For three days, a shaded section inside a star hotel in the city became a focal point for artists and art lovers who came together for an art camp titled Art out of the box. While a few artists kept themselves busy with art work, others conversed with visitors while a few more got inspired to make their own works of art.
“The camp brings together a new set of local and outstation artists every year,” says Sanjana Reddy, granddaughter of Dr Anji Reddy, who further explains, “While we invite new artists every year, a few of them have been with us previously.” Hanumanth Rao of Gallery Space adds, “The exhibition of these works will be held on December 15 and 16. Every year, the amount raised from the sale of the works goes towards a social cause.”
One noteworthy work of art was a freshly painted canvas by local artist Sachin Jaltare. Sharing his experience of being a part of the camp, Sachin says, “It is always refreshing to come out of the studio and work in close vicinity to other artists.”
Meanwhile, an enchanting work by popular artist Ramesh Gorjala, depicting a lot of intricate episodes around Lord Vishnu, also commanded attention and appreciation, as did a striking work by G. Anjaneyulu, which mesmerised viewers by its realism and conceptual prowess.
Meanwhile, artists from other cities commented that the art fraternity of Hyderabad is very inclusive and warm. Sujata Achrekar from Mumbai, who works with a bright palette and creates well balanced compositions about self realisation and introspective gaze, says, “This is my first ever workshop in Hyderabad and I am looking forward to a lot of events and shows in the future.”
An equally enthusiastic Shyamal Mukherjee confided about his special relationship with the city and local artists. His lively works depict men and women in their mundane activities while humour is a constant element.
G. Subramanian’s adorable doll like Krishna manifested divinity in a simple and innocent form. The artist reveals, “I work with a combination of collage (pieces torn from magazines) and brush work. After I conceive an image in my mind, I search for excerpts that help me complete it.” The flora and fauna in artist Ganapati Hegde’s works came together in a natural way while the black and white profile of a woman’s face rendered in charcoal, surrounded by fluttering butterflies by Nishant Dange was a beautiful blend of realism and fantasy.