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    Five artists begin a visual dialogue at Vinnyasa Art Gallery

    Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery is bringing together the works of five renowned artists—Achuthan Kudallur, Akhilesh, Harsha Vardhana, Manish Pushkale and Sheetal Gattani. What is common between them? The love of abstract. Titled The Romance of Abstract, the exhibition starts today and showcases a minimum of five paintings each from the artists. And while most of the works are in acrylic, there are a few oils in the mix, too.
    According to Viji Nagashwaran, the owner of the gallery, an exhibition of abstracts was long overdue. “I really like the techniques and the paints these artists use. They are all fresh works and are very vivid in their colours,” she begins. For someone new to abstract paintings, her tip is, “Look at a painting with your heart. One can determine the technical aspects and the colour combinations in a painting. But looking at an abstract painting is like looking at a cloud—it may look like a cat, a camel or a dog. It is how you look at it.”

    Behind the canvas
    According to Kudallur, who will be presenting both oil and acrylic paintings, “Art is purely visual and when it comes to the abstract, don’t expect melodrama. This time I have played a lot with reds, blues and browns. I am very fond of earthy colours,” he says. Meanwhile, Gattani adds, “Colours are just an entry point to making an abstract painting. It is how you create a space with a canvas that matters.”

    At Vinnyasa Premium Art Gallery, till August 31. The paintings are priced from Rs.75,000 onwards. Details: 43535009

    -Mrinalini Sundar

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