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Brush strokes from East and North-east in Delhi art show

NEW DELHI: In a unique art show, three artists from the north-east and the east have come together to present their works titled, Strokes from the East, in the capital beginning June 28-30. These include Dilip Oinam from Manipur, Sandeep Jigdung from Assam and Deenabandhu Marndi from Orissa.

The two-day group show is presented by Kolorbox, a group of artists engaged in building and promoting a community of artists and popularizing their works, at India Habitat Centre. Entry to the exhibition is free.

The exhibition offers an insight into north-east India as it brings alive the local milieu associated with the places of the artists' birth and growth.

In Oinam's works larger-than-life solitary figures, mostly child, women or a couple, predominantly draw on their innocence or from mythology. "I love to play with a colour palette that primarily comprises earthy, bold red and coppery browns," says Oinam 31, whose multi-layered work has an element of drama. Oinam is a BFA graduate in painting from the Delhi College of Art (DCA).

Assam's Sandeep Jigdung 35, is regarded as a well-known contemporary face of north-east art. Jigdung's works predominantly reflect the experiences of his birthplace. The vivid and dominating greens on his canvas are clearly a tribute to his vision and impression of the region. "My current series characterised by shades of green is a celebration of both nature and human existence", says Jigdung, yet another student of DCA who's been part of many group shows in and around India.

Also showcasing his work is Deenabandhu Marndi from Orissa's government college of arts and craft. Marndi's works elucidate realistic depiction of people and faces, mostly using photo ink. "My work is about the finer nuances of the human condition especially living on the margins," says Marndi 31, whose work is mostly semi-autobiographical.