Lingachary Munuswamy (b. 1927)

With a Government College of Arts and Crafts diploma from Madras in 1953,Munuswamy has won the 1956-57 Government of India Scholarship for researchin painting, the 1968 National Award from Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi and the1976 Tamil Nadu State Lalit Kala Akademi Award, Madras.A stalwart within the Madras Group in the 1960s and an educator at the Collegeof Arts and Crafts, Madras, Munuswamy remains the most enigmatic of all. Theabstractions that he created had an international character, particularly his affinityto Abstract Expressionism that manifested in his language. He maintains thecredence of semblance-dissemblance, premised upon his manipulation of line andcolour juxtaposed with primeval expressions. He gradually arrived at a pictoriallanguage devoid of angles and straight lines. In his art, Munuswamy played out thedeviant possibilities of line, space and colour to arrive at unusual results. Oftenusing his colours to pitch opacity against transparency, he aimed at enhancing theluminous quality of his hues and tones. His melting colours and languorous linesplayfully meander to transpose reality, turning almost iconoclastic to efface thedrawn and definite figure with a drifting contour or at times chasing a shiftinggaze.


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