S. K. Rajavelu (b.1941)
Rajavelu graduated from Govt. College of Arts and Crafts, Madras in 1963; was
a Govt. of India Cultural Scholar under KCS Paniker in 1963-64 and a National
Scholar under NS Bendre at MS University, Baroda in 1964-65. He was later Dy.
Director, Weavers’ Service Centre, Government of India, Vijayawada.
He employs striking linear line drawings, line and colors in various mediums like
acrylic, charcoal, pastel, ink, watercolors on paper and canvas. He’s accused of
painting explicitly erotic pictures, but he neither defends nor disowns them, just
moves on to his next canvas, without getting into controversy. The human form
fascinates him in totality – he doesn’t break it up into fragments. As he says, “Who
am I to tear asunder what God conceived and created as an integral whole? I can
express my love of life in the only language I know: line and color”.
He has exhibited since 1960. A few notable shows were – Birla Academy of Art
and Culture, Calcutta, 1972 and Max Muller Bhavan, Bangalore,1975, apart from all
major shows at State, National, and international levels all over India and abroad.
Rajavelu received the National Award from the Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi in
1967, and was felicitated by Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai in 1987.

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