A Simple Life
“Life is an empty canvas……. we have to paint it every moment of our Life” – Osho
As the title of the exhibition suggests, this collection of art work depict the daily rituals, the chores, the leisure time and even the spiritual relationships with God; encompassing a reflection of the culture and community of simple island people.
These paintings give us glimpses of a simple time, a humble life and its simple pleasures. The artists and their associated work hint that life, regardless of its minimalism, should not only be lived but celebrated!
Prabhu’s paintings are a combination of expressionism and surrealism, transferred to the canvas in a “haiku” like style in such a manner as to leave the viewer pondering upon the imagery.
Parma, on the other hand, favours the expressionist style and his work profoundly reflects the natural environment….. the serenity, the quietude and the nostalgia of a simple life.
Some of the paintings are self-explanatory; however the following are brief descriptions of some of the pieces. One sees the social aspects of a simple life depicted in “The River Lime II”, “Spirit of the Moment”, “Mela” and “Old Friends”.
The nostalgic aspect depicted in the paintings “Bull and Cart” and “Chief” transpires from an era gone by. The idea of looking forward to food and rest after a hard day’s work are depicted in the pieces titled “Homeward Bound”, “Just Chillin’ ” and “Going Home”. Examples of the community and social bonding aspects are visible in “Market Day” and “Aunty’s Visit”.
Above all, the acknowledgment of a higher presence and deep connection to a spiritual being are illustrated in “Devotions” and “Ancestral Guide”.