No artist likes to be called an element. Several artists we know don't like to be called anything - except maybe creative. These five certainly deserve that moniker - and their name, too.
Chitramayee - State Gallery of Fine Arts is organising a group painting exhibition of five artists of Hyderabad, titled Five Elements, from 11th to 20th January. Five Elements is the name of the group, comprising Gorthy Arun Kumar, Guduri Prabhakar Rao, Jeevan Gosika, Lata Marur and Palala Narendra Nath. All the artists are highly skilled, and are exhibiting about 30 paintings.
Arun Kumar works as a chief supervisor in the Avionics Division of HAL Hyderabad. He is a self-taught artist and mostly works with oil paints on canvas, water colors and pencil sketches. He likes and paints landscapes, still life and wildlife. He has exhibited at various art galleries in Hyderabad and has participated in the India International Travel Fair at the Pragathi Maidan, New Delhi.
Prabhakar Rao is a keen lover of natural surroundings, particularly a rural atmosphere. He has passed the higher grade exam in painting conducted by the Govt. of AP. He is a recipient of the Family Welfare Award in 1971 for designing a greeting card, the Lokamanya Tilak Award from Pune in 2005, and the Royal Gold Medal from Karnataka in 2006. He has exhibited at the Hyderabad Art Society, the A P State Cultural Council, the South Central Zone Cultural Centre of Nagpur, NCC, the Potti Sreeramulu Telugu University in Hyderabad and Warangal, the Konaseema Chitrakala Parishad in Amalapuram and the Lalita Kala Parishad in Vizag.
Jeevan is a self-taught artist, who trained in Mumbai under Vishwanath Bede for 10 years. He has been based in Hyderabad since 1985, and works as a home interiors designer. He specialises in interiors, murals, figurative, still-life and landscapes. At present, he is concentrating on portraits and murals. His murals can be found at Amrutha Castle, Taj Krishna, and cine star Mohan Babu's residence.
Lata Marur is an artist, dancer, HR professional and trainer, and a self-taught painter. She specialises in translating images of rocks and rocky landscapes into paintings. Her works vary from miniature to portrait, and are keenly involved with the Save The Rocks Movement. She believes that in art, like in life, there are no shades of grey, only different strokes of white and black. Her sketches can be found in Rockatantra, a book written by her husband.
Narendra Nath has learnt 2D in animation, and has passed the drawing exam of the Govt. of AP. He comes from a legacy of professional artists, and so gave up his management career to pursue his paintings. He likes painting outdoors, and uses a palette knife to paint nature. He has conducted many workshops in drawing, painting and clay-modelling. He currently coaches children at his studio Art Study Centre, which was established by his father in 1982.
For further details, please contact the art gallery at 2311-3308/98486-66262.