Kalakriti is organising an exhibition of paintings titled 'Bonhomie: Watercolors On Paper'. The exhibition will start on 1st Dec '08 and will go on till 25th Dec '08, and the timings of the exhibition are 11am to 7pm.
Bonhomie is a series of paintings reflecting artistes of the Indian film industry in the 60s & the 70s. The series will see brush strokes of A Rajeswara Rao, on sheets of paper, using water colours. He is an artist who looks into his past and his childhood, and reflects those memories in his paintings. He often gets inspiration for his paintings from society and the people around him. Very receptive to even little nuances concerning the present, he weaves these external resources into an imagery, refraining from any formal narrative, and plays with impulses and the compulsive habit of experimenting with the medium.
Bonhomie was born from the artist's childhood experiences, and shows that he still loves to see old heroes pop up to take shape, making a space for themselves, albeit in a different way. The abandon of crudity, the audacity of crassness, and the novelty of the ‘gaudy’, form the livewire of his work.
Rajeswara Rao was born in Vizianagaram. He completed his BFA from Andhra University, Waltair, in 1983 and his MFA from the Hyderabad Central University, in 1990. He has had many solo exhibitions, some of which were at Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, 1996; Alliance Francaise, Hyderabad, 1996; Gallery Golden Threshold, Hyderabad, 1997; and Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, 1998,1999, 2005.
He has also participated in many group shows, including the Embarkations-Millennium Show, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, and Human Form And Art organized by Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi, 2000; The Human Factor, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, 2001; Surya Art Gallery and Peagasus Art Gallery, Hyderabad,2002; The Deccan Connection, Appa Rao Gallaries, New Delhi, 2002; and XI Triennale, India New Delhi, 2004.
His works are in the collections of Chester and Davida Herkowitz, USA; Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal; UNICEF, Hyderabad; the Wilbeding Collection; CCMB, Hyderabad; and LV Prasad Eye Hospital, Hyderabad, and in many other prestigious private collections. He lives and works in Hyderabad.
He received an award from the Mahakoshal Kala Parishad, MP, the National Scholarship in 1991, the Junior Fellowship from the Government Of India between the years 1993-1995, and from the Camlin Art Foundation, Bangalore.
Entry is free for all. Please contact Bhavna at 6656-4466 for further information.