The works by mother and daughter artists, Lavanya Dutt and Verna Chand was recently inaugurated at Taj Deccan. The inauguration was made special by the presence of renowned artists, such as Laxma Goud and T Vaikuntham. One could not have missed actress Lakshmi Manchu, going through every work put up at the show.
Affinity for fine arts and expression is seems to be an indispensable part of the family. Lavanya’s father, Professor Manmohan Dutt, is a painter and filmmaker and mother Nirmala Dutt is a practicing artist. And so, when Verna, Lavanya’s six-year-old daughter started painting, no one was surprised.
The mother-daughter’s passion for the canvas and colours is evident in the series of works in abstract style. Verna works with an impulsive colour application, often enjoying in the textural effects that her strokes create. She lets the first application be as it is and in some areas she provides an accompanying soft cloud of single colour strokes. The playfulness of her strokes reflects the effervescence of her age and innocence. The freshness of the colour palette, the energy and momentum of strokes are magnetic and reinstate Verna’s potential for painting which for sure looks very promising.
While Verna’s works are full of active and flowing energy, Lavanya’s paintings exemplify her quiet and serious involvement with her medium of expression. The subtle play of colour, line and texture emanate a spirit and strength of equilibrium. She chooses to start the play of colour around the center and merges the outer sections softly with the surrounding space. The juxtaposition and alignment of strokes, create a flow which is not rapid but very smooth and subtle in its strength.
While talking about her works the artist says, “The term “Art” excites me a lot, which resulted in the journey from figurative to present abstracts. Though I love drawing and painting figurative forms, since a decade my interest gradually shifted to abstracts starting with forms to absolute no forms.”
In the same way Verna started doodling since she was a month’s baby and eventually she was into drawing and painting. And now at six, she enjoys doing her abstracts with the brightest colours. “I must say we both take inspiration from nature and its beautiful changing colours. Nothing excites us more than a blank canvas and a colourful palette, where we can show our freedom of expression,” says Lavanya.
The present show Rivers of Reflection is ongoing at Icon Art Gallery till October 20.