He has painted the Gods, as well as painted for the Gods. There must be a reason he was chosen, and here's where you find out why.
Kerala-based mural artist P K Sadaanandan is exhibiting his latest collection of 25 paintings, from 25th September to 9th October, at the Alankritha Art Gallery. Titled 'Chromatic Rhapsody', these colourful paintings epict flamboyant and intricate natural and figurative forms.
The details in his paintings resemble the delicate filigree work of our traditional jewellers. Nature is the central theme of these paintings, and aspects like mythology, feminism and beauty are secondary. The voluptuous figures in Kerala murals and the slender anatomy of Ajanta, Ellora, Chola and Lepakshi wall paintings are fused together to give a feeling of buoyancy for the female forms. His devotion to the Gods can be seen some paintings of Hanuman, Ram and Gita Govind.
Sadaanandan started his first lessons in paintings when he secured a seat in the Gurvayoor Devaswom Mural Institute, where he studied under the tutorship of Mummiyoor Krishnankutti Nair, in 1989. Between 1993 and 1998, he participated in several shows in metros like Delhi, Bombay and Calcutta, and also in Sri Lanka.
He was engaged for the restoration and renovation of the ancient mural works at the Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple. It was at this time he was exposed to cotemporary art at the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum. His style then underwent a change, as he reconciled modern technique with traditional themes.
In November 2001, Sanjana Kapoor invited him to exhibit at Prithvi in Mumbai. The following years saw him exhibit at the Cymroza, Mumbai; Right-Lines Art Gallery, Bangalore; Gallerie Ganesha, Delhi; Lalit Kala Academy in Kerala & Chennai; and Casadela, Spain.
Please contact 2311-3709 / 4020-7171 for further details.