Monday, March 14, 2011

Pencil Artist Ranjini Venkatachari Earns Artist of Distinction

Pencil Artist Ranjini Venkatachari has two pieces that were selected for Still Point Art Gallery's current show, Still Life: Ordinary and Extraordinary. These two pieces are without doubt extraordinary, and they earned Venkatachari the honor of being named an Artist of Distinction. What first drew me to Venkatachari's work were the bold colors...pure colors...vivid tones. The colors are loud but not offensive...striking but not distasteful...intense and vibrant but also wonderfully innocent and moving. Then the design. Primary Colors Simple crumpled scraps of paper in primary colors hung with strips of blue tape. Colored pencils casually scattered on a surface...again, primary colors. More pencils in a clear glass...more primary colors. All set against a neutral beige background. The whole thing pops. Simple. Brilliant. Compliments Red and green. Perfect combination. Another scrap of crumpled paper taped to the wall. A perfect circle missing from that paper forms a hole. Two circles on the shelf. One is the green paper cut from the scrap. The other is a red apple. The viewer faces a decision. Which one shall I put into the hole? 

Primary Colors
A few words from the artist about these pieces:

"Primary Colors" and "Compliments" are part of my abstract-realism series using objects and crumpled paper. This series of works are composed with bold colors set against simple backgrounds exploring the idea of abstraction within reality. Here, I wanted to share with the viewer how light, color, and temperature create a unique visual rhythm setting a dynamic mood for this piece.

Venkatachari was born and raised in southern India. Art has been her passion for as long as she can remember. As a child her favorite drawing tools were her pencils. The vivid colors of southern India were her first inspiration in the world of art. Venkatachari completed her bachelor's degree in mathematics, but was also making art, working in graphite and using ethnic Indian painting techniques. She picked up colored pencils in 2005 when she moved to the United States after her marriage. She chose pencils because of their versatility and because they satisfied her craving for doing simple drawings as well as fully saturated pieces with lots of detail.Since then pencils have been her primary medium. Inspired by simple everyday objects, she embodies her work with a variety of moods by using expressive color and dramatic lighting. She prefers to work in a realistic style, but likes her art to be a passionate interpretation of the world around her rather than a replication of what she sees.

Venkatachari has had her works displayed in many national and international shows across the United States, like the Salmagundi Annual Non-Member Exhibition, Leading Masters of Contemporary Realism (International Guild of Realism) and the Annual International Juried Show of Colored Pencil Society of America. She has received awards is several regional and online shows. Her works have also been published in American Artist, International Artist and Southwest Arts.

Primary Colors. 24 x 18 inches. Colored pencil. $2000.
Compliments. 11 x 14 inches. Colored pencil. $800.

Still Point Art Gallery
March 14, 2011

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