S. G. Vasudev (1941)

A 1966 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government School of Arts and Crafts, Chennailaunched Vasudev on his art career. He started off with a One man show, BritishCouncil, Chennai and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1967.He has directed art for award-winning films Samskara and Vamsavriksha, designedmasks for a production of Hayavadana, written by Girish Karnad, a series of linedrawings inspired by the poems of A.K. Ramanujan. He developed an interest inIndian myths and legends, which started appearing in my work. The idea of Vriksha,the Tree of Life, became central to Vasudev’s artistic vision. In the 80s he developedhis own “Tree of Life”, symbolizing sexuality, fertility, procreation, as well as ourlinks with our past, and the future.Vasudev discovered the joy of surface decoration in his metal works. It influencedhis large oil paintings too. The rounded Southern scripts started appearing inVasudev’s curling artistic vocabulary. He also plays with the line and makes it hisown. More recently, the centrality of his subject matter, the tree or floating body,or head, is now abandoned for a more free flowing composition.He was the ICCR delegate to China. He has also compiled the ‘New South’ groupshow, London, UK. He was the State Dept invitee, USA and French Governmentinvitee and has also travelled to Germany for various art exhibitions. He hasconducted many one man shows at Germany, London, Chennai and Bengaluru; andwon the National Award, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and Karnataka RajyotsavaAward, Bangalore, among many others.He lives and works at Cholamandal Artists Village, Chennai.

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