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What the eye sees, and the heart speaks

Ujwala’s solo exhibition at Chitrak

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“Running with the bulls,” left, and “Sadhu” (acrylic on canvas) Photo Courtesy: Anil Advani

Ujwala Prabhu likes to observe her surrounding, people from all walks of life and their expressions. Her paintings record individual worlds, personal joys and woes. Her themes are contemplative, yet simple. Her solo exhibition titled "Chokh-er Dekha, Pran-er Kotha" is now on at Gallery Chitrak.
Ujwala is an Indian painter, who has been quite active in the Dhaka art circuit over the last few years. Her works focus her artistic journey. Her paintings articulate her personal experiences, understanding and deep observations of our society.
One aspect that is noticeable in her works is that she has not confined herself to a certain theme. Her canvas is truly a reflection of peoples' needs, dreams, despairs and ecstasies.
The exhibition includes Ujwala's figurative paintings, featuring tea vendors, rickshaw pullers, contemplating women, ascetics, gossiping people, boatmen and more. Her images easily translate a gamut of emotions and moods. Sometimes the faces (of the subjects) look gloomy and make the viewer consider their struggles and complex situations. Eyes of Ujwala's subjects are seemingly the dominant feature. The artist searches for a deeper meaning, using colours to articulate her signature language.
Figures hold a central place in her artworks, changing the mood according to their relationships with other elements. The bold, bright colours, applied with delicate brushstrokes all over the surface of her canvases, create a realistic image, seemingly in motion.
Ujwala tries to capture diverse moments. She is seemingly more interested in highlighting the basic lines of the composition than meticulously developing the details of her subjects. Thick lines are very noticeable among her sketches and line detailing gives them a distinct look. The artist carefully experiments with themes, colours and compositions.
Ujwala's works generally see a predominance of acrylic, oil, charcoal and ink. Her repertoire has been arranged according to different combinations of light and shade. The paintings project the ambience of urban and semi-urban life. The colours involved are red, black, yellow, emerald and azure -- representing vivaciousness of life. Her style of depiction is simple, yet remarkable.
The exhibition ends on June 5.

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