"ART IS not a luxury, it is a necessity" ... that's how artist R. Rajendran has titled his show of oils on canvas at the Vinyasa Art Gallery. An interesting title, indeed!
At the exhibition, most of the 46 canvases painted by the self-taught accountant-turned-artist are reproductions of masters. For instance, the artist has chosen part of the famous "Napolean's Coronation" by Jacques-Louis David. Here the artist tries to get as close to the original as possible.
Then, there is "Glow of Hope," that stunning piece of art by S.L. Haldenkar where the light from the lamp falls on the woman's face. In Rajendran's reproduction, the full impact is lost as the painting needs to be viewed in an almost dark ambience.
Rajendran's repertoire also comprises several Raja Ravi Varmas Shakuntala and her friends, Nala Damayanti and the Malayalee woman with a child.
That the artist has drawn inspiration from photographs published in various magazines comes through in the `Dances of India' series and the Nature series.
When an artist chooses to reproduce works of masters, it's a safe bet. He does not have to experiment.
Some of Rajendran's `original' works such as `Dolphins under water,' `The Forest' and `Blossoms in the night' leave very little to the viewer's imagination. The use of strong colours, especially the blues, pinks and greens, could do well with some toning down.
Rajendran says he fell in love with painting even as a child. As for the future, he hopes to create abstract forms.
The exhibition of Rajendran's works is on till March 12, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., at Vinyasa, the Music Academy premises.
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