The Kalahita Art Foundation is organising Vrishabha-1, an exhibition of paintings by the talented artist Rayana Giridhar Gowd, from 28th December to 17th January. Vrishabha is a series of 97 classic paintings on the Sacred Indian Bull, and Giridhar is exhibiting 85 of them at the gallery.
The series of Vrishabha has been influenced by the annual Ongole Bull Power Competitions being held at Atukuru village of Krishna district. Here the bull is highly respected and honored, unlike in other places where it is provoked. The cow, bull and the calf occupy a special status in the Indian culture. People take special care in tending them, and the milk and other products are considered sacred and are offered to the gods.
Giridhar has found inspiration in this animal, and has divided his works into two parts, Vrishabha-1 and Vrishabha-2. He has successfully completed the first series, and is exhibiting it at the art gallery. He expects to complete the second series during the coming year.
Vrishabha-1 comprises of the form, action, beauty, strength and movement of the animal, while Vrishabha-2 consists of the honor, adoration and piety that the cow enjoys in our culture, epics, mythology and Puranas. He plans to execute these in the miniature style of painting.
Giridhar is known for his miniature paintings and gesso-work drawings. These drawings are unique in the sense that these are not done with pencils or pens as per the prevalent practice, but with hairline brush strokes which requires painstaking concentration. Giridhar is probably the only person in the country who practices this art form.
Giridhar is a BFA from the Chama Rajendra Academy of Visual Arts, Mysore University. He also has technical training in mural paintings, Jaipur frescos, Italian frescos and Tempera techniques from Banasthal Vidyapeeth, Tonk, and a Post-Graduate degree in Fine Arts from M S University, Baroda. He was part of the making a historical documentary (a video film), Kanaka Darshanam, for Janapada And Yakshagana Academy, Bangalore.
Gowd has also exhibited his art in various solo exhibitions at the Sakshi Gallery in Chennai, Bangalore and Mumbai, the Alliance Francaise of Hyderabad, and the Kalahitha Art Foundation, besides at group shows at the Cymroza Art Gallery in Mumbai, the Sakshi Gallery in Bangalore and Mumbai, the Sri Dharani Gallery in New Delhi, and the Air Gallery of London, as also at New York, Yangoon and Sri Lanka.
He has been awarded by the Lalitha Kala Kendram, Bapatla, in 1986, and the Department of Fine Arts, Mysore, in 1989; and with the Telugu University Scholarship for an M A in Fine Arts in 1991, and the Kanoria Centre For Arts Fellowship, Ahmedabad, in 1992.
Please contact the venue at 2335-0543 for further details.