The Telegraph
Monday , November 11 , 2013
 

Designers’ brush with canvas

A painting by Lopamudra at Odisha Modern Art Gallery in Bhubaneswar. Telegraph pictures

Bhubaneswar, Nov. 10: Two Odia women artists — Lopamudra Jena and Ayaskanta Sahoo — have showcased their artistic creations on different media at the exhibition Mudrayas, on at the Odisha Modern Art Gallery in the city.

Both have chosen a wide range of themes and techniques in their works.

Fashion designers by profession, Lopamudra and Ayaskanta are artists by passion. In the ongoing exhibition, they have segmented their art into three categories — beauty of love, splendour of woman and social issues.

Celebrating love, Lopamudra has presented a number of paintings that show intimate moments between a couple in an abstract form.

She has used varying techniques like an assembly of intricately drawn web of lines amidst which the profile of a man and woman can be found.

Depicting a series on women, she has displayed a study on their anatomy. Some acrylic works on canvas and paper are impressive. But there are a few that have strong concepts and yet immaturity in presentation.

The social issues series includes works by both artists. Some are linography works that appear striking. These graphic works show sceneries and landscape.

The other drawings and paintings deal with subjects such as child labour, girl child issues and even global warming, among other environmental issues.

The duo have also showcased some tribal art on attires such as skirts, tops and tunics. Traditional and contemporary fabric art also feature in the collection.

“At our institute of fashion designing in Delhi, we were given close to two years of grooming in fine art. We were thoroughly taught working in different techniques on various media. It was so enjoyable to paint and draw that we continued our artistic pursuits beyond curriculum,” said Lopamudra.

“We wish to spread awareness through our works,” said Ayaskanta.

“Meanwhile, we are working on exclusive collections of garments in cotton and silk that would have intricate designs of tribal paintings and traditional Odisha art in bold colours as well as subtle hues,” she said.

“Its good to see female artists coming forward with their own concepts. Odia female artists usually find it difficult to continue their passion in art due to lack of family support,” said Tarakant Parida, senior artist and founder of the gallery.