Paintings are a way to express oneself. The artist’s inner emotions, feelings and perspectives are expressed through a painting. It’s a medium that communicates their thoughts to the world. This is exactly what was on the minds of K.S. Rahul, Sangeeth Sivan, Devu G.R. and Jamesmon P.C., when they planned an exhibition. The 2nd year MFA students of Kalady Sanskrit University are currently busy with their exhibition titled Grey at Kerala Lalithakala Akademi, Thrissur.
“The title is not based on the colour, it’s actually philosophical. Humans are said to have either white or black shades. Every person has a balanced state and that is represented as grey. Humans are not to be categorised as heroes or villains always. There is an intermediate state for us,” says Rahul. According to the artists, the exhibition marks their greyish language, unfolding unavoidable questions to themselves and others. Around 50 paintings are featured in the exhibition, made of mediums like acrylic, oil paint, water colour, charcoal etc.
“My paintings depict the relationship between me and the nature. I love to do paintings on the nature as they reflect my inner feelings and emotions. I always feel the nature has life and strongly have a connection with them. We notice well when a flower blooms in a plant. Once it dries and falls, we forget the plant entirely. Same happens in all our lives. I hail from Alappuzha, where my house is near paddy fields. There are a lot of plants around it. It’s all green. Maybe that’s why I developed a love for the nature,” says Devu.
Rahul’s paintings give a feeling of looking at the present days from the past. He has used watercolour, charcoal and oil paint as the mediums. “However big we are, there will always be a child inside us. My paintings represent the inner side of me, revealing the margins of life in a positive way,” says Rahul. Sangeeth’s paintings are a representation of the relationship between man and nature. They say that we are actually treating nature offensively, such that we are losing what nature can offer us. It’s a warning that what we lose can never be retrieved. Jamesmon’s paintings focus on the social and environmental issues we face now. They are also a representation of how we miss the dying ones due to fast paced life. The exhibition will conclude today.