V. Viswanathan (b. 1940)

A 1960 diploma-holder from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai,his early work was figurative. He later evolved to experiment with abstract andgeometric forms. Inspired by geometrical ritualistic-magical diagrams of his nativeKerala, he explored the visual language inherent in them with a gradual evolutionof form and color.Viswanadhan draws with a particularly arresting technique. The outline is drawnwith thick stamping ink, and then oil paint is applied with a brush and the workwashed with turpentine. The transparent and thin paint reveals the geometricforms. He lives and works in Paris now.He has exhibited, among other shows, at ‘Besides Paris’, Birla Academy of Art andCulture, Kolkata, 2010; ‘Manifestations III’, Delhi; India Moderna, Institute Valenciad’Art Modern, Centro Julio Gonzalez, Spain 2008-09; Gallierie Espace, NGMA,Jehangir Art Gallery, Tao Art Gallery; Viswanadhan: Early Years, Delhi Art Gallery,New Delhi, 2008; 2006, 04, 02, 2000, 1996, 93, 89, 82 Galerie Darthea Speyer, Paris;as well as several solo shows.Viswanadhan was awarded France’s highest civilian award, Chevalier des Arts etLetters in 2005; Premio Lubiam for Painting, Italy, 1978; Pris de la Peinture, FestivalInternational, Menton, 1972; Nationa/ State Awards for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi,New Delhi, Kerala and Tamil Nadu 1968 and 1963.


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