Of inspirations and art
Painter Radhika Neelkantan and Photographer Diba Siddiqi’s have a lot in common. Both are teachers, they are passionate artists with no formal training in their respective craft and this is their first ever exhibition together. But, their work is dramatically different from the other. Radhika’s brightly colored canvases balance Diba’s subtle black and white photographs in their first ever public exhibition on at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath till the 18th of January.
‘This is my first ever acrylic on canvas, as an artist the medium I have often used has been either pen and ink or pencil’ admits Radhika modestly of the large bursting with colour canvases that adorn the walls. Her journey as an artist started when she was all of 6 years old. Radhika mentions that she has had no formal training in art but has felt close to it from the beginning. ‘If you see my work, there is nothing exotic about it, I’ve captured the ordinary and represented them’ says Radhika who finds inspiration from the ordinary things life has to offer. Her series ‘Foliage’ consists of eight paintings that are large and colourful representations of sunflowers, frangipani, almond leaves and grass. Radhika teaches art and biology at the Centre for Learning (CFL) and has also dabbled in painting murals and illustrations too. ‘I’ve recently illustrated a psychology book for a friend and also a children’s Kannada book’ adds Radhika .