It is a proud moment for artist K.L. Leon, who has been named as one of the three artists selected for the residency programme of the Kochi Muziris Biennale. The other two are from Germany and the US.
“It is a golden opportunity to explore one’s potential as an artist,” says Leon.
He explains, “An advantage of this programme is that you will be provided with a studio. The large space and the difference in atmosphere is bound to trigger creativity. It will be an experimental kind of work.”
Leon continues, “My focus will be drawing and painting. The theme for the residency programme will also be a something related to these. In fact, it is a big positive that I get to do an experimental work rather than a routine painting.”
Leon likes to work with earthy elements and organic forms and his paintings are dominated by brown and green colours. He has worked with many a medium including soft pastels, oil and acrylic. “My recent work Specimen features the major elements of earth like water and land.”
He doesn’t believe in any sharp distinction between contemporary art and traditional art. “There is no such thing called contemporary or traditional. Anything that is related to the present condition of human life contributes to art. The basic values that he learns throughout his life will be reflected in his art.”