A clear-eyed view of reality

Published: 14th November 2012 11:06 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th November 2012 11:06 AM   |  A+A-


The varied moods of the sea is the predominant theme in the majority of the works of Vikraman Nampoothiri.
 Many of the lucid watercolour paintings, done in light shades, portray the seaside sights, of Chinese nets, fisherwomen walking on the seashore and washing clothes and men sailing the boats.
 The artist, an ardent travel buff, has taken his inspiration from the alluring beauty of the Kuttanad landscape.
 Vikraman, who was an illustrator at major newspapers before, has a passion of portraying what he finds interesting.
 “I am a realistic person, who believes that the work of an artist should directly convey what is there in his mind, without any complexity,” says Vikraman.
 “My works should be enjoyed by all.
” A particularly eyecatching work is that of an elderly woman showing light to her grandchild.
 In one work, a frightened child stands behind a blood-stained wall, and in another, a mother embraces her daughter.
 “In the backdrop of the heinous incidents that happen around us on a daily basis, there is an anxiety regarding the future of the present generation,” explains the artist.
 In a series of works done in pen and ink, there are the ‘Bastion Bungalow’ at Fort Kochi, Dutch Palace, and other sights of Fort Kochi.
 In another work, an old couple stands under the shade of tree, leaning against each other.
 Another notable painting is that of a ‘Chamundi Theyyam’, a ritual of Northern Kerala, done in yellow and red colours.
 The exhibition, at the Durbar Hall Art Gallery, will conclude on Thursday.


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