There are 23 paintings here that may all look alike at first glance. If you can differentiate, you deserve to buy them.
Lakshana Art Gallery is organising an exhibition of abstract paintings by A Viswam, from 9th to 18th December. A collection of about 23 oil paintings done finely on canvas, are in exhibition at the gallery.
The paintings are mostly landscape, but they may all look alike at first glance. But randomly, as you go viewing from one painting to another, there is a sense of feeling that you are taken on a roller-coaster in an unchartered, unmapped terrain of undulating expanse of land. The frame of his canvas serves no boundary to his paintings. The paintings are done with abnormal simplicity, but it creates an alarming variety of hues.
Viswam was born on 26th January, 1950, in Keelavannam, Ariyalur Dist, Tamilnadu. He obtained his Diploma in Painting from the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam, in 1974, and Post-Diploma in Painting from the Government College of Arts & Crafts, Madras, in 1978. He has been the founder-member of the Pallava Artists Village, Padappai, and a member of Contemporary Painters & Writers Association, Salem.
He has held many exhibitions during 1979-2005, at Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. He also participated in various group shows held during 1983-2005 at Chennai, Bangalore, Salem, Mahe, Tiruchi, Mumbai, Singapore, Austin, Texas and Edinburgh.
Viswam has received numerous honors, which include the 1995 National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademy, New Delhi; the 1992 State Award from the Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Akademy, Madras; the 1992 Regional Award from the Lalit Kala Akademy, Regional Centre, Madras; the 1997 All-India Fine Arts & Crafts Society Award for the 50th Year of Art in Independent India at Chennai; and the 2000-2002 Awarded Senior Fellowship Human Resources, Department of Culture, New Delhi.
For further details, please contact the gallery at 2337-8033.