If a splash of water colours, a flurry of stippled dots and a feverish imagination is the recipe for beautiful landscapes, the arts students who displayed their creativity at the painting exhibition organised by the Freedom Trust at Art and Soul Gallery on Tuesday, definitely cooked up a storm with their effective use of diverse mediums. What is unique about the show is that all the artists have some kind of disability.
At the painting exhibition that was inaugurated on Tuesday, artworks including that of national award winners are on display. While N Vidhyarthi, a hearing impaired fine arts student, who won a national award for her creative ability in 2006, showcased her love for water colours, 20-year-old Mehtab Allam exhibited his flair for bringing minute details to life through his works.
Art curator Rama Suresh, who trains the hearing impaired and other disabled students in painting and line drawing, highlighted the different facets of the talented youngsters. Referring to Mehtab, who won a national award in 2006, the proud teacher says, “He is a good creator. Every time he finishes a painting, he closes his eyes and smiles. His love for art is obvious to anyone who observes him paint.”
Paintings by G Suvedha, a 2010 national award winner and V Lokesh and S Aishwarya who won accolades as ‘best child with creative abilities’ in 2011, added colour to the exhibition. Infusing experimental techniques to her works, Suvedha underscored the use of sponge work, thumb impressions and metallic colours to create original masterpieces. On the other hand, Lokesh and Aishwarya captured the beauty of the natural world on canvass. Also, the works of budding artists B Manasi, R P Dinesh, G Karthikeyan and Ajith wowed the visitors. The exhibition is on till January 6 from 11 am to 10 pm at the Art and Soul Gallery, East Coast Road.