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Portraits out of the blue

The Pyde Pyper Art Academy, Dona Paula, an art institute established in 2010 with the sole purpose of bringing to fore the artistic talents of the children and grown-ups alike, will be organising its third art exhibition-cum-sale of drawings and paintings of portraits, done by their students, titled ‘Out of the Blue’, from May 18 to May 20 at the Art Gallery, Kala Academy, Panaji. NT KURIOCITY finds more

 RAMANDEEP KAUR | NT KURIOCITY

With the aim of encouraging students to showcase their creations, The Pyde Pyper Art Academy, Dona Paula, an art institute will be organising its third art exhibition-cum-sale of drawings and paintings of portraits, done by their students, titled ‘Out of the Blue’, from May 18 to May 20 at the Kala Academy Art Gallery, Panaji.

Established in 2010 by Wilson D’souza the former head of faculty of creative art at Bal Bhavan Panaji, with the sole purpose of bringing to fore the artistic talents of people from all walks of life, the institute now has over 1000 students enrolled.

The students are from diverse backgrounds and include doctors, teachers, lecturers, engineers, architects, scientists, writers, poets, dramatists, designers, photographers, homemakers and school and college students. D’souza says: “The students, past and present, will be displaying drawings and paintings of portraits that they have specially conceived and executed on the broad based theme of the colour blue.”

The exhibition will have 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 `5000 per work and `3000 for a non canvas done by the younger students.

Deanne Fernandes who assists D’souza says that we have recently started a creative writing department, wherein students in each activity are asked to write a story or a poem or draw any reflection which is not factual but more interpretational. She says: “The exhibition came out from one of these assignments wherein we had kept blue objects for still life and had asked them to either write on the colour blue, or make creative faces based on the colour blue. The portraits are to be looked upon as a perfect imitation but in today’s age even a camera can do the job of clicking of a perfect photo, there is no brain behind it. We wanted to bring out emotions through creative portraits which are not beautiful in terms of only features but even personalities.”

This exhibition is more about their inner talent and how the students interpret faces and people and the colour blue; rather than using blue as a colour, the idea was to explore the colour further. “Blue as a face is something different and none of the students questioned why not skin colour. So they knew they were into something different,” says D’souza.

The academy aids in developing each person’s own style and believes everyone has to do original work.  Deanne says that they maintain a balance between a skill and ideas and concepts because right now in art along with skills you need ideas and concepts.

Explaining the difference between art education in India and abroad, D’souza who graduated from Goa College of Fine Arts, says that most of the colleges’ entrance exams in India are based on still life, for example: you see and you draw the same but when you go out they give you five words and you have to string them up in a poem or story or show a illustration. He adds: “Today’s world is very competitive but it is a sad story that we live in a very outdated age.”

D’souza feels that formal training kills one’s creativity and uniqueness. “In an academic setup we are not trained from our basic skills, it comes from a formal setup that is still life or a model is kept and then you have to draw the same and due to these one’s imagination and creativity gets lost. At our academy we believe a line drawn by the student is much better than copied ditto. If 10 people sit and draw the same thing where is the room for creativity?” he asks.

Adding to the same, Deanne who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from St Xavier’s College, Mumbai says that the teacher has to have talent to look at each student’s personal skill. “Everything which is not done realistically is a mistake but here we do not believe there is a mistake even if a person is doing a still life but interprets in a different way.”

A brochure featuring artworks which will be displayed at the exhibition will also be launched at the inaugural function on May 18 at 5 p.m. at the Art Gallery, Kala Academy, Panaji.

(The exhibition ‘Out of the Blue’ will be inaugurated on May 18 at 5 p.m. at Art Gallery, Kala Academy, Panaji by Mayor of the Corporation of City of Panaji, Vithal Dayanand Chopdekar. The exhibition will be open for public viewing from May 19 to May 20 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.)

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