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Celebrating the Masters

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | PALAK DUBEY
Published Aug 29, 2018, 3:17 am IST
Updated Aug 29, 2018, 3:17 am IST
The works of great artists such as Laxma Goud, T. Vaikuntham, Ram Kumar and K.G. Subramanyan on display at Gallery Space.
The unpretentious attitudes and stances of the rural folk comes alive in Laxma Goud’s artworks
 The unpretentious attitudes and stances of the rural folk comes alive in Laxma Goud’s artworks

When the works of equally eminent artists are clubbed together, the experience becomes quite fulfilling for art lovers and enthusiasts, who get a chance to explore the diversity of forms and expressions in distinctly marked personalised languages. 

An art show presently underway at Gallery Space titled Innovational, Inspirational, Influential The Four Icons of Indian Art, subsumes excerpts from four iconic artists’ monumental artistic oeuvre. 

 

K.G. Subramanyan’s artwork Woman with diya and Artist Ram Kumar and his  artwork of oil on canvasK.G. Subramanyan’s artwork Woman with diya and Artist Ram Kumar and his artwork of oil on canvas

Artists K.G. Subramanyan and Ram Kumar are both no more, but the vast array of works left behind by them are a solace to art lovers. While the abstract delineations by Ram Kumar exemplify vast expanses, the works of K.G. Subramanyan are representational. Ram Kumar’s paintings contain bold juxtapositions of colour and textural compilations recreating varied natural terrains and converted into a string of visual experiences by the artist onto his medium of expression. On the other hand, K.G. Subramanyan’s unsurpassable draftsmanship gets reinstated through the exhibited series of energetic drawings on paper with water colours and ink. These drawings are very simplified, linear and in abbreviated versions and yet, they are precise depictions of people and other elements from his surroundings. Apart from being an extraordinary artist, K.G. Subramanyan is also remembered as an art historian and teacher.

Laxma Goud and T. Vaikuntham’s artwork brings forth the anecdotes from rural life in a  stylistically rich manner visualised with the flamboyant colour paletteLaxma Goud and T. Vaikuntham’s artwork brings forth the anecdotes from rural life in a stylistically rich manner visualised with the flamboyant colour palette

A prominent aspect of the show is that it contains works by two very eminent and senior artists from the city, Laxma Goud and T. Vaikuntham. 

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A versatile artist, Laxma Goud has worked in varied media with equal fluency and strength from printmaking to glass painting, drawing, pastels and sculptures in terracotta, ceramics and bronze. A series of etching prints on display in the show manifest the artist’s flawless proficiency and finesse in handling the medium. Excerpts absorbed from rural Telangana form the core of these works. The unpretentious attitudes and stances of the rural folk along with the surrounding flora and fauna get reinstated in all their simplicity and natural grace.

Equally mesmerising are the works of T. Vaikuntham, which also bring forth the anecdotes from rural life in a stylistically rich manner. The lyrical and sweeping ‘line’ defines the figures in a simplified manner. Inclusion of multiple geometrical lines and patterns enlivens the picture surface while the flamboyant colour palette exudes the ethos and spirit of rural life.

Summing up the concept of the show, director of the gallery, Hanumanth Rao shares, “I am ecstatic about showcasing the exquisite works from the gallery’s collection to the local art enthusiasts and appreciators. The title has also been picked up from the artists’ expression in their paintings and their stylisations.” 

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