K. Muralidharan (b. 1954)
A Diploma and a post-Diploma in Painting from the Govt. College of Arts and
Crafts, Madras (1976 & ‘78), followed by Grants to Stockholm College of Art,
Sweden, 1989 and to Glasgow School, Scotland, 1993 set Muralidharan off on a
journey as a refined surrealist painter.
Indian mythology inspires his work, where he achieves synthesis of mythological
interpretation into simple and straight forms. His paintings are created with mixed
media – acrylic, oil, pencil, crayon, watercolor on various mediums like paper,
canvas and wood.
In his paintings, he tries to view images of Gods and Goddesses with an endearing
innocence. a dreamy childlike innocence. The richness of traditional textile designs,
the vigor of Chola bronzes, the extravagance of lofty Gopurams, the garlanded
coiffeurs of Tamil women, the rounded form of the Tamil alphabet are all a rich
source of his pictorial elements Muralidharan uses strong, rich and pure colors to
develop his chosen ‘mythic’ tale in line and color. Widely exhibited in Mauritius,
Dhaka, Yugoslavia, London, Singapore, Germany, Singapore, los Angeles, Hong
Kong, Sweden and Scotland, he was been awarded the National Award, Lalit Kala
Akademi, New Delhi, 1994 and the State Award, Tamil Nadu Lalit Kala Academy,
Madras, 1979 and 1986.

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