Ask this young couple what drew them closer, and here comes the most surprising answer. “It’s purely art,” they say. The duo, Rajeev Chithrampatt and Asha Rajeev, who tied the knot just six months ago, says that they love their paints and brushes as much as they adore each other. The couple is hosting their first painting expo in the city titled ‘Pulse’.
“Pulse is the product of our passion for art. We had been working for this even since our marriage six months ago and finally we are glad it has come out in the best way possible,” says Rajeev, who is also a hardware engineer with Zenith Solutions, Bangalore.
“I have never had a formal training in painting. My father is my guru. We have a rich history of artists in our family. It’s the inspiration I got from their works that drew me to pick up the painting brush,” he says.
If you ask him the theme of his works, the young artist just smiles. ‘’My acrylic works have all themes in them which even a layman can understand with just a glance. People are of the opinion that the themes of these art works are difficult to make out. Many have told me the artists themselves give indigestible definitions to their creations. I wanted to jump out of that box and produce something as simple as it could be,’’he says. His creations include everything from nature and love to modern art.
“The themes for my modern paintings are decided after they are finished. I guess its likewise for any other painter too. There might be a boom for this genre of work, but I don’t think established painters who have crafted their identity would attempt modern paintings, because, before taking up their brush they would have an idea or rather a theme of their works,” he says.
Asha Rajeev, who is equally a well-trained artist, has a good history of hosting many expos and as she says there is a regular clientele for her works. “I have taken formal training in fine arts and this has further moulded my passion. Though my primary subjects for my works are just varied, I have given greater prominence to female-oriented works.
The current expo has showcased works portraying the injustice meted out to the fairer sex. I felt I couldn’t raise my voice against such matters in a more better way,” says Asha, who is also a teacher at Bee Line Public School in the city. Nearly 60 paintings are on display at the expo being held at Lalithakala Art Gallery. The expo will conclude on October 19. Timing:11 am.