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Tuesday, 18 October 2016
Mariayn Jennifer

A tribal woman clad in traditional costumes and bangles all over her hand holds a lamp and looks straight at you. Another woman with a sitar, defined with geometric shapes, presents a musical look. Adding to the number of women depiction are large colourful images of Gods and Goddesses which welcome visitors to the ongoing art exhibition at La Galerie D'Expression in Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Egmore.

Showcased by artist J Peer Mohideen, the exhibition is on till 30 October.

One of the first canvases is the image of Lord Krishna. Done in water colours, the painting had layers of bright shades in several rows, most of which formed the dress and accessories.

The artist, Peer Mohideen, has managed to blend in many shades and hues into one large piece.

A similar colour treatment is applied to Goddess Saraswathi. The Goddess with Her veena seems like she is standing on a cloud, but it is actually a lotus. The image has a mix of both heaven and earth that has been merged with a faint horizon in the background.

The Goddess clad in colourful costumes, is shown in layers of bright hues. A lot of work has gone into these pieces and the output is larger than life.

The artist has done several works on Saraswathi. Each has a unique difference although the idea is the same. In one, the Goddess of Learning is enjoying the tunes of her music, while in the other she is standing on a lotus.

An image of Lord Vinayakar set within a dark backdrop had a single colour brown to represent each feature, including his vahanam, the mouse.

The artist has also done several other canvases of the elephant God. He too seems to have taken a liking to playing a tambura.  

Deviating, the artist has also done a few abstract art pieces, to depict people, shape and emotion. For instance, he has painted a woman with just an outline and colours - there are no features - and another done using geometric shapes.

3D art also holds a place here. Horses jumping out of the canvas or a girl drying clothes outside of the frame and flower blooming need mention. The artist has left a large portion of the canvas unused to justify time and dimension.

While flowers are also in theme here, a portrait of M S Subbulakshmi is another unique piece. The canvas done in a black background has been lit up with a single oil lamp within the frame.

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