P. Perumal (b. 1935)
Perumal graduated in Fine Arts (Advanced Painting), from Govt. College of Arts
and Crafts, Chennai in 1957. He later taught at the same college, 1973-88.
Perumal paints with oil on canvas with expressive brush strokes and knife. He also
creates sculptures in terracotta, bronze and drawings with charcoal and ink on
paper and canvas. His childhood memories of rural life – the landscape, multifaceted
Indian village, divinity, fairs, festivals, folk songs, dances, rituals, ceremonies, exciting
rural sports – “All these have served as oxygen to my art”.
The plain and pensive paintings evoke our sympathy and concern for the
underprivileged on the fringe of society. Full of linear motifs, the figures are lean
and lanky with sloping shoulders and elongated limbs. The colors are dark, somber
and mute in keeping with the themes.
His shows include his solo shows at Lalit Kala galleries, Chennai, in 1982,92,2007;
the 34th Annual Exhibition of the Indian Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta, 1973;
All India Exhibitions of Prints, Government Art Gallery Chandigarh, 1979, and the
11th All India Exhibition, Karnataka Chitra Kala Parishath, Bangalore, 1988.
His laudable work has been recognized by – Madras State Lalit Kala Akademi,
Chennai, 1963 & 67; Tamilnadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai, 1979, and the Lalit
Kala Akademi, New Delhi, 1991.

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