Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Chandranandan's Art Exhibition.

Went to the inaugeration of the painting exhibition of Chandranandan at museum art gallery.Here are a few of his acrylic paintings.The show was inaugerated by the Leader of Opposition in Kerala legislature Mr Ooman Chandi.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Saturday, August 25, 2007


Done in water colors and Lumograph. This is a muslim girl of malabar with her girl child waiting for her arab 'mapila'. There are many unfortunate girls like her among this community-forced to marry old,arabs who come down to Kerala coast to do bussiness or just for fun.The poor girls who are not even literate have no other way to live but'marry' these men -their own mothers being women who were divorced or widowed and living in utter poverty. These poor girls are married off and abandoned like their own mothers to live once again their mothers lives!

Sunday, August 12, 2007

Saturday, August 11, 2007

"representations"by Triva Contemporary.

Went to see an exhibition of works by some
'Indian contemporary artists' at Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan ,Trivandrum named'representation' by Triva Contemporaray -a new initiative in art field at Trivandrum started by Walter,Krishnan and Balachandran.
A good effort I must say.
Here are some snap shots from the gallery.
The works here are by
Santosh TV
Babu Xavier
Bose Krishnamachari
Rajan krishnan
Sosa Joseph

Thursday, August 02, 2007

"Le Kozhi"

(1)Joan Miro's "Le Coq' struting about .
(2) My kozhi.Done today.Watercolors.

Wednesday, August 01, 2007


3 1. 2 (1)The instalation by famous contemporary artist Racheal Whiteread. (2)One of Rajeev's photographs which he took at Mumbai --clean lines and play of light and shade -really good. (3)a recent crayons on paper by me .

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Back to Hearth

Two women of fishing community of Trivandrum, walking back home after selling the days catch of their husbands. Done today,crayons,pen ,diluted oil colors.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Sparkling nights ,here and there and everywhere :-)

When Rajeev,my son showed these photographs (2 and 3) which he had shot at Mumbai ,I was reminded of the picture of a painting I saw some time back.I have added that painting "Nocturne in Black and Gold The falling Rocket" by James Abbot McNeill Whistler,the American artist(1872-77) of the fireworks he saw in London.
Rajeev's photos are two views of the 'deepavali glitter' reflected in the open gutter. :-).Both look lovely.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

God of Wisdom.

This little Ganesha did learn a trick or two from his father
Nataraja. :-)
'Gana' means -'of the multitudes'. As the name denotes Ganapathy is the most popular of the Hindu deities -invoked before starting any important social ceremony or official function.His help is saught for the unhindered progress in life and everything we do.
May Ganesha be with us always. :-).

Thursday, July 12, 2007


On the TV again talking about my works.


Here is a painting in oil .Done ten years back :) . Everyday hundreds of cattle are brought from Tamil Naadu into Kerala for slaughtering.They are most cruelly treated and made to walk the whole distance most of the time. I wished some of them atleast could escape. An 'escapist' dream :( .

Sunday, June 24, 2007

Rains again.

This is a painting done today inspired by the continuous rains we have been having for the past couple of days.Done on paper oil colours and pen Here we have the group watching Venu painting at the workshop.:)

Monday, June 18, 2007

The one day camp-'rain drops.'

Took part in the one day artists camp at 'Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan.Here are some photos taken on the day . Sangeetha Unnithan interviews Mathew . Varghese Punalur The beautifully painted' Thumba Poov' by Varghese Punalur. Notice the rain drops? :) Link to an article on the camp in Indian Express is given here.http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEO20070618012455&Page=O&Title=Thiruvananthapuram&Topic=0&

Saturday, June 09, 2007

My Sita

Here is a painting done in 1975 by me.

I had 'Sita' in mind when I painted this.

What is outstanding about Sita is her all-round strength.She proved herself many times stronger than her husband.That is what I felt as I started on this work.

Pushed beyond endurance, persevering in the face demeaning insensitivity from the people who should have been her source of strength.She has all the qualities of "mother".She came from 'lap of the earth'. I feel she must be the 'mother earth' the ecologists talk so much about now :).

I have used angular lines and cubist technics to give a feel of strength to the figure.

Monday, June 04, 2007

The birth of Kaali in a column of flame.

This is a pencil drawing done by me today.
Tried to imagine how 'the birth of Kaali ' would be .:)
Kaali is one of the ancient deities of India particularly East and South India.
I have a temple dedicated to this Godess right next door to my home.
If Parvathy or Gowri the consort of Siva is a motherly figure,giver of boons and personification of beauty, kaali who is another form of hers is 'terrible and fearsome,naked-with matted hair and skin colored black ,adorns herself with skulls and body parts of the people she slayed and is blood thirsty.Could you have a more gruesome picture?
Legend has it that Kaali was created by Parvathy from her forehead when her son Skanda who was engaged in a terrible battle with a demon Rakthabheeja, sought her help .
Rakthabeeja could not be slayed for if his blood droped to the ground it would turn into another demon.---a new demon from each droplet.So Kaali drank up all the blood that was split as she slayed him and became so intoxicated with all the blood she drank that she ran amuck killing and destroying everything in her way.
So to bring her to her senses Siva ,her husband pretended to be dead and lay on her path .When her feet collided on the 'body' of Siva she regained her equilibrium .
Another story has Siva challenging Kaali to a dance with him and and who ever wins will give in to the other.So we have both of them dancing and Siva lifting up his left leg I think, to adjust his ear ornaments while dancing and Kaali not being able to match that move accepts defeat.:).
So here we have my work in pencil-

A post (Write up ) that appeared in relation to my show 'Where the green grass grows'. I had forgotten to save in the blog.

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