CHENNAI: Artists Vasudevan Annamalai and Antony Raj are poles apart in their presentation of art works. While one is a testimony of how the world is through his eyes, the other showcases a keen understanding of human emotions. But the works of both artists ooze originality and are on display at Dimple’s art gallery.
“I dabble with self ideas...how I see the society, challenges, positives and negatives. You can find me in almost all the paintings. It’s a representation of how I travel along with everything,” explains Vasudevan. Weaving himself along with clouds, he names the artwork ‘Experiment’. Why? “Clouds form different shapes and sizes. As they move, you feel like you move along with them. So, I became a part of these clouds,” he shares pointing to the vivid picture.
He muses over the busy city life and contrasts it with the quaint nature of the sky. “I wanted to represent this. So, I drew a city with pencil...it’s a congested city with tall buildings. Right on top of them are beautiful looking kites, that are coloured bright!” he avers.
What Antony portrays is a photographic detailing of faces that he sees around him. “My works are of people I see around, especially during my travel to villages. The warm smile and the welcoming vibes in such places made me choose this particular theme,” he shares. “These are the people we see everyday. Their wrinkles and smile could remind us of someone. They are natural and are a reminder of our own culture.”
Antony travels to different cities, photographs people and objects before sketching them. “I have travelled to places like Thiruvanmalai, Kasimedu, Thoothukudi, Seergazhi and Thirunelvi for the series,” shares the artist who has been drawing pen and ink portraits since 2014.
Their art works are on display at Dimple’s Art Gallery until November 13 from 11 am onwards.
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