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Showcasing European and Indian art, Karine Peladea��s new gallery is yet another addition to your itinerary in Pondy

LAWYER-turned-artA�connoisseur, Karine Peladea��s passion for the visual form took root when she wasA�justA�a little girl. Growing upA�in Paris withA�aA�mother who was a painter and an art teacher, her childhoodA�was filled with art exhibit visits and afternoons of painting with her mum.A�AfterA�12 years of lawA�at the Paris Bar, Pelade switched to artA�when she began writing short stories on paintings and teaching artA� at the Ateliers Beaux Arts de la ville Paris, feeling the call a�?for a richer, creative lifea�?.
She fell in love with Pondicherry six years ago, while on a tour of Tamil Nadu, and decided to settle here.A�And Kalinka Art Gallery (Kalinka, a Russian word, was a pen-name she gave herself as a child) was conceptualised in April after she met local artists likeA�Kirti Chandak.A�Open to settingA�up art installations and on the look-out for newA�talent, the 44-year-old says, a�?IA�love to discover new artists, their universe, the tools and materials they use, and be surrounded by creative people.a�?
Four angles
The gallery saw the light of day in May and her first exhibition, 4 Ways, has been the talk of the town since. It showcases the works of four women artistsa��Chandak of Tasmai gallery, and three French artists,A�NadA�e, Catherine Lescure and CA�leste Bollack.A�a�?IA�have been following them for years and Ia��m very close to them. I grew up seeing Lescurea��s paintings as she was my mothera��s friend. Kirti was someone I met in Pondicherry, and connected with.A�I chose the title because it showcasesA�four different ways of painting and four different characters, each with a strongA�personalityA�and singularity,a�? says the woman who favours the works of Lucian Freud and Frida Kahlo. She wanted this to be her first show becauseA�she considers the four artists to be her lucky charm.A�Pelade goes on to add that she wants toA�help artists from IndiaA�andA�Europe, and to link different cultures,besides creating a residency for artists. A quick tour finds us stopping by large-format oils by Chandak, while downstairs there are lithographs and etchings by Bollack, oil on fine Japanese paper and ink drawings by NadA�e, and oil on newspapers by Lescure.
Tracing light
Just back from a brief trip to Paris, PeladeA�is already busyA�putting together her second show,A� India – Land of Light,A� aA�solo exhibition of over 48 photographs by Olivier Barot, an Aurovilian who playsA�predominantly withA�light.A�As for showing her own paintings, mostly oils and mixed media, she concludes, a�?I am cautious about my art at the moment. Right now setting up my gallery is priority.a�?
TillA�July 30 Tuesdays to Sundays.


Niranjana Hariharanandanan


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