Three artists, three different subjects, but they are blended in mind. The show, Blended in Mind, that is going on at Kerala Lalithakala Akademi art gallery in Thrissur, can be briefly described so. The show that comprises works of Anitha T.K., Mukundan A.V. and Sudhish Kandampully discusses various subjects including history, politics, and nature. “There are 35 works,” says Sudhish.
Anitha’s paintings that may remind the spectator of impressionist paintings take a look at different shades of nature. They are bright and rich in nature and depict greenery that is fading with urbanisation. “She has focused on that. Her works encompass the beauty of nature. It is a tribute to the bygone time,” says Sudhish, who has taken themes from history and politics for his paintings.
One of Sudhish’s works features portraits of Gandhi, Godse and Vasco da Gama. Painted using oil, it is a play of light and darkness. “The light-and-darkness part has been given for visual beauty. There is no particular thought attached to it. But, the images point fingers at contemporary incidents,” says Sudhish. In his words, they represent freedom, an elusive idea even at this era, in different ways. “Look around us, different kinds of cries for freedom can be heard. The situation has not much changed though we have gained Independence. I have just taken elements from history to depict that.” And, he says he used oil as it is a realistic thought. His other work The Sense is about atrocities against women. There are a few other works, too, that talk about suppression.
Like Sudhish, Mukundan, too, talks politics in some of his paintings. “He has taken contemporary subjects,” says Sudhish about Mukundan’s works. One of his paintings shows a modern human being in two shades. It shows identity crisis; the two shades represent his two minds. The show concludes Friday.