Kalahita Art Foundation is presenting Passion Play, an exhibition of paintings by Master G Venkatesh, from 8th August. 80 paintings will be on display, and the proceeds from the sales will go to the aid of special children.
Venkatesh's works in crayons, water colours and oil paints radiate vibrancy, and express his artistic aptitude and his love for nature and forms. The 15-year-old, despite his hearing and speech impairment, goes to school, and has proven himself as a talented young artist with his skill and handling of subjects, media, and the language of artistic distortion. He has been awarded a silver medal in 2007 from Hope, Chennai.
Venkatesh's mother has been the first person to introduce art into his learning. Considering his hearing difficulties, she started to introduce objects and words with the help of drawings and colours. This exercise proved to be successful as Venkatesh speaks coherently; he has not only learnt to paint, but is empowered now, with his skill, to express himself artistically.
Venkatesh at the very first step of his creative calling has come up with a convincing range of works in water colour, acrylic, oil and soft pastels. His subjects are arrangements of still life set up with draperies, flower vases, floral arrays, fruits and glasses.
Venkatesh has been under the tutelage of Stanley Suresh from an early age. Suresh has not only imparted technical nuances of making paintings, but has also discussed aspects of art history with Venkatesh to prepare him better. Venkatesh too has reciprocated with hard work, regular outdoor studies and drawings of people around him. Every successful work has made him aware that diligence is rewarded.
Venkatesh lives in Hyderabad. The exhibition is on view till 13th August.