In search of a definitive voice

Published: 31st May 2016 05:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 31st May 2016 05:41 AM   |  A+A-

KOCHI: The quest to create something unique defines Raveendran Vallapad’s artistic journey. The artist who has created a style of his own by experimenting with pigments and copper sheets has made use of them in his painting to express his art.

Through ‘Cancuperik’, the artist who hails from Triprayar in Thrissur hopes to popularise mixed media forms across the country.

There are six paintings which are done in Cancuperik style, while one is done exclusively in acrylic canvas. “ The name Cancuperik is a combination of all the mediums that have been used in my work. ‘Can’ has been derived from canvas, ‘cu’ from copper and ‘perik’ is a Latin word which loosely translates into ‘attatched to’.

“There are many talented artists but what makes you unique is the media in which the paintings are exhibited. After several years of learning and experimenting with different media, I was fascinated by the beauty of copper pigments on acrylic canvas,” he adds.

The artist has spent at least four and a half months on each painting. “There are very minute details that need to be taken care of, and a lot of painstaking effort goes into the creation of this mode,” he shares.

Water 123 focuses on the state of drinking water. In the work, there is a village set up where water is drawn from a well, then there is the era of bottled water. The third phase depicts a time when water will be received in the form of tablets. “One may also need to go to a bar to drink water,” the artist said.

Another work depicts the life of a newborn. The painting canvas is six-feet long. In destruction, where the painting depicts the sun also going dark is a cancuperik painting done using grey and green hues.

The artist has also used the cancuperik medium to paint a replica of Da Vinci’s Last Supper. The other two works focus on terrorism and the state of being a desert.

Raveendran’s work is currently being exhibited at LuLu mall in Kochi and will conclude on Tuesday.


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