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An art show full of colour and creation!

Arun Prabha's 'Still Life' brings alive an everyday scene at a home

Keeping in tune with the monsoon season, the ongoing group show “Srijan” (meaning creation) at Art Life Gallery, Noida is full of colour, life, energy and zest!

The exhibition which is on till July 30 features 32 artworks by seven artists – Arun Prabha, Dr. Chitra Singh, Dr. Mona Saxena, Neena Mehrok, Nisha Sehjpal, Sukhdeep Kaur and Vivek Singh.

The subjects chosen by artists vary from common objects and scenes to gods and goddesses to nature to rural life but what is common in all of them is their vibrancy and excellent use of colours.

Prabha’s two works, both titled “Still Life” convey to the viewer a sense of stillness in the air. One depicts a basket with fruits and a plant in a bottle placed on a glass top small cane table. The reflection of the basket and bottle in the glass truly shows the artist’s skill. The other work has a jug, a vessel and fruit on a plate, all of which seem to be eagerly waiting for someone to use them. The works are in matte finish making them look real.

Showing a slice of village life are Prabha’s “Woman Farmer” and “Bullock Cart”. The former has three women wearing traditional attire, carrying baskets on their heads who seem to be hurrying back home. The other portrays a bullock cart with the pair of bulls trotting fast on a dusty trail. That it is a regular pathway is evident as there is another cart following at a distance.

Chitra Singh also looks at rural life and shows farmers in a field in her work titled “Farming” which has five people busy in their work in a blooming and green farm. Her “Working Woman” has a woman bending down to pick up a pitcher in which she has probably filled water while other containers are lying on the side.

Divinity is also a subject chosen by some of the artists for their works. Prabha’s “Radha With Krishna” shows the two in a lush green scenic setting with Krishna playing the flute to mesmerised Radha. Kaur’s “Radha Krishna” also depicts the two but in a different way – facing one another they are lost in each other’s gaze. The faces are sharp and the features prominent.

Artist Saxena choses to show Krishna alone coloured beautifully in shades of green and blue, adorned in jewellery and headgear, holding the flute close to his lips. Her “Ganesha” has the innocent elephant God sitting on the ground holding the conch and flower in his two hands with a small mouse– his ride – on the side.

Kaur’s “Love of Mother” and “Mother and child” highlight the maternal love and bond vividly. The first shows a baby sleeping peacefully and securely on the mother’s shoulder while the second one has a boy and girl hugging their mother.

Artists have taken inspiration from Nature too. Saxena’s “Hill” shows the mountains in different shades ranging from yellow to green to blue. Her “Nature” shows green hills, a blue stream with azure sky in the backdrop – making the entire view enchanting.

A work which is eye-catching is “Enjoy” by Mehrok. Portraying an aged man enjoying the merry-go-round, it has a small child looking with amazement at the senior citizen. Both the figures and the wooden horses look very authentic.

(Exhibition open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.)