Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Thrayam Painting Exhibition at Kochi Attracts Attention

Thrayam 2012 painting exhibition at Kochi, featuring the works of three young painters, Ambily Saju, Dileep Swastik, & Hariharan Swastik, is attracting much footfalls to the Durbar Hall Art Gallery in the city.

The Gallery is part of the Kerala Lalita Kala Academy, and has been hosting the works of these three noted painters from 21st of this month. Thrayam 2012 was inaugurated by P Rajeev, Member of Parliament.

The highlight of Thrayam (which means triple in Indian languages) is not only the coming together of three artists, but the coming together of three mediums - glass, canvas, & wood.

Ambily, Dileep, & Hariharan informed that it is the love for murals that brought the three of them together. Earlier, they had done a similar exhibition at Bengaluru’s Chitrakala Parishat to rave reviews.

Ambily Saju, the senior-most among them have also four individual painting exhibitions to her credit, all of them at Kozhikode. Her specialized medium is glass, and her next exhibition is slated at Dubai, from where she learned this art.

Murals or traditional wall paintings of India used to be done exclusively on temple and palace walls, but these three artists are working hard to popularize this art form by bringing it to glass, wood, and smaller canvases.

Another highlight of Thrayam is Ambily’s contemporary works, made up of series paintings, in which multiple framed paintings when placed together bring out a larger picture.

Ambily informed that ‘Emotions’, one of her such series works has been the most discussed during this exhibition. ‘Emotions’ depict the concept of loneliness from an individual’s birth to her death, through the various stages of life.

A centre of attraction at the festival is a wooden elephant sculpture adorned on every inch by vibrant painted murals, which is a masterly work by Dileep and Hariharan.

Ambily’s non-mural works this time generally follows black-and-white and light-and-shade themes. With Thrayam, she is proving that she is equally at ease with rich colours as well as subtle shades of grey.

While murals are generally the forte of Hinduism, Ambily and her co-artists have taken pains to bring Christian and Buddhist imagery too to their murals, not to mention nationalistic images from the freedom struggle.

Visitors are spending ample time viewing the works of these three artists, but at least a few are disappointed that much of the works in exhibit are already booked by buyers.

Speaking with Seasonal Magazine, Ambily said, “Our principal aim is to popularize new mediums and to contribute to a renaissance in murals by bringing them to such new mediums. However, our work being of a painstaking nature, that takes several months to complete, we can‘t deliver a huge number of paintings to satisfy all buyers. We will be content if more artists take up such new mediums and contribute to a resurgence in this traditional art of our nation.”

The exhibition is open every day between 11 AM to 7 PM. Thrayam 2012 will come to a close on 28th of this month.

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