And this fortnight, a gang of girls is stealing the limelight at an unlikely place - Lakshana Art Gallery.
On the ocasion of it's anniversary, Lakshana Art Gallery in Shanthi Nagar is organising an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by a group of nine artists, from 20th April to 5th May. The group comprises women artists Rohini Reddy, Laxmi Reddy, Padma Reddy, Gouri Vemula, Kavita Dueskar, Archana Sonti, Aasha Radhika, Lavanya Dutt and Kusum Viswanath, all Hyderabad-based, and exhibiting 31 of their recent works.
Padma Reddy takes the role of a surgeon with a paint-brush. She dissects the human body and tries to reveal it inside out. Calling it the Alchemist series, Padma has three of her works on display and she tries to bare the inner nudity of the human body.
Laxmi Reddy researches between the still life (abstract) and life-in-motion (figurative). Her works are bright and realistic.
Rohini Reddy is exhibiting two of her works of sculpture in fibre-glass and bronze. The fibre-glass sculpture seems like an Indianised Sphinx, and the other in bronze is completely desi - traditional with two figures on a swing. Rohini took her Diploma in Sculpture from C N College of Fine Arts, Ahmedabad, and her Post-Graduate Diploma in Portrait Sculpture from Faculty of Fine Arts, M S University, Baroda. She is working as a freelance sculptor.
Gowri Vemula has two figurative paintings with human faces. She is a BFA (Painting) graduate from JNTU, and has MFA (Graphics) from S N School of the Hyderabad University.
Kavitha Deuskar, with two figurative paintings on display, is a graduate in Painting & Sculpture from College of Fine Arts & Architecture, JNTU. She received specialized training in murals and fresco painting under Prof K G Subramanyam, MSU, Baroda. She has participated in many art camps in India & abroad.
Archana Sonti is exhibiting 8 abstracts, in dark colors. She completed her MFA with a Gold Medal in Painting from Sarojini Naidu School of Communication, Performing Arts and Fine Arts, Hyderabad Central University. She participated in workshops on painting at Central University, and in a print-making workshop guided by Prof. Laxma Goud. She had participated in several exhibitions in India.
Aasha Radhika's works in egg-tempura, capture the relationship of humans with animals/birds. A self-taught artist, she uses light colors in her paintings with lots of textures. She is currently working with State Bank of India and has been instrumental in conducting art camps by the State Bank of India.
Lavanya Dutt has five portraits of women in different moods. Even though the faces look similar, there are small change in colors and the ornaments, with the face reacting to different moods. Lavanya was born in a family of artists in Hyderabad. Her father, Prof Manmohan Dutt, is a painter and filmmaker, and mother Nirmala Dutt is a practicing artist. Dutt was a Gold Medalist in M F A (Painting) from Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. She got a first class in her P G Diploma in Television Production from Central University, Hyderabad. She also participated in several group exhibitions from 1993 to 2005.
Kusum Viswanath has three of her figurative works on display. She is a Bachelor in Fine Arts in painting, with a gold medal from College Of Fine Arts, JNTU, Hyderabad, and a Master in Fine Arts from the University Of Hyderabad. She has participated in various group shows in Hyderabad, Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, in addition to workshops in Hyderabad. She has also worked as a visiting faculty member at the College Of Fine Arts, JNTU, Hyderabad.
For further details, please contact Lakshana Art Gallery at 2337-8033.