Elements for a picturesque setting

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Elements for a picturesque setting

Guests at the event.

While some took time to leisurely stroll around and study the paintings carefully, there were those who were busy catching up with buddies and making plans to party together later in the evening. Many were headed out to a swish house warming party on the outskirts of Bangalore and others were seriously considering which painting would add value to their collection.

“I am not much of an abstract art person and find I need to study the painting in different lights and over a period of time to see if it is something I can live with.That is why I make several trips to the gallery before deciding on a purchase,” said Moksha Das, an art collector.

Swirls of colour in peppy blues and yellows, figures of humans or mythical beasts, amorphous forms in energetic spaces made bold statements on the canvases.  Anuradha, the artist, was at her articulate best talking about the inspiration behind her work and the cryptic titles she chose for her paintings. “I don’t have a pre-conceived picture in my mind before I start painting. We all have elements of creativity within us and we need to allow to grow and blossom without hindrance,” she explains.

“Part of the allure of exclusive art shows is the age-old desire to bend an elbow exclusively with one’s peers, separate from the rest. Then there is the matter of collecting contemporary art which has increasingly become a blood sport in some circles. Actually these gatherings are an ideal setting for both collectors and young artists to impress each other and possibly for the well connected to get an early jump on selected pieces before anyone else,” said  Drithi Seth, an art aficionado. The exhibition is on at Time and Space till December 26.

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