Map And Boundaries
Curated by Prabhakar Krishnan, SAFION
The constellation of artists in this show includes P. Perumal – S. K. Rajavelu – C. Dakshinamoorthy
– M. Suriyamoorthy. This group of artists has played a significant role and contributed to the change in
the face of the contemporary Indian Art through their compelling vision of Indian modernity. Figurative
as practiced by Indian artists. These artists belonging to the Madras Art Movement are different in their
indigenous art forms, mode of expressions acceptable to modern taste, narrative format, style, linear
graces, character, medium, linear rhythm, patterns, forms, gestures, calligraphy and appeal.
P. Perumal (1935) Perumal paints with oil on canvas with expressive brush strokes and knife.
His earthen colors invoke the landscape of the south. Depicting the simple subject of rural life, his
attenuated and lithe country figures. His early impressions of the famine-stricken villagers and the
rugged landscape, joyful expressions of people making happy sounds of everyday life have found lucid
expression in his paintings. The colors are dark, somber and mute in keeping with the themes. Full of
linear motifs, the lean and lanky figures with sloping shoulders and elongated limbs are permanently on
trek, with their belongings.
S. K. Rajavelu (1941) Rajavelu expresses his love of life in the only language he knows: Line and
color. His strength lies in his mastery, in his supreme command over line, he uses the color only for
highlighting it. Human form interests him deeply. He often draws the fertile grace of the female forms,
highly graphic and erotic, drawn in such clean curvilinear lines, they seem more innocent than naughty.
C. Dakshinamoorthy (1943) Appreciated internationally, for his captivating granite sculptures
and his individualistic style of painting. He attempts sculpture in different kinds of stones, ceramics,
bronze, etc. He conceives the idea according to the size, shape and color of the stone, forms abstract
female face and group of women in flirtatious angles. From the study of graphics in UK, he extended his
linearity and figurative skills on to printmaking too.
M. Suriyamoorthy (1944) He paints a story by bordering his main composition with a series of
smaller pictures. His canvases, richly painted with layers of primitive color, lend an organic realism to
his figures, often females showing their best maternal instincts.

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