KOCHI: Kochi-based artist Biji Bhasker is an expert in portraying nature using acrylic paint. Women-related issues also take centre stage in many of his works. His latest exhibition titled ‘Saddling the nature’ which has been put up at the Indriyam Art Gallery, Mattanchery is a reflection of the artists’ view of nature. It also brings into focus how nature is harmed by human apathy. There are a dash of colours- green, blue, brown which lend a natural feel to the paintings. “This is my first solo exhibition which includes all nature-themed paintings done on canvas. I am a freelance artist with my art studio in Kochi,” said Biji.
Each painting is a meaningful approach that has been conveyed with the use of his brush. One such painting is ‘Veins of nature’ where he has portrayed a picture of a woman and her hair strands are drawn in the form of roots coming out of the tree. “I constantly play with the theme of nature in my paintings. This is the most recurring theme in my works,” he said.
One of his paintings titled ‘Ottapettavar’ has portrayed the life of people who have been abandoned and are living their lives in an isolated area. The issue of identity crisis is addressed in the painting. The other themes that the artist has portrayed is a house that has been completely destroyed and how the area which was once filled with greenery has been converted into buildings. Besides using acrylic as a medium, the artist is also well versed in other mediums such as charcoal and oil and has made some of the masterpieces using those mediums.
Biji Bhasker has participated in many group exhibitions and has conducted may camps. Some of the group exhibitions in 2017 include state annual exhibitions by Kerala Lalitha Kala Academy, group exhibition of paintings in Town hall at Muvattupuzha, Visions 3 group exhibition of paintings at Indriyam art gallery, Mattanchery, “Oradimannu’, group exhibition at Durbar hall art gallery. Besides this, he has participated in the Holo Mexico art exhibition which was held in Mexico. For his contribution to the world of art, he was awarded the Art Maestro award in 2014. The exhibition will be on till December 14.