Conveying a message

 Self-taught Suresh Lokre
“I am a self-taught artist and painting is my passion. Although abstract art is a Western concept, I have used and adapted it to depict Indian mythology,” he explains.

Colours are what he uses to speak to the viewer, conveying his underlying message quite effectively. The purplish blue background with a flute and a peacock feather floating against it instantly remind one of Krishna. Lakshmi is characterised by pink, Shiva by a deep blue (which Lokre calls Neelkant) and the Tantric philosophy and practice are depicted by the colours red, yellow and black.

The series is called Kalamrit coined from the words Kalam meaning art and amrit meaning divine nectar of the gods.

He draws his inspiration not only from mythology but life as it exists in villages and rural areas in the country.

 “A painting titled Village is characterised by the dual colours of black and gold. Gold refers to the wealth that the farmers create for India by way of food, and black reflects the poverty that permeates the life of the very farmers who toil for this wealth in rural areas, braving harsh conditions and old fashioned farming techniques,” he adds.

Using sand and handmade paper to add texture to his work, Lokre works with acrylic paint layering it and creating a multi-dimensional effect.

Concentric circles of energy in bright red and yellow, a pair of hands coloured black against a deep red background, these themes are quite characteristic of his paintings, which he says, cut across social barriers and cultures.
The exhibition is on till August 9.

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