Current DisplayLedyard Gallery:
Priest in Temple by Viju Padmanabhan
"Varna" (Color): an exhibit of oil paintings by
Saturday, March 29 through Wednesday, April 23
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 29 from 2-4pm
Artist Viju Padmanabhan writes:
India, my birthplace, is a land filled with color and beauty. Bright colors are everywhere – in the vivid pinks, blues, and yellows of people’s clothes; in the blazing murals adorning the walls of a home; in flowers sold in the markets; and in the colors that people spread on each other during the spring festival of holi. During long New England winters I yearn to be immersed in this riot of color. As a child I was a compulsive doodler- every inch of space in my school notebooks was covered with pencil and pen sketches. My family encouraged my interest by buying me numerous art books, and by taking me to art museums across the world.
Color is my motivation and is the essence of all my subjects: the red and orange silk costume worn by the dancers on a stage, the folds of a blue saree worn by a mother holding her infant, or the billowing white dhoti worn by a temple priest. While most people look for light, I look for shadows and for contrasts. Once I decide on the subject I plunge into the sheer joy of choosing and mixing colors, discovering new colors and filling up a blank canvas.
My art is inspired by colors of India, the New England fall, the trees in my back yard, and my two girls. I hope you enjoy my work and the way I see this world.
Display Cases in April:
Cafe Area Case: Damaged items returned to Howe Library.
Teen Area Case: Legos at the Library: creations.
Ledyard Gallery in May: the Senior Art Show