Abstract themes earn praise

Newcomers and established artists share space at event

By ANWESHA AMBALY in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 26.08.16
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Paintings and sculptures of veteran artists on display at 
the exhibition in Bhubaneswar. Picture by Sanjib Mukherjee

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 25: A stylistic oeuvre from the colonial era to contemporary times is reflected in the artworks showcased at an ongoing exhibition in the city.

The week-long event - "Repose" - features 65 artworks by well-known artists such as Baladev Maharatha and D.N. Rao as well as budding painters such as Ashutosh Patra and Pinaki Mohanty.

The event features paintings, photographs, graphic art, sculptures, ceramic stonework and other forms of art on sale. The price of the artworks ranges between Rs 10,000 and Rs 5 lakh.

Quite a few artworks earned admiration by virtue of their abstract themes and vibrant use of colours.

Artist Helen Brahma used textile art to depict Devi's Vahana or "the mount of goddess" in the form of a crab. Lalatendu Rath's acrylic canvas of Lord Jagannath and His siblings with the chariots and the Puri temple in the background is an eye catcher, while Mahendra Prasad Mahapatra's water colour on paper depicts an idol of Lord Ganesh. Artist Kanta Kishore Moharana has created an art installation using stone and bronze to create seed sacks. Bhabani Sankar Das, another artist, has brought out glimpses of temple architecture on his canvas. A number of paintings on Lord Buddha, Goddess Kali as well as common people, too, have drawn appreciation from other artists. The woman forms the central theme of the artworks.

Pinaki Ranjan Mohanty, a young artist, said: "It's a great feeling to see your work share space with those of veterans."

The exhibition is a prelude to an art conclave to be held on August 29 in which artists from across the country will take part. "The exhibition was meant to recognise the work of Odia artists, who are upholding the tradition of the Kalingan style of art," said exhibition curator Manash Ranjan Jena.

The Ila Panda Centre for Arts is organising the event at the Lalit Kala Akademi here.