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Canvassing love

art and culture Updated: Feb 12, 2010 02:10 IST
Damini Purkayastha
Damini Purkayastha
Hindustan Times
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Floating hearts, vases full of flowers, and couples captured in intimate moments — artist Ludmilla Chakrabarty celebrates the magic of love with oils and acrylic on canvas. Her exhibition, Will You Be My Valentine?, opens in the Capital today.

Born and brought up in Russia, Chakrabarty has been based in India for the last 12 years. About her choice of subject, she says, “It’s a very special day; it’s all about romance. The day gives you a nice excuse to say that you love someone or that you feel something is going on. It’s a happy day,” she says.

Going against the trend of metaphoric and often pessimistic paintings, Chakrabarty says hers is “happy art”. “I have used bright colours throughout the collection. The artworks have romantic scenes; it’s something you can use to decorate your interiors without going deep into the thought. I hope it strikes others as happy, too,” she says.

Chakrabarty, who began work on the paintings six months ago, says once she started painting romantic scenes, it clicked that Valentine’s Day would be the best occasion to put them up on exhibit. About her own V-Day plans, she says, “A romantic dinner with my husband and maybe I’ll get a gift from him, I don’t know.”

The exhibition opens today at The Art Lounge, The Claridges, Surajkund, Faridabad and is on till February 21.