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Swinging with orange

Tuesday, 12 April 2016
Mariayn Jennifer

Chennai: The world of children is always filled with fantasy and this is the theme of the art exhibition that is on at La Galerie D’Expression at Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Egmore. The show is on till 15 April.

Meenakshi Gupta and her students have put together their world of fantasy on the canvas. Each work of art has a playfulness in it. Experimenting with colours seems to be the norm in each of the artist’s mind.

Children have let their imagination run wild. For instance, a mother orange and its child playing in the park, a family of potatoes stranded in an island, or chillies at a fun fair bring a smile to the face of the onlooker.

Most children are natural story-tellers and their cheerfulness in telling their tales are quite interesting.

A few serious paintings of Meenakshi Gupta were also displayed here. Home sweet home was one of the themes here.

A collection of works in pencil on paper was the centre of attraction. Done by a few senior children, these had a lot of depth that were played well with light and shade. Still life, flamingos, pots were some of the subjects.

A colourful peacock , a crouching tiger were loaded with colours that were both imaginative and real. A particular piece of Lord Shiva was the best catch.

The canvas was not just a blend of colours but of emotions and theme. The artist had managed to bring out several themes - day and night, man and woman and water and fire.

Various mediums such as crayons, colour pencils, acrylic, oil paints were all used to its maximum. The Madhubani painting technique is another attraction. Deer, different species of birds and several other animals painted in this format were a feast for the eye.


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