Of nature and colour

Mar 10, 2013, 11:27 IST | Kaveri Waghela

Impressionistic elements and nature-inspired paintings form a perfect symmetry in the works of Hyderabad-based artist Surya Prakash. He is currently exhibiting 15 of his works in a solo show titled: The Diversity of Nature, at the India Art Gallery

For artist Surya Prakash, a work of art is an experience rather than a projection. This thought is deeply visible in all his paintings. “I like it when an artist consumes himself in his work. Most of my works are a result of my experiences and sojourns which form a primary element in all my paintings,” he says.

Nature is also a core element in his works. The current exhibition titled, The Diversity of Nature has 15 paintings, which were completed within a year. Says Prakash, “I like to do my work at leisure, so it took me about a year to complete 20 paintings, from which 15 are being showcased.”

Reflection in the river is one of the paintings that is currently on display at the exhibition

Though Prakash doesn’t like to title any of his works, his friends and family name some of his paintings.He says, “Everybody is entitled to give his/her opinion. I am not an artiste who likes to restrict or guide someone’s thought process by giving a name to each of my paintings. It is entirely an individual’s point of view. Some of my paintings have been named by my friends because they perceived it in a certain way, and I was happy about their decision.”

The paintings are inspired by artists like Cézanne, SH Raza and Ram Kumar who used a lot of impressionistic elements in their paintings. Prakash also uses a lot of colour and foliage that creates an interesting mix between modern impressionism and the conventional scenery of nature.

One of his painting, titled Reflections in the River gives an impression of an ariel view of a globe. He says, “It depends on how you perceive it. I painted it as a reflection while my friend perceived it as freedom of art.” Though his paintings are experimental, Prakash still considers himself a conventional painter. “I am conventional but I do get inspired by my surroundings. I like it to be that way as it makes my work more universal,” he says.

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