Joseph is showcasing the fast diminishing landscapes of Kerala, through his art. You can have a darshan of the beauty from Chitramayee, itself.
Chitramayee, State Gallery of Fine Arts is hosting an exhibition of 32 paintings called Kerala Darshanam, by Eby N Joseph. This exhibition of his contains various landscapes and a few portraits. Kerala is a God's-own-country with beautiful landscape of serene rivers and ponds, back-waters, coconut forests, quaint country paths, bustling coasts and village markets. But the beauty of the state is fast disappearing, in the name of modernisation and development.
Concerned at this alarming rate of vanishing landscapes, Joseph has taken the task of preserving this beauty on his canvas by painting a series of 1,000 paintings. He has brought out delicate spots from Wayanadu, Mahe, Vaikkom, Kovalam, Kochi, Varkala and Thurayil Kotta in this exhibition. Even though these paintings in acrylics and oils are not exact reproductions of a place or scene, they are the artist's impressions of places which has captured during his visits to these places.
Lonely pathways, backwaters, and tree glades with diffused lighting are some of the highlights of the exhibition. He personally goes on visits to remote areas to find beautiful spots and makes quick paintings using watercolour pencils, which he paints after coming to his studio.
He has also painted portraits of Habeeb Miya, the longest living man of the country; Ashok Gehlot, the former Rajasthan Chief Minister; and the royal family of Kozhokode. His chosen medium is acrylic on canvas and he does knife work too.
Eby has studied painting at Kerala School of Arts, Thalassery, and has exhibited at various places like Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Kannur, Goa, Mumbai, Jaipur, Chennai, and Mahe. This is his 27th exhibition of his career. He was awarded the National Award for outstanding young person by IJC, Kerala Lalith Kala Academy's Shankara Menon Endowment Gold Medal.
The exhibition is on from 19th to 28th of December. For further details, please contact the gallery at 2311-3308, 98486-66262.