In a black background, red strokes create a flight of stairs and a woman hugging her knees, lost in despair. The painting titled ‘Iruttu’ (Darkness) was showcased among the paintings of twenty one artists at the Museum Auditorium. Anokhi art fraternity has put together a show of artists from across the country.
“Art has always been a community, and in earlier days there were no means to market art and probably no need either but now things have changed,” says KP Thomas, who has showcased ‘Iruttu’.
“It all comes down to the ten fingers we have and what we do with it. Spontaneity is the key word, be as spontaneous as a small kid” says Kannayi Kunhiraman who graced the inaugural function on Monday.
The director of this art fraternity, Manilal Sabarimala, known for his Ganesha paintings, has his recent paintings on display as well. In a celestial mood, alien-looking creatures carrying the globe are seen tampering with the earth. “I have never sold even one of my paintings via an agent or an art curator. I think it’s my right to know on what wall my painting is going to be hanged, I like to know the buyer personally,” he adds.
Bhaskar Das’s paintings attracted a few eyes. Titled ‘Hope Against Hope’, the canvas displays barren land and the cracks extend to the man walking on the stretch of land. A spring of green adorns his hand and the rest are all dried up in drought.
State award winner Santhosh Mitra’s ‘Dependable Spaces’ has water colours and soft pastels on canvas. Prof V B Hiregoudar, G Y Giri, Dr M Jayanth, Bhawandala Narahari, Dr Ramankutty, Devi Dass, Ram Babu, V Satheeshan, Krishna J, Regins P Thomas, Ranjith R S, Pallavi Pankaj Walunj, Joy Pampakuda, Sasikrishnan, Sithara K V and John Punalal are among the other artists participating in the show which will close on September 27.