It is normal to see images of Gods and Goddess being painted or replicated on canvas. Giving it a shape, story and definition has also been in vogue.
At a time when people are expecting change in these subjects, here is an artist who has managed to bring innovation to her works.
Apart from the colourful shades she has used, P Valli, a homemaker, has combined her art with a lot of hand crafts. She has included colourful stones, chamki works, glitters and even craft work like handmade flowers to her canvas.
An image of Lord Vinayakar set in a dark backdrop has brightly coloured stones to give the piece depth. A similar touch of the artist is seen in the images of goddesses Saraswathi and Mahalakshmi.
A canvas on Radha and Krishna set against a black backdrop has strokes of colours that make it intense. The painter has looked into details. She has even placed an actual peacock feather on Krishna's head, rather than paint it. A garland of pink flowers - handmade ones - have been pasted around their neck.
Another piece of Radha and Krishna on a sail boat is eye-catching. The artist has done the work with several details that involves colours, depth and even a flying peacock studded with stones.
Black and navy blue seem to be Valli's colours of choice. She has used these extensively on her canvas and, most of the time, she has imposed colourful subjects on dark backgrounds. The effect is very dramatic: One, it highlights the subject, two, it gives a unique look that makes the onlooker do a double-take.
Paintings of Krishna eating butter, peacock displaying its colourful feathers have been worked to the minutest details. A white peacock in its serenity spreads its wings, a pair of Macaw parrots are in deep conversation, tulips, doves and handmade photo frames with flower prints are some of the other works of the artist on display. Apart from these, the artist has also done a few works on the rain forest, swans and elephants.
Valli seems partial to oil and acrylic paintings. There was also a particular piece done on stitched canvas.
She has painted elephants in sunset and even with silhouette images. Both these works show the mightiness of the creature. Apart from size, these animals seem to dominate the surroundings in which they live in.
Most of Valli's work have lots of details. In each of her works, she has managed to bring on to her frames dimension, time (with the help of shadow length), lighting and depth.
The painting exhibition is on at La Galerie D'Expression at Hotel Ambassador Pallava, Egmore. The show is on till 30 June.
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