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Hands on canvas

Artist Prabhakara’s latest exhibition addresses subjects through a delightful show of hands. Read on to know more.

art and culture Updated: Jan 04, 2011 15:16 IST
Shweta Mehta

If eyes are the windows to the soul, then hands are their medium of expression. Artist Prabhakara K is one who has always been enthralled by this notion. His latest exhibition, Expressions, which is currently on display in the city, is all about hands. “A large number of people consider eyes to be the most beautiful and expressive part of the human body. But hands are capable of far more effective expression. Also, hand movements can be understood by everyone,” he says.

Prabhakara, who served in the Indian Air Force for over two decades, has drawn plenty of knowledge from his various experiences on the job – traveling across the country and interacting with people belonging to various contrasting cultures. Crediting his career in the forces, he says, “It really helped me develop my thought process and I started seeing things in a different light. I had a very small idea and a fairly simple point that I started off with. Then, when I began working on it, I came across so many people that I could portray, so many situation that I could depict.”

Mother TeresaTalking about some of the paintings in his exhibition, Prabhakara says, "There is one of Mother Teresa that I really like. She is someone who has really impressed me. Her body is really frail and delicate, but if you notice her hands, they are quite worn out. Even Gandhi’s hands are depicted similarly."

Referring to another of his works, titled Rat Race, he explains, “The idea for this one came when I went to Bangalore and first encountered the modern, corporate world, where people are so willing to bring each other down.” With practically no background in art, Prabhakara is not professionally trained, but is following his dream nonetheless.

Expressions is his third exhibit, and he speaks enthusiastically about his future works. “My next one will focus on my childhood memories. Also in the pipeline is an exhibition that will be inspired by my career in the Air Force,” he adds.