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V. Ramesh
Artist Medium: 
Painting

V. Ramesh (1958) was born in Andhra Pradesh and graduated in Fine Arts from M.S. University, Baroda following it with a Post-Graduation in Fine Arts from the same university. He received the Junior Fellowship from the Department of Culture in1990-93, Sanskriti Award in 1993 and a Senior Fellowship, Department of Culture in 1995-97.V.Ramesh is the first practicing artist to be invited to show solo at the National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore in March 2014. He has been teaching at the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, since 1985.
His major solo shows have been at Centre of Contemporary Art, New Delhi in 1990; Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, in 1991; Pundole   Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1993,1997; Gallery Threshold, Visakhapatnam in 1998; Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1988; A Thousand and One desires ‘,Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai & Gallery Threshold, New Delhi in 2005; Painted Hymns Gallery Threshold, New Delhi 2007, My Heart Would be Enough, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, 2008, Why Cross the Boundary, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, 2011-2012, Sanctum: a corner for four sisters- Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, 2012, Remembrances of Voices Past, NGMA, Bangalore in 2014; and at Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, Washington in Apr - May 2015. He has been part of many important group shows & biennales across the globe over the years such as- Second Biennial at Havana, Cuba in 1982; Second Biennial of Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal in 1988; Sakshi Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai in 1992; Recent Trends in Contemporary Indian Art, Vadehra
Art Gallery in 1995; Mapping Memories, 2008; Revisiting Intuitive Logic, Davos, 2011. V.  Revisiting Beauty, 2016 and Verdant Memory 2018 at Gallery Threshold, New Delhi and has been represented at the India Art Fair by Threshold Art Gallery in the years of 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2019;
Hashiya the border, curated by Mamta Singhania at Bikaner House, 2018.    
Ramesh has developed a distinctive narrative vocabulary, rooted in our sacred and literary culture. His engaging iconographies lend themselves to powerfully suggestive narratives particularly in terms of literary and sacred traditions. In doing so, they create their own powerful visual vocabulary, compelling the viewer to tend to look deep within even while re-visiting the past. Ramesh’s work has been sustained and nourished over the years through his interaction with his students.
V. Ramesh lives and works in Visakhapatnam.

 

Artist Note

The journey of one`s existence and work run parallel, feeding and acting on each other. I have, over the years, discarded many hard-held notions. The earlier solidity of the human figure as well as the tight compositions, have way to a blurring of boundaries. These are in a continuous state of flux. Extensive reading of Advaitic philosophy during the last few years has, perhaps, opened up for me perceptions of the unity -- the oneness of being - and - existence -- that exist under the surface of constant change.

Most of my work is imbued with a deep personal reverence, and hints at areas of faith, devotion and transcendence, but it articulates these ideas in an oblique manner,using voices from medieval poetry and imagery culled from mythology. I often use allegory because it can allude to my concerns and what I want to express in a more poetic and potent manner. Allegory allows us multiple readings of the image depicted in the narrative.

To be able to draw the the viewer within, throughthis state of flux, through the layers of paint, images and text. To be able to transcend these outwardly seen and perceived phenomena And, perhaps,to be able to discern and perceptively intuit the truth imbued in the work. But to do this one has to adopt strategies and improvise modes of expression. I even borrow from narratives from traditional sources.

I continue to probe the idea of the ephemeral as well as the evolving aspects of the self quoting lines from medieval devotional poetry as well as metaphorical imagery, I allude to the impermanence of the human body the present work also hints at areas of faith, devotion and transcendence,but it articulates these ideas in an oblique manner, using voices from poetry and imagery culled from mythology.

Threshold released a 220 page monograph on the artist at the National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore and at the MS University Baroda, alma mater to most established Indian artists in 2012.Amongst others who contributed to his book were Ranjit Hoskote, Curator of the first Indian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

The Book is available on: http://www.amazon.com

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