BRINGING to fore the works of seven contemporary artists in the country, Gallery Veda is showcasing Visible Visages—a lineup of around 25 artworks. Exploring its underlying theme of joy, the exhibition will depict traces of figurative and abstract art forms. “Each of these creators, as talented as they are, have not got the attention that they deserve,” says Preeti Garg, founder, Gallery Veda, who also curated the show. We spoke with two artists, Brajmohan Arya and Kappari Kishan. The other artists are Chandra Morkonda, Devulapally Hanumantha Rao, Kandi Narasimlu, Kiran Varikilla and Manisha Raji, from Hyderabad and Chennai.
Brajmohan Arya: Illustrating a mix of human emotions and nature, Indore-based Arya is showing six paintings. Using acrylic colors, the 41-year-old artist uses his signature sgraffito technique, where he scratches off layers of paint to reveal layers of motifs. Picking up subjects based on everyday life, he probes human relationships and links to natural forces. Take for example, Flying of Dreams, which features a woman flying mid-air, surrounded by green foliage. “It symbolises mankind’s aspiration to prosper,” he explains.
Kappari Kishan: Combining traditional and modern patterns, Hyderabad-based Kappari Kishan is displaying eight artworks, on canvas and plywood. Basing his creations on a dual narrative, Kishan captures urban Telangana women, set against the backgrounds of Buddha and scenic landscapes. “I wanted to draw parallels between my own philosophies (Buddhism) and elements from my Telangana tradition,” Kishan says, referring to his painting of a woman gazing at the Gautama’s imagery. There are also plywood figurines of Buddha on display.
Till March 15. At Gallery Veda.
—Sruthi Ganapathy Raman