Sculpture, figurative paintings, landscapes and nudes. Oh, at least one of them should interest you.
A group show of paintings by Maruthi Paila, B Bhaskar Rao and Sadhu Surya Rao, and sculpture by S Kantha Reddy, is on at the Chitramayee, State Gallery of Fine Arts, from 1st of March. Themed Nature Bound, the series contains 35 paintings and four items of sculpture. It is unclear why it has been named after nature, because with the exception of those of Bhaskara Rao, the works of the artists appear to have little to do with nature.
Kantha Reddy has chosen to portray lemons, chillies, bitter gourd (karela) and sugarcane as four different characteristics of human nature in one of his works; the theme of the Bhagawad Gita with a mirror in another; fibre glass sculpture made with a seven-seater auto tyre reflecting his past as a driver in the third; and metal skeletal boxes joined to form a high building in the fourth. Surya Rao's works are based on figurative paintings, and Maruthi has nude figures of chosen women. Bhaskara Rao has chosen landscapes for his works.
S Kantha Reddy is a BFA in sculpture from JNTU College of Fine Arts, Hyderabad, and a MFA in sculpture from Visva Bharathi University, Shantiniketan. He is a recipient of the Major Cheppudira Ponnappa Rajaram Student Scholarship in 2001, and was awarded by the Telugu University, Hyderabad, in 2002. He has exhibited at the Hyderabad Art Society Annual Exhibition, the Terracotta Camp at the JNTU College of Fine Arts, the Birla Academy Of Arts And Crafts Annual Exhibition Kolkata, the AIFCA State LEVEL exhibition, the Doom Mai Art Gallery New Delhi and so on.
Bhaskara Rao Botcha is an MFA in painting from the University of Hyderabad, and a BFA in painting from Andhra University Visakhapatnam. He received the Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, New Delhi. He has exhibited his paintings in various exhibitions, like the Visakha Art Society Vizag, Art Dais Gallery Hyderabad, the Telugu University Hyderabad, Lakshana Art Gallery Hyderabad, the South Central Zone Cultural Center Nagpur and Curiosity Art Gallery, Visakhapatnam.
Maruthi Paila is a BFA (Painting) from JNTU and is currently working under the guidance of Fawad Tamkanat. He has organised various painting shows at the Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore; the Potti Sriramulu Telugu University, the Hyderabad Art Society, the Lalitha Kala Acadamy of Chandigarh and the South Central Zone Cultural Center Nagpur.
Sadhu Surya Rao has an MFA (Painting) from Kala Bhavan Shantiniketan, and a BFA (Painting) from Andhra University Visakhapatnam. He is a recipient of the Junior Fellowship from the Ministry of Tourism & Culture, and a Merit Scholarship from the Department of Painting, Shantiniketan. He received the Punjab Lalita Kala Academy National Award in 2002. He has exhibited his art at the Daira Centre For Arts And Culture, the Visakha Art Society, the State Art Gallery and Kshetra Art Gallery of Vizag, the Birla Academy Of Art And Culture in Kolkata, and the Lalit Kala Academy in Chennai.
The exhibition is on till 9th March. For further details, please contact the art gallery at 2211-3308.