Biju Prabhakar IAS is one helluva man. This young District Collector, who has been garnering hosannas for his refreshing candour and novel working style, has divulged his creative side to the City-Zens at Museum Gallery, where he showcased four of his paintings in an exhibition of paintings conducted at the Muesum Art Gallery. Biju’s perfect replica of Sree Padmanabha Temple and his landscapes, thus became the highlight of the show. The exhibition, which had around 40 or so paintings by eleven artists - all members of ‘Rhythm’, an artists’ group hailing from the city - was well-received by the city’s artlovers.
“Biju is somebody who has a keen interest in painting. If he put his mind into it, he will excel,” says Ganesh Bhagavathy, one of the organisers of the show. Ganesh, who had conducted exhibitions at various venues including Switzerland, is a known name in the Indian art scene. Ganesh follows a signature style in both his abstract as well as realistic works.
About the inception of Rhythm, Ganesh says it all happened over the course of time.“We are a group of eleven painters who share similar mindsets and ideas. We have been supporting each other intellectually as well as financially. Every year we get together and conduct an exhibition in the city. There are many painters who cannot afford to spend money on canvases and paints, so we try to help them as much as we can,” says Ganesh.
Chandran Manacaud’s canvases throng with images of a bygone era. In iridescent shades, he paints a group of women swarming together to listen to the wise words of an older lady. His penchant for sorbet shades are evident all through his paintings. ‘Depression’, an abstract work, where he discusses the state of humanity in vivid hues, also follows a similar colour palette.
“My paintings are easily recognisable as it follows a unique style. Through my works I am trying to bring out the ethos and traditions we have lost over the years. When somebody sees my painting he/she can recollect those days they spent in joy,” says Chandran. Renowned Malayali painters such as N Divakaran, also an integral part of the group, exhibited a few of his brilliant works. Soman who plays with intricate lines and contours fills his canvases with tiny images of people, while Anoop’s muse is nature. From his herd of deers to the spellbinding landscapes Anoop sticks to the myriad facets of the wonder called nature. Pinkle Sasi’s medium is watercolour. With simple watercolour strokes he creates magic on canvas. Satheesh Gopalakrishnapillai and Anil C adapt a mural style and festoons their canvases with Hindu Gods, while Paul Sanandaraj captures life in all its complexities. Pramod Kurampala’s style is also predominantly abstract.
The exhibition which started on May 8 concluded on Monday.