RACE COURSE ROAD:At Chitrakala Parishat, a show featuring paintings by N Krishnamurthy and Shyamala Ramanand will be displayed from today till August 30. The paintings displayed are part of their journey after they took a break from their respective professional areas of expertise.
It was in the year 2007 at Chitrakala Parishat that both joined a short-term course in painting but both are predominantly self-taught and have been trained by several illustrious artists.
Shyamala Ramanand has always found art to be a very intimate part of her life and she says, “As my father served in the armed forces, it helped me to travel across India and get exposure to various cultures and people. After working in the corporate sector for over 20 years, I decided to follow and pursue my childhood passion.”
She also learnt several techniques from many eminent artists such as the late S. Prahalad, MG Doddamani and Shivanand B. She has taken part in many a show and Chitrasanthe and displayed her works in many forums.
She says, “I like painting the simple life and living forms which are part of our culture and traditions. The cultures manifest in images which are rich in colour. In this show, I have tried watercolours which are free flowing but retain the essence of the painting.” She is also extremely passionate about community art development and has curated mega group shows called Akanksha in 2014 and 2015 that comprised more than 100 women artists. She believes art can bring about a sense of peace and stability in today’s world.
N Krishnamurthy after retiring as the chief commissioner of Central Excise Department, Bengaluru in 2005, also wanted to pursue his interest in arts. The visits to various art galleries in Bengaluru and other cities in India and abroad too triggered his interests further.
After attending two certificate art courses at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, he started his painting career .
He has also completed BFA and MFA from Mysore University under its distant education programme.
His first participation was in a group exhibition at CKP in August, 2011 along with four other artists.
In the present exhibition, he is exhibiting five paintings that combine mythology and modern ideas.