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KATHMANDU: With the title ‘From USA with Love’, Erina Tamrakar’s paintings are being exhibited at the Red Carpet Gallery, Sherpa Mall, Durbar marg from November 28.

Patricia A Mahoney, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of the United States of America, inaugurated the exhibition where paintings based on Tamrakar’s travel to Chicago and San Francisco in March 2011 are on display.

This exhibition documents her experiences and feelings during her stay abroad.

“This series of my paintings consists of the skyscrapers painted in stark reds or blacks to beautiful pastel hues. The skyscrapers were all that I could see around me where I stayed. The texture of the huge buildings have been created with a knife and also with the back of the brush,” shared Tamrakar.

Many of her works in this series also have human forms and faces done in a surreal fashion, which she said are the huge number of Nepalis, who have gone and stayed in the US.

Tamrakar’s sense of creativity is strictly feminine where you can see simple portrayals of women. And in this new series, which she calls ‘Women power’, Tamrakar’s women have a third eye.

According to the artist, the third eye symbolises a state of enlightenment or the evocation of mental images having deeply personal, spiritual or psychological significance and is associated with visions, clairvoyance, precognition, and out-of-body

experiences.

After the inauguration, Mahoney, expressed, “The paintings are very inspiring. I don’t know how people can put their experiences on canvas.”

Tamrakar, a visual artist and a founder member of Kasthamandap Art Studio, has exhibited in over 60 national and international group shows since 1989 and has already completed over 60 art workshops and art camps in Kathmandu, Tibet, Sikkim, Sri Lanka and in Bhutan.

She was awarded the first position in National Art Exhibition 2005, gold medal in 2008 from Arniko Yuwa Sewa Kosh and was also honoured by Young Achiever’s Award by Today’s Youth Asia in 2011.

The exhibition is on till December 15.

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