Different palettes

Published: 21 November, 2013 08:59 IST | Ruchika Kher |

Explore diverse, creative expressions by two artists with fascinating influences � Laxman Aelay and Shola Carletti

Rural canvas calling
Laxman Aelay didn’t adopt creativity; he was born with it. With a weaver father, Aelay grew up alert to texture, colour motif and design. Now to spread his artistic magic, the Hyderabad-based artist is out with his solo exhibition, Fellow Travellers, which is an ode to the people who have been a part of his life.
“Performative art and Nakshi paintings are the subjects of my artworks. Transformation in the rural culture is the inspiration behind this show,” says Aelay, who took two years to complete the paintings.

Painting by artist Laxman Aelay

From a signboard painter to an artist, Aelay, who often depicts the lives of rural folk from Telangana in his works, is currently pursuing
The Nakshi painting and Dalit Bahujan performative art forms for a PhD from EFLU, Hyderabad.

Till November 25, 11 am to 7 pm
AT Jehangir Art Gallery, 161, Kala Ghoda.
CALL 22843989

Glitter all the way
Pune-based artist Shola Carletti is fascinated by gold. Little wonder then that her new exhibition is titled, Gold Digger. “In my inner landscape, the dominant colour is gold, which in my work represents the divine, the sacred, an ever present mystery,” says Carletti.

Shola Carletti’s sculpture for Gold Digger

The sculptures on display in her show are birds and eggs. “I see birds as spiritual symbols of the Divine. For their connection to the sky, they have been thought of as a supernatural link between the heavens and the earth. They are good omens and the egg has always symbolised new beginnings. It’s a symbol of fertility, purity and rebirth,” she sums it up.

Till December 7
At Gallery Art and Soul, Dr Annie Besant Road, Worli. CALL 24965798

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