Gestural Abstraction Curated by Prabhakar Krishnan, SAFIONThe constellation of artists in this show includes K. M. Adimoolam – L. Munuswamy -Viswanadhan – Akkitham Narayanan – Achuthan Kudallur – P. Gopinath – Thota Tharani – A. Viswam -R. M. Palaniappan. They have played a role in changing in the face of the contemporary Indian Art throughtheir compelling vision of Indian modernity. Abstraction as practiced by Indian artists and particularlythese artists belonging to the Madras Art Movement are different in its character, color structuration,linear rhythm, patterns, forms, gestures, calligraphy and appeal.L. Munuswamy, his sensitivity and insight enabled him to invent a new language, which wasmodern & expressive, In his art, Munuswamy played out the deviant possibilities of line, space andcolour to arrive at unusual results. Often using his colours to pitch opacity against transparency, heaimed at enhancing the luminous quality of his hues and tonesLate. K. M. Adimoolam’s abstractionism created illusions of nature, its surfaces and spaces,advancing and receding, rendered in spontaneous flow of colors. Rather than seeing nature from arealistic perspective, as a land or seascape, with a horizon or in detail close up, Adimoolam sought tointerpret the essence of nature in its totality by passing through it ‘in planes of colours’.Akkitham Narayanan paintings are geometric configurations of abstract forms. With apredisposition towards the purity of geometry, he creates a fusion of Indian tantrik and Europeangeometric art. The forms and colors in his works are reminicent of the chanting of a hymn.V. Viswanadhan, Though his early work is figurative, he evolved to experiment with abstractand geometric forms. He feeds on the sources of two cultures: western and Indian. He has beendiscovering innovative styles with watercolors, oils , colors painted in overlapping layers, rectangularforms and the resulting alchemy creates subtle shadings of light and shadow, movement and contraston his abstracts.Achuthan Kudallur, a significant abstractionist with an identity and language brings to his worksvibrancy and richness of his personal experiences translated through evocative lines, meticulously withdistilled essence of colors, consciously fragmented and rearranged in a range of hues and tones.P. Gopinath conceptualized his abstract imagery embodying cultural premises of the region andhe delights in the use of free flowing forms, the human imagery remains subtle and underplayed, integralto his compositions. The simple powerful lines, the stylized imagery and abundance of bright expressivecolors give strength to his composition.Thota Tharani, a brilliant colorist, colors on canvas spring with gay abandon through the multihuedborders holding them in, as if seeking to intermingle in free-spirited exultation. The translation andtransformation of an abstraction as music to a visual language that is equally abstract marks him for hispoetic, elegiac, sensitive and calibrated fluidity.A. Viswam fleshes out many Aspects of nature, by applying color directly on the canvas whichhe considers palette, in sweeping vertical, diagonal strokes of brush and merging, highlighting them toobtain new colors and forms.R. M. Palaniappan with his visual language in conjunction with print making medium extendedthe possibilities of printmaking. Exploring realms of time and space through physical and psychologicalexperiences of lines and forms, he created prints, drawings and paintings any constraints of medium orgeographical confines.


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