Venvi Art Gallery is pleased to present “Texture in Colors,” a new series of abstract acrylics on canvas by local artist Brinda Pamulapati, on view April 6 – May 12. According to Pamulapati, the paintings seek to translate on to canvas the “light and dark shades in nature” through unique textures and varying values of color. Painting with her “gut feelings,” which have developed over the years, she chooses colors and textures “spontaneously.”

Pamulapati builds texture in her compositions using a process of underpainting and strategic layering of acrylic paints. Variations in hue fascinate her, she says, because of their capacity to create emotional depth and, as if through “magic,” make a two dimensional object appear three dimensional and vice versa. The paintings in this collection are characterized by dramatic contrasts, like the painting Galaxy (2014), whose sculptural texture seems to emerge elliptically from the center of the flat canvas, its universe of bold red and orange accented with flecks of cool blue and green. Angels Hug (2018) has a more organic composition. Its bright shades of pink and green grow like vines over a tinted dusty pink background. The juxtaposition of light and dark shades gives the impression of the satisfying contrasts of spring.

Wanting the shapes and textures of her paintings to be distinct from anything visible in nature, Pamulapati seeks to move beyond the world of appearances to express and evoke emotion. She sees the vibrant colors that distinguish her paintings as therapeutic – as a means to create a “cheerful and happy atmosphere” that elevates the viewer’s mood. She seeks to “surprise the viewers,” who, she hopes, will walk away from the paintings feeling “happy, astounded, motivated, or inspired.”  

Originally from India, Pamulapati has lived in Tallahassee for close to 20 years. She attributes her love of brilliant colors to her cultural heritage, and her appreciation of abstraction to her mentor, Jacob Pichhadze. She studied under the supervision of the world-renowned artist in Toronto, a period she describes as a “watershed experience.” Though she had begun as a more traditional and representational artist, Pichhadze encouraged her to be authentic in her style and taught her new technical skills with which to express herself. She has taken to heart Pichhadze’s statement that, “In abstract art, all art movements and theories of visual arts lose their meaning as the imagination of the human being overpowers everything else,” and she takes delight in that unrestrained “freedom to create.”

This exhibit will be Pamulapati’s first solo show. Her art has previously appeared in group shows and exhibitions in Jacksonville, Tallahassee and Toronto, and she has works in the permanent collection at Tallahassee City Hall and Yazi Gallery. The Venvi Gallery is located at 2901 E. Park Ave. Information about the gallery, directions and upcoming shows can be found at https://www.venviartgallery.com/ or by calling 322-0965.

This story is published in Chronicle, a reader-submitted insert of the Tallahassee Democrat. 

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