The Pyde Pyper Art Academy, Dona Paula, held its third art exhibition-cum-sale of drawings and paintings of portraits, done by their students, titled ‘Out of the Blue’. The exhibition was inaugurated at the hands of Mayor of the Corporation of City of Panaji, Vithal Dayanand Chopdekar on Friday at the Art Gallery of Kala Academy.
A brochure featuring artworks which are displayed at the exhibition was also launched during the inaugural function.
The exhibition has more than 100 artworks on display. Each student has created two original portraits in different shades of blue on canvas and paper. The portraits have been done from imagination and not reference. These artworks will be for sale, with the canvas being sold for Rs5000 per work and Rs3000 for a non canvas work done by the younger students.
Appreciating the artworks at the exhibition, Chopdekar said: “The students have done a really good job and I wish them all the very best in the future.”
Shoni Surlakar, from Porvorim who joined the academy last year and is currently studying at Don Bosco Higher Secondary School, Panaji said: “I have exhibited two of my paintings. Through my paintings I wanted to portray how some people from our generation are in depression, anorexia and into drug abuse to numb the pain, for example: in my one of my artworks, I have shown a person smoking but there is a tremor inside that person. Many people smoke to look cool and have fun but they do not know that trying to look cool is peer pressure.” Her second work is about anorexia. “In this age of internet when girls look at models, they want to look like them and those who do not look good idealise that body type, many starve and do not eat right and even if they do they get anorexic,” she adds.
Another student from the academy, Urvi Keni studying in Sharada Mandir School, Miramar who has also exhibited her work at the exhibition said: “My artwork is influenced by Leonardo da Vinci as he is one of my favourite artists and he used to like the colour blue. The second artwork is about a lady, wherein I have tried to portray the aspect of confidence and loyalty which is reflected through the colour blue.”
(The exhibition will be open for public viewing till May 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)