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Sight and Insight Art Exhibition at Kalakriti Art Gallery

This summer, Hyderabad city would be witnessing an exquisite art exhibition of recent paintings by a Hyderabad based artists Udyay Bhaskar Pendem and Keerthi Kankipati, which will be mounted at Kalakriti Art Gallery., 468-Road no. 10, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad on Monday, IIth April, 2016.

• The exhibition will open on 11th April, 2016 and run through 14th April, 2016.

The two persons show will be encompassing large scale Photo-Realistic paintings in oil on canvas and the exhibition subtitled, ‘“SIGHT & INSIGHT’ focused on growing urbanization and its consequences.

Overview: The two talented participating artists in the present show, Uday Bhaskar Pendem and Keerthi Kankipati make successful efforts in creating optically convincing illusions of reality simulating and assimilating what they have seen and experienced. Both artists painstakingly reconstruct narratives, capturing them through extreme photographic reality. This mode essentially necessitates the artists to use their adroit skills and precise focus on re-presenting the simulated reality or the improvised illusion, enhancing the visual sight and the appropriated/desired imagery. The paintings exhibited here create a sense of tangible solidity and substantial presence of substances that are familiar to us. Their clever use of volume, tactile quality and subtlety of chiaroscuro all manifest ensuring a complex understanding of real and natural. These recent paintings demonstrate their artistic insight as the use of imagery appears to be apolitical in nature but the very selection of it intends to create a dialogue about the status quo of artistic practice in the region. They are neither decorative nor ethnographic in character, but certainly resonate their personal experiences in the bubbling urbanity.

Uday Bhakar Pendem: Bom in 1981 Chirala, Uday learnt traditional painting and temple architecture in Tirupati and nurtured his skills under the tutelage of renowned artist duo Shesha Brahmam and Gundu Anjaneyulu. Later he went on to pursue his Bachelor of Fine Arts in the year 2005 and finished Master of Fine Arts in the year 2013 from the prestigious College of Fine Arts, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Masabtank, Hyderabad.

Uday’s paintings examine growing urban landscape in Hyderabad. In contrast to the nostalgic idea of his indigenous ambience, these paintings reflect his aversion to and disassociation with the sappy urbanization. The recent paintings show much more maturity and dexterity, as the artist precisely deals with the schema and the selection of imagery, which articulate both irony and reality whilst they are displayed in an Art Gallery.

Keerthi Kankipati: Bom in 1984, Keerthi studied Bachelor of Fine Arts in Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University in 2006 and in 2011, she went on to study Master of Fine Arts in College of Fine Arts, Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture and Fine Arts University, Masabtank, Hyderabad. She participated in several exhibitions and camps in and around Hyderabad.

Keerthi’s untainted paintings show her apprehension to the tainted environments caused by growing urbanization in the city. She cleverly translates her emotive expressions through incongruent ‘binaries’ and ‘contradictions’ in the context of shifting modes of life in his ever- changing city. Her deep concern about natural-nature and aberrant conditions of urban planning are evident in her astutely rendered paintings.
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