Let the art stay

Published: 31 October, 2011 10:37 IST | Manami Mallick |

Paris-based Gayatri Shantaram's abstract art is inspired by her ideas of freedom and expression, which don't manifest into a constructive art form

Paris-based Gayatri Shantaram's abstract art  is inspired by her ideas of freedom and expression, which don't manifest into a constructive art form

Can the absence of a painting from its residing corner in your bedroom make you feel incomplete and lonely? You can be deeply attached to a painting and also its surrounding space.

Gayatri tells you how. "I think there are certain emotions that a painting appeals to, which enhances people's attachment for it and the space around it," she says.

Gayatri has chosen Familiar Spaces as the theme of her first exhibition in Bangalore inspired by the connection that art lovers have with her works. "Art is a personal thing.

I spoke to those who appreciate my work and based on their feedback, I decided to go ahead with this exhibition. Also Bangalore has a good art market, although small which I want to be a part of," says Gayatri over the phone from Chennai.

Her paintings are largely inspiration-based, driven by her idea of freedom and familiarity, which she has developed from working on art therapy with disabled children.

"By working very closely with differently-abled and homeless children, I have realised that constructive art form is not necessary for expressing imaginations. Ever since, I try to reproduce this quality in my art," she says.

Using acrylic and industrial paints, Gayatri reproduces the transition she has undergone in her journey from India to Paris, a city that she visited to study Fashion Management in 2007.

But the urge to be an artist overpowered all else, and she returned to India two years later and dived headlong into the world of art.
Presently, she lives with her husband in France. "Now I'm focussed solely on art and will hold art exhibitions in April and September 2012 in France," states Gayatri. 

WHERE Renaissance Gallery,
# 104, Westminster
13 Cunningham Road
From November 2 to 7
Call 22202232
For Rs 7000 to 25,000

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