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From feminine silhouettes inspired by ancient Indian miniature paintings to the beauty of nature in all its grandeur,a diverse range of paintings by 10 artists from Hyderabad,Pune and Mumbai portrays various themes. But they have one thing in common they are primarily in black and white. The works are on display at an exhibition called Black and White,which opened on Wednesday at The Renaissance Art Studio.
Making a painting without colour is a challenge for every artist. Your thoughts might be colourful but you have to express it in a colourless fashion, says Umakant Kanade,who has displayed eight paintings themed on nature at the exhibition. He has used waterproof ink on canvas to conjure fascinating images of landscapes that depict our natural heritage. His paintings transport the viewer to a paradise where rivers run pure and unpolluted,trees stand tall without the fear of being cut,and birds fly in the open skies. My paintings are symbolic. Each element of nature has something to teach us. The rivers that I have painted signify the serenity that one must posses to live a peaceful and content life. The birds,represented with a dash of colour,signify freedom and the need for us to transcend boundaries that bind us to stagnation. The trees are the most important element of nature in my paintings. Every part of the tree is useful; the leaves are medicinal,the roots are good for the soil,flowers are fragrant and the fruit is nutritious. Everyone must learn from the tree and try to be useful to society in some way or the other, he says.
While Kanade indulges in the beauty of nature,Varsha Kharatmal aims at giving female figures from ancient Indian miniature paintings a contemporary twist. Deaf and mute by birth,Kharatmal has created a series of paintings inspired by these female characters. My work is usually very colourful. The costumes of the females,their backgrounds and expressions are loud. But for the exhibition,I specially made three paintings in black and white. It was a very different experience as I had to bring the flavour of my paintings without using any colour. Though the lines and forms are derived from ancient paintings that I researched through books and on the Internet,I have stylised the paintings in a modern way, she communicates through her husband Ram Kharatmal.
In the middle of the black and white hues,a rather colourful corner stands out. Artist Anand Bekwad has not confined himself to black and white. They are not colours,they are the lack of colours. Initially I made my paintings in black and white,but they looked quite flat. I couldnt resist adding a bit of colour on the flower, says Bekwad,who has displayed five paintings at the exhibition.
His paintings are different from the rest in more ways than one. Apart from having a splash of orange,green and pink,he also divides his canvas into four separate paintings that together make a larger picture. Other artists featuring in exhibition include Aditya Shirke,K K Rajshekar,Nilesh Pawar,Pandurang Tathe,Pratima Vaidya,Raju Epuri and Shirish Kathale.
Black and White is on display at The Renaissance Art Studio,Off Pashan Road,till April 13