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Decorative motifs

B. PADMA REDDY

Kavita Deuskar engages with the human figure for her expo.



Kavita's human figures.

The popularity of Kavita Deuskar extends from her being a teacher of art in addition to one of thesenior artists in the city. A graduate from the College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad in 1966, Kavita specialised in murals and fresco painting at M.S University Baroda under Prof. K.G. Subramanyam.

Stepping into the shoes of her famous father Prof. Sukumar Deuskar who was also the principal of the College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad at one time, Kavita strove to practice her art continuously even while the major part of her time was taken up by guiding and teaching students. The JNTU College of Fine arts later became synonymous with Kavita who has been associated with it for 35 years since 1969 as a professor, teaching art.

Simultaneously, Kavita has been showing her work in several shows in the country and abroad. As a muralist she explored various mediums including terracotta and cement casting to create indoor and outdoor murals.

If it was the faintly cubistic style at times, it was the decorative motifs at other instances that ruled her works, with a constant presence of the human image. The human presence with light traces of surrealism also continued into her popular pen and ink drawing of the 80s.

At the exhibition of her paintings held at Shrishti Art Gallery, Kavita again engages herself with the human figure. She tries to determine the presence of the human figures, which are more simplified. The masks and crowns used enhance the feeling of drama. Drawing heavily from the Indian miniatures and tradition, Kavita works in egg tempera, colour pencil, pastel and the medium of etching with accentuated drawing and simple presentation.

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