Faces and Colours of Life

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 31 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 January, 2008, 12:00am

Feb 5 to Mar 1, Culture Club

In her first solo exhibition, Janet Pancho Gupta showcases her appreciation of nature's beauty. In Faces and Colours of Life, the painter displays a talent for realism, depicting birds, animals and people with vibrant colours and piercing intensity.

'I depict what I can see directly and focus on portraits. I try to bring life to my drawings in faces and expressions in the eyes,' says the artist.

Showing her versatility, Pancho Gupta displays 16 drawings and paintings in graphite, coloured pencils, pastels and watercolours.

Pancho Gupta's inspiration comes from nature. 'Nowadays, people don't appreciate the beauty that surrounds us. I feel privileged to take one corner of that and capture it in a painting, from a tiger to a flower,' says the artist, who has lived in Hong Kong since 2000.

In Absolute Beauty, a parrot preening its feathers is depicted in rich aquamarine and orange-red hues: 'I exaggerate the intensity of their colours, which expresses my appreciation for a bird's beauty.'

The Landscape Fiery Sunset shows the black silhouette of tall weeds and bare trees against a fiery collage of reds, yellows and purples. The image was inspired by a landscape photo of the Australian outback, where a fire was raging. 'The photograph reminded me of the Philippines, where we burn sugarcane, and how beautiful it can be at sunset.'

Mon-Thurs, 1.30pm-11pm, Fri-Sat, 1.30pm-12.30am, Culture Club, 15 Elgin Street (Lower), Central. Inquiries: www.artpancho.com or 9103 5017