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Upcoming artists Rachana Charate and Karteek Mahatme’s shared passion for creating art will be on display at ‘Eclectics’, an art exhibition that commences tomorrow, November 9, at Panache, Vasco. NT KURIOCITY gets you the details ANNA FERNANDES | NT KURIOCITY

A shared love for art is what brought Rachana Charate and Karteek Mahatme together. And now the artistic duo is all set to showcase their work, some old and some new, at their joint exhibit titled ‘Eclectics’.

For the Vasco-based artists who first met at an art class and consequently became fast friends, art has always been their way of exploring, playing and experimenting with different ideas, media, and techniques. Hence, they say, the title ‘Eclectics’ seemed apt. “Our exhibition will have different kinds of artworks – different ideas coming together,” says Charate.

Presently pursuing her Bachelor’s in Architecture at the School of Planning and Architecture, University of Mysore, the 21-year-old reveals that art has always been her constant companion. “I grew up in an environment where I was always encouraged to create and experiment,” she says adding that, “Creating art is a part of me; it has always served as my getaway from reality.”

Her artistic oeuvre teeters the fine line between realism and caricature. “I like experimenting with the dynamics of character design and architectural drawings. Paper and paint are my go-to media,” she says.

To be an artist means you never stop learning, believes Mahatme, who works with watercolours, acrylics and pencils and does not restrict himself to any surface or medium. “I’m learning the art of digital painting, and on that front I mainly work with Photoshop. I’m also currently trying my hand at video editing,” he says.

Although Matatme recalls being passionate about art as a child, he says that it wasn’t until much later that he decided to pursue it as a career. Today, armed with a bachelor’s degree in Applied Art (Illustration) from Goa College of Art, Altinho, he works as a freelance artist.

Having hosted a number of group exhibitions in the past, the 24-year-old says he has “learnt a bit of the business side of things too”. He adds that the aim of the exhibition is mainly commercial. “As new artists, we need to get our work and our name out there. It’s self-promotion – but I think that’s as good an aim as any,” he says candidly.

For the duo, the art exhibition is an opportunity for them to grow professionally as artists and they are excited to get the recognition. “I’ve participated in exhibitions before in locations across Goa. I want to expand my reach beyond the state, hopefully, soon,” says Mahatme.

There is no theme to the exhibit and each artist promises to bring his and her own unique style. “The best part about art is seeing your ideas take shape on the paper, canvas or screen. Of course, the work usually takes a different turn at some point in the procedure and the final piece is rarely as you pictured it in your mind’s eye – but that’s all part of the fun,” says Mahatme.

There will be a diverse variety of art on display – portraiture, landscapes, semi-abstract paintings, digital paintings, illustrations and more from the artists’ collections.

(‘Eclectics’ will be held at Panache, G-1, Ana’s Prime Residency, Vasco on November 9 and 10, and is open for public viewing from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.)

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