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Reading Paint

B M Kamath(Manjunath Kamath),Babu Xavier,Binoy varghese,E H Pushkin,Gigi Scaria,K P Reji,Lavanya Mani,Maya Burman,Murali Cheeroth,Pooja Iranna,Prajakta Potnis Ponmany,Shefali Nayan,T M Azis,,,,,
09 Apr 2007 to 12 May 2007


B M Kamath(Manjunath Kamath)


Manjunath Kamath works with iconic fragments. He renders fragments of narratives and various mise-en-scenes. The fragments achieve the status of a symbolism we think we know but nevertheless retain a sense of mystery.
Kamath draws from his experience of everyday life and the titles of his works claim a concern with the momentary. Detailed images of buildings, the artist in front of a canvas, animals, clouds and signs of domestic and urban contexts float across monochrome backgrounds. The blank backgrounds do not suggest the absence of a greater picture. Rather, the fragments function to represent how we perceive and describe the world. In this respect, Kamath moves from an engagement with the local and idiosyncratic to more universal considerations.
Understanding is, of course, linked to intelligibility. Visual imagery, however, offers a curious challenge to the processes of coding and de-coding received information. Unlike language, where one has either learned the codes or not, visual images are not subject to strict definitions. Kamath brings out the essentially enigmatic nature of images and meaning always seems in flux. Looking at his artworks, the fragments that make up his artworks, one can weave and re-weave interpretations. What we think we might know about the world around us always becomes something else.



 
Painting by : B M Kamath(Manjunath Kamath) / Detail Detail
watercolour on paper mounted on acrylic
dimensions variable
installation with video
2008


Id: BMK-02

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Painting by : B M Kamath(Manjunath Kamath) / EYE EYE
watercolour on paper mounted on acrylic
dimensions variable
installation with video
2008


Id: BMK-02

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Painting by : B M Kamath(Manjunath Kamath) / Mosquito Byte Mosquito Byte
watercolour & acrylic on paper
122 x 152 cm(4 x 5 ft)
diptych
2008



Id: BMK-03

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Babu Xavier


Born in Kerala in 1960. Babu Xavier is a self-taught artist. He has held 15 solo exhibitions including two in Basel and Copenhagen. He has participated in the International Triennale of Art, New Delhi in 1986, the Biennale at Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1988 and 1994 and the Centenary Exhibition of the Bombay Arts Society in 1989. Babu Xavier lives and works in Trivandrum.
 
Painting by : Babu Xavier / Goldsmith Goldsmith
40"X40"
2006

Id: BX-05

 
Painting by : Babu Xavier / Emotional Emotional
Acrylic on canvas
24"X24"
2006
Id: BX-04

 
Painting by : Babu Xavier / Missing My Reds Missing My Reds
Acrylic On Canvas
36"X48"
2006
Id: BX-01

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Binoy varghese


Binoy was born in Kerala in 1966 and received his National Diploma in Fine Art from the RLV College of Music and Fine Art at Tripoonithura, Kerala. He received a 1993 Fellowship from the Madhavan Nair Foundation and a scholarship from the Arnawaz- Vasudev Charitable trust from 1994 to 1996. His works are in various collection in India and abroad including the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, India. The artist lives and works in New Delhi .
 
Painting by : Binoy varghese / Untitled Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
2007
Id: BV-02

 
Painting by : Binoy varghese / Untitled Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 36"
2007
Id: BV-01

E H Pushkin


Born in Thiruvananthapuram, Puskin EH took Masters in Painting from the Fine Arts faculty ,M.S. University ,Baroda. Participated in several group shows in India and abroad Conducted two solo shows in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi. Presented his graphics works at the international Environments Summit during its Montreal and Jordan chapters in 1995 and 2000 respectively. He volunteers since the past ten years

with an NGO, rescuing, protecting, and rehabilitating animals from trade, hunting, extinction etc..... and has exhibited paintings and posters for their care and rights.

Currently lives and works in Thiruvananthapuram.


 
Painting by : E H Pushkin / Constructing a World Inside a World Constructing a World Inside a World
Acrylic on Paper
29.5" x 43.3"
2007

Id: PEH-02

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Gigi Scaria


Born in 1973 at Kothanalloor, Kerala, India. Gigi has a M.F.A. (painting) from Jamia Millia University, New Delhi in 1998 and B.F.A. (painting) in 1995 from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram.

He has won many scholarships and awards like Sanskriti award in visual art(2005), Inlaks scholarship(2002) and Scholarship for Visual Arts from the Ministry of Human Resources and Development(1995 to 1997). He has been part of various residency programs like CCA7 (Caribbean Contemporary Arts), Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies(2005), Khoj studios, Kirkee Village,New Delhi(2004) and Cittadellarte, Foundation Pistoletto, Biella, Italy(Unidee 2002).

Gigi has had solo shows at Inter America Space at CCA7, Trinidad called Where are the Amerindians? In 2005, Exhibition of recent works at Art Inc., Shaprjhat, New Delhi(2001) and Exhibition of paintings and sculptures at The Great Art Gallery, New Delhi(1998). Apart from these,Gigi Scaria has been a part of numerous group shows in India and Abroad.


 
Painting by : Gigi Scaria / Site Under Construction Site Under Construction
Acrylic on Paper
30" X 40"
2007
Id: GS-01

 
Painting by : Gigi Scaria / Untitled Untitled
Acrylic on Canvas
48" X 72"
2007
Id: GS-03

 
Painting by : Gigi Scaria / Raise Your Hands Those Who Have Touched Him Raise Your Hands Those Who Have Touched Him
Multichannel Video Installation With Sound
Duration-33 minutes
2007
Id: GS-04

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K P Reji


Reji's paintings exude a matter of fact quality. His use of bold, slightly rounded figuration constructs a naïve style reminiscent of Gauguin. Despite - or perhaps because of - their apparent simplicity, his paintings are enigmatic and the motifs he engenders are difficult to decipher. His work is multifaceted and complex in its analysis of the individual's relationship to his external environment. Often political in inflection, his canvases explore the connection between psychological states of mind and socio-political behavior.

Born in Kerala, Reji completed both B.F.A. and M.F.A in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda. Since then, he has participated in many artist camps, exhibitions and workshops. K.P. Reji currently resides in Baroda.


 
Painting by : K P Reji / Kitchen Garden Kitchen Garden
Dry Pastels on Paper
40" x 28"
2007

Id: RKP-01

Lavanya Mani


Born in 1977, Lavanya Mani studied Painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda (MFA). She has participated in Group Shows in Paris, Hyderabad and Baroda. She lives and works in Baroda

July 2006: KAVA (Kashi Award for Visual Art) Winner


 
Painting by : Lavanya Mani / Story of Painted Curtain Story of Painted Curtain
Dye and Applique on Cotton Fabric
72" x 72"
2001

Id: LM-11

 
Painting by : Lavanya Mani / Story of Painted Curtain Story of Painted Curtain
Watercolour on Paper
12" x 14"
2001

Id: LM-12

Maya Burman


Maya Burman (born 1971) is a contemporary artist of Indian parentage living in France.She works mainly in pen and ink, and watercolor; her paintings are delicate and usually have a strong fantasy element. The striking thing about her paintings is the amount of detail in them. In formal terms Maya Burman's paintings have a tapestry like effect where everything is subordinate to patterning, reminiscent of the French art nouveau tradition. The figures have an archetypal aura about them and their rendering in a clean decisive manner has its sources in Picasso's later classical period, his return after the war into an idyllic land inhabited by healthy and young boys of Athenian ideal. Maya Burman, is the daughter of the well-known painter Sakti Burman. She has had several exhibitions of her work in India, France, and the UK, and won several prizes.Ms. Burman lives in Paris but in her paintings she retires to a land of lyricism and allegory
 
Painting by : Maya Burman / Untitled Untitled
Watercolour on paper
6" x 20"
2006
Id: MB-01

 
Painting by : Maya Burman / Untitled Untitled
watercolour on Paper
6" x 20"
2006
Id: MB-03

Murali Cheeroth


Born in Kerala in 1966, Murali Cheeroth Received BFA and MFA in Painting from Kalabhavana, Santiniketan . Held three solo shows in Ahmedabad, Panchagani and Kashi Art Café, Kochi Respectively. Selected Group Shows:’ Real 2006’,New Delhi, 2006;’Second Coming –Quotable Stencil’, Mumbai,2005; ‘ High Fly My Beloved Birds’, New Delhi, 2005;’Recurrence’, New Delhi,2005;’ Elements New Delhi, 2005;’ Sofia International Biennale’ Bulgaria, 1998;’ National Exhibition’, New Delhi, 1998. His works are in several private collections in Japan, France, Canada, Thailand, Holland and India
 
Painting by : Murali Cheeroth / Untitled Untitled
Watercolour and Ink on
300gsm Paper
20.5" x 19"
Id: MC-03

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Painting by : Murali Cheeroth / Untitled Untitled
Watercolour on
300gsm Paper
16.5" x 14"
Id: MC-04

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Pooja Iranna


Pooja Iranna finished her BFA and MFA in Painting from the College of Art in New Delhi. Her works reflect a meticulous and thorough creative progression. Construction and textures play the most pivotal role. Her works are based on childhood memories and longings, and are exceedingly well planned and detailed. Pooja Iranna's works have been exhibited in acclaimed solo shows. She has participated in many exhibitions, including The Kala Ghoda Art Fest - 2000, and the 41st National Exhibition at the Lalit Kala Academy. She is in private collections in India, New York, Bangkok, and Hong Kong.

In Pooja Iranna's world of art, construction and textures play the most pivotal role, giving form and meaning to her creations. Iranna uses various types of media to create lattice like structures composed of lines and forms that intersect, unite and connect in what almost resembles an architectural blueprint. The grids she builds up over her surfaces are never the same; each one seems independent and different from the other.Through Pooja Iranna's works, we are taught that man-made structures and environments reveal a great deal about ourselves and the relationships we are entwined in. Although some may criticize her work as random and chaotic, it reflects and mirrors the very emotions that make people feel that way. Her pieces are based on childhood memories and longings, and are exceedingly well planned and detailed


 
Painting by : Pooja Iranna / Lean On Lean On
Gouche on Acid Free Paper Diptych
26" x 17"
2007
Id: PI-01

Prajakta Potnis Ponmany


Prajakta Potnis Ponmany born in 1980,has a B.F.A and M.F.A in Painting from Sir J.J School of Arts, Mumbai. Prajakta Potnis Ponmany creates simple and charismatic fantasies out of mundane things from daily life through her paintings.

She has been the recipient of numerous awards and scholarships, including the Cum. Dallas Award from the Arts Society of India, Mumbai (1997), the Camlin Award, Sir J.J School of Arts, Mumbai (2002) and the INLAKS scholarship (2004-2005).

The artist lives and works in Mumbai.

 
    
 
Painting by : Prajakta Potnis Ponmany / Membrane 1 Membrane 1
Acrylic and Dry pastel on paper
34" x 42"
2007
Id: PP-04

Shefali Nayan


Shefali was born in 1975. She completed her M.F.A. in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda in1999. She has had solo exhibitions at the Contemporary Art Gallery, Ahmedabad in 2000,1 &2 and has participated in various exhibitions including group showa at Indian Contemporary Women Artists, Museum Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2005; Huthseeing Visual Art Centre, Ahmedabad, August 2003 and Miniature Format Paintings, Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad, Oct. 2002.

Her  works speak of some moments and some glimpses from life, some beautiful memories and feelings. These moments might not be eventful happenings but significant moments that make life colorful and cheerful and sharpen your sensibility. And that is possible with children or people who see life with a child`s eye. The joy of creating a mud house for a child is as good as making his own house decorated with cloth flags, twigs and flowers!

The pleasant amalgamation of the aesthetics of these moments and the various forms, textures and colors create a fairy tale and a kaleidoscopic world in Shefali`s works. The artist lives and works in Ahmedabad.


 
Painting by : Shefali Nayan / Body Building Body Building
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 30"
2006
Id: SN-15

 
Painting by : Shefali Nayan / Soap Bubbles Soap Bubbles
Acrylic on Canvas
24" x 30"
2007
Id: SN-16

T M Azis


Originally from Kerala, T.M. Azis is known to create human figures interacting with the other elements in a painting. Figures or objects performing as symbols spinning around allegories as conceived by the artist. He creates paintings, which record what might be ordinary, everyday occurrences, contemplated by him. A certain insight into behavioral thought, we realise that there is a world different from what see – the world that exists in our minds. It is interesting to note that there are no decisive tactics, no fixed strategies in his work. Azis allows himself to be influenced by places around him and situations that he encounters.
 
Painting by : T M Azis / Name Not Known Name Not Known
Watercolour on paper
22" x 30"
2006
Id: TMA-13

 
Painting by : T M Azis / Untitled Untitled
8"x11" 1996
Id: TMA-01

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Painting by : T M Azis / Untitled Untitled
8"x11" 1997
Id: TMA-02

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Painting by : T M Azis / Untitled Untitled
8"x11" 1996
Id: TMA-03

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Painting by : T M Azis / Untitled Untitled
8"x11" 1995
Id: TMA-04

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Painting by : T M Azis / untitled untitled
10"x15" 1995
Id: TMA-05

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Painting by : T M Azis / Untitled Untitled
8"x11" 1997
Id: TMA-06

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Painting by : T M Azis / Untitled Untitled
Oil on Canvas
18" x 36"
2004
Id: TMA-12

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Painting by : T M Azis / Untitled Untitled
Watercolour on paper
22" x 30"
2007
Id: TMA-59

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