eye for the graffiti and doodles encountered at different public places like Nehru Zoological Park, public parks, railway stations, bus stops and heritage sites.
Kurva who teaches graphics and fine arts at the Potti Sreeramlu Telugu University has made a bold attempt to foster his artistic and technical ingenuity by bringing into focus the different writings in metaphorical interpretations to the animal world and the forest.
It would be interesting to note that Kurva has a strange penchant for the animal world all through his two decades of paintings. His art works mostly revolved around the animals, particularly their sexuality. The artist in him had pursued this genre by blending forms of man-animal portraitures, which implicitly express the instinctive carnal pleasures inherent in every creation. His favourite animals being the bull, goat and the rooster - all symbols of aggressive sexuality.
The ongoing exhibition has some of the glimpses of Kurva's virtuosity exhibited in both collage and watercolours spread over 35 pieces.
Every artist looks for an inspiration to give effect to his creativity. In Kurva's case, the artist who spent his childhood in the city's Begum Bazar area in the midst of cattle farms, the behaviour of the animals and their sexual behaviour, he says, had left an indelible impression in his mind.
"Every artist looks for a creativity in different subject, but I focused on animals to give to vent to my expressions," says the 36-year old artist.
About the exhibition on graffiti, Kurva says that the works reflected what he observed over the past three years of the penchant for even the so-called intelligentsia to scribble at public places with disregard of public morality and civic responsibility.
Kurva had participated in a number of national and State art competitions and exhibitions including the Special Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition during the golden jubilee year of India's Independence at Chennai.
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