KOCHI: Art is universal and is also a product of time. It is not only a means of expression and enjoyment, but also a means of communication. It is therapeutic too and comes to the aid of Jeffrey James who, challenged in verbal communication, creates wonders that transcend age, time and state of mind.
Jeffrey’s work stood out at the recently concluded painting exhibition in memory of M V Devan at Durbar Hall Art Gallery.
His painting was based on a football tournament. Jeffry, a football fan, was inspired by a match and he took only about four to five months to complete the work.
“I feel peaceful and happy when I see my painting at such a big exhibition,” said Jeffrey in his childlike accent. His passion for painting can be understood from his limited words.
He lives in Kadavanthra with his father James, a businessman and mother Lissy James who are his pillars of support. He did his schooling till Class VIII in Choice School and later joined the National Open School and completed his Class X and Plus-Two. His teachers from his school recognised his talents and encouraged him.
“He has been painting since he was three years old. His family friend N G Job, an architect, noticed his flair for colours and encouraged him and now painting his passion and profession”, said James, Jeffrey’s father.
Jeffrey used to sing when he was in school. But now he is only into painting, graphic designing, greeting card making and the other forms of painting. He is busy with a work on a cycle workshop. His mind strikes on themes when he continuously visualises or hears about something. He is learning art under T Kaladharan of Orthic Creative Centre. “He has exhibited his art at Orthic and his dream and aim is to conduct a solo exhibition,” said his proud father.