The more specialized you get in art, the more you need connoisseurs to understand
your work, and this excavation of human feelings by Sham Sundar is going to need
more than a sensibility for aesthetics to appreciate. So are you ready to think?
S Sham Sunder is a teacher at the Sarojini Naidu School of Communications, Performing Arts and Fine Arts. Basically from Bangalore, Sham Sunder completed his post graduation in printmaking from Shantiniketan. In Hyderabad for 10 years now, he is known in the art circuit of the city and outside as an outstanding sculptor, although printmaking and graphics are his forte.
About the Montage
Sham Sunder's discerning feelings make his art something to be experienced. Be it painting or sculpture, he has determined that every material has its own identity, its own texture and colors, that establish its uniqueness. The three-dimensional quality of an object and the monolithic aspect of sculpture get combined in his work to evolve an image in his carved landscapes. These are generally inspired from dilapidated structures such as the Hampi 'mandapas' or the shelters that represent haunting memories of a history that relate the unknown, the unheard and the forgotten.
His paintings are an extension of his sculptures: pointers to the 'chatri' or the 'mandap' kind of structures where sati used to be performed once, and which are today places of worship. In fact, the 'Sammakka - Sarakka' and the 'Devi' sculptures of Sham Sunder have evolved as a consequence of the 'deitification (worship)' of women as local goddesses.
The mask series, part of the display, is again something unique to the artist. It is almost like observing the human face layered with expressions. Working on them was akin to excavating human feelings for Sham Sunder. He has a number of awards to his credit - some of them are the Karnataka State Lalitkala Exhibition Award for the years 1982, 1984 and 1993; the All-India Graphics Award, Chandigarh, 1981 and 1982; the National Print Exhibition Award, Bangalore, 1993; the Karnataka State Lalith Kala Fellowship, 1980-82; and the Human Resource Development Fellowship for Fine Arts, 1995-96. He has given solo and two person shows in various cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Mumbai and Delhi, and also abroad - at Colorado (USA).
Sham Sunder is display his work to the general public in this exhibition of his
paintings and sculpture. Please contact Atiya at 98491-07420/323-7720 for further