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Sneak peek: Laxman and Priyanka Elle’s new range of paintings to be displayed at State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad

A glimpse into a new series of paintings by artist and father-daughter duo Laxman and Priyanka Elle ahead of their performance in Hyderabad

A glimpse into a new series of paintings by artist and father-daughter duo Laxman and Priyanka Elle ahead of their performance in Hyderabad

The theme and style of father-daughter duo actors Laxman and Priyanka Ale are completely different from each other. Her floral-themed paintings in bright colors depict women in a festive atmosphere in rural Telangana, while her paintings depict deep, mysterious forests brimming with diverse flora and fauna. Well-defined drawings form the basis of his work, while his forms are more free-flowing. This author got a preview of his new series in his studio in Somajiguda, Hyderabad ahead of its exhibition at the State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad from September 18 to 25. In October, artist Jehangir will be exhibiting their respective series at Kala. Gallery, Mumbai. This is the first time the two will be hosting their solo shows together in the two galleries.

A Celebration, Flower Series

Lakshmana Ale’s Poolamma – Goddess of Life series of paintings has a floral theme, inspired by the Bathukamma festival of Telangana. Large format paintings, some of which measure 6×8 feet or more, depict rural women from Telangana draped in bright saris, wearing ornaments and flowers. Floral themes dominate both the background and motifs on the sarees; Vibrant colors harmonize the pictures.

Lakshmana Aile's Poolamma - a painting from the Goddess of Life series

Lakshmana Ailey’s Poolamma – a painting from the Goddess of Life series | photo credit: special arrangement

Step closer to the painting and the different drawing outlines are visible. “Drawing remains the basis of my work,” repeats the artist. The paintings have been done on a linen canvas and as Lakshman Ale explains, “I like to use the reverse (beige) side of the canvas, which gives my paintings a matte, rather than a shine, finish for a more traditional look. does.”

Experienced artists will display 20 to 25 paintings, some drawings and etchings from the Poolamma series. He conceptualized the series a few years back but many pictures took shape during the pandemic. The traditional tangedu (the state flower of Telangana) and other stylized flowers are in the background. In addition to vermilion red and turmeric yellow, the paintings appear with different colors of blue, orange, pink and green: “I wanted specific colors that weren’t used often and imported some colours,” he says. it is said.

Lakshmana Aile's Poolamma - a painting from the Goddess of Life series

Lakshmana Ailey’s Poolamma – a painting from the Goddess of Life series | photo credit: special arrangement

Many of the paintings depict one or two women, while some feature groups of women dressed for celebration. The choice of women’s expressions, posture and floral motifs keep the monotony from creeping in. Flowers and birds inspired by Kalamkari block prints appear in synthetic looking sarees worn by women: “Rural women have started wearing synthetic sarees. Many traditional handloom motifs are being recreated on these sarees. I wanted my paintings to reflect this,” Laxman quips.

meditation, mystical forest

Priyanka’s style is quite different from her father’s and consciously, she says: “My father grew up in rural Telangana while I was an urban upbringing. If I had portrayed rural men, women and their lifestyle, it would not have been as authentic and alive as their work. I realized this in the second or third year of my graduation and began to consciously develop an individualistic approach to the arts.”

A painting from the Proverbial Pathway series by Priyanka Ailey

A painting from the Proverbial Pathway series by Priyanka Ailey | photo credit: special arrangement

Flora and fauna, especially feral cats, have been her signature subjects. He also exhibited a series of pen and ink drawings. Over time, she observes that her art has become more spontaneous and free-flowing. Flora and fauna are still prominent in her paintings, but as her work develops, she sees a refinement. She will be exhibiting more than 30 paintings as part of a series called Proverbial Pathways. Deep forests, joyful flowers and creatures and his interpretation of the folktale Bala Nagamma are some of the themes that have been explored.

“When I start painting I have a rough imagination in my mind. If I want to paint a forest, the various elements come into place once I start painting. I cannot pre-meditate the exact shapes of tree branches or the location of birds and animals,” says Priyanka. Tigers in bright colors are sometimes seen replenishing the dark forests. In a painting, what can be guessed is changed by the presence of joyful birds. Tibetan clouds are visible in some artifacts.

A painting from the Proverbial Pathway series by Priyanka Ailey

A painting from the Proverbial Pathway series by Priyanka Ailey | photo credit: special arrangement

A different aspect of Priyanka’s work is to make the pictures appear as if they have enlarged a small section of a large forest area: “The branches of the tree do not end; Beyond the frame is a sense of continuity. I like to give the audience the desire to take me to the forest. Some of the paintings of trees take inspiration from miniature painting styles and Jataka tales as well.

Says Priyanka, Proverbial Pathways was not intended as a series. Individual portraits took shape over the years as she took on responsibilities from being a newlywed to a young mother while pursuing a post-doctoral degree in art: “I submitted my PhD thesis seven months ago. Looking at the many things I was juggling, I didn’t work on a linear series. My art was spontaneous and unpredictable.”

(Poolamma – The Goddess of Life and the Cosmic Path will be on view at the State Gallery of Art, Hyderabad from 18-25 September)

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