in Hyderabad, the artwork exhibition Convergence highlights the work of three technology of artists 

The artwork exhibition Convergence by Sumeela Mody and Asoka Katakam highlights the work of three technology of artists 

The artwork exhibition Convergence by Sumeela Mody and Asoka Katakam highlights the work of three technology of artists 

A father-daughter duo will likely be exhibiting their artworks in Hyderabad, every exploring various methods of artwork. The daughter, Sumeela Mody, will showcase her work which have a definite textural high quality, due to using a palette knife, whereas the daddy, retired architect Asoka Katakam, will likely be displaying his pen and ink drawings and some sculptural works. The duo will likely be paying a tribute to Asoka Katakam’s mom, artist Sushila Jayaram (1926-1990). The present titled Convergence will likely be on view at Gallery 78 from June 10 to 17.

“Artwork has been on the core of plenty of issues we did at dwelling,” Sumeela says, recalling her recollections of shopping via her grandmother’s trunk and discovering artwork provides as a baby. She misplaced her grandmother when she was younger however the artwork she left behind was an inspiration. Sumeela spent her early years within the UK earlier than returning to India and learning at Rishi Valley College and later pursuing greater research in economics and finance: “However the curiosity in artwork by no means pale.”

Straddling a profession in advertising and inside design, she discovered herself veering in direction of artwork over time. “I took up a couple of brief programs and I’m presently coaching with artist Shaun Heffernen. He urged me to attempt one thing new and that’s after I started utilizing the palette knife, which was one of many methods my grandmother had explored. Utilizing the palette knife gave my work a textural high quality; it was as if I had the liberty to sculpt a visible.”

Sumeela’s work in vibrant colors are free-flowing, in distinction to her father Asoka Katakam’s pen and ink drawings in black and white, with only a trace of color, recreating rural existence. “My father’s artwork displays his eye for minute particulars,” notes Sumeela, attributing it to his want for precision as an architect.

(Clockwise) Sushila Jayaram, Asoka Katakam and Sumeela Mody

(Clockwise) Sushila Jayaram, Asoka Katakam and Sumeela Mody
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Convergence started as an effort to showcase Sumeela’s works. “In the previous few years, I sensed an evolution in my work and I used to be able to exhibit my work,” she says. Two of her artworks from her sequence H.U.R.T (Hope, Unity, Resilience and Tolerance) had been displayed early this 12 months as a part of an exhibition organised by the Hyderabad Artwork Group on migration throughout COVID-19 in India. “For Convergence, I used to be eager that my father additionally displayed his work. His work has remained non-public all these years.”

Asoka Katakam remembers his mom Sushila actively pursuing artwork when he was a baby, rising up in the UK. “My mom showcased her work in China and Egypt, amongst different nations. I can see the similarities between my mom’s and my daughter’s work, each utilizing the palette knife.” 

For those who attempt to lookup Sushila Jayaram on-line, you might be more likely to hit a lifeless finish since her work just isn’t documented within the public area. Sumeela factors out how among the veteran artists in Hyderabad recall her grandmother’s work: “Artist Laxma Goud fondly remembered her work and the way she had helped him within the preliminary phases of his artwork journey.”

Sushila Jayaram grew up in Madras Presidency of pre-independence India and later moved to Delhi and the UK. Her creative journey noticed her exploring oil work, palette knife method and watercolour work.  

A pen and ink drawing by Asoka Katakam, exploring a rural theme

A pen and ink drawing by Asoka Katakam, exploring a rural theme
| Photograph Credit score: Particular Association

Sumeela attributes her curiosity in artwork to each her father and grandmother: “My grandmother’s creative expressions, my father’s design sensibilities and my mom Sabrina’s expertise in sugar crafting — all this contributed to me discovering my creative voice.”

(Convergence opens on June 10 at Gallery 78, Hyderabad, and will likely be on view until June 17)

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