Dashavatara - Dialectics of Tradition
Giridhar Gowd an artist based at Garuvupalem in Guntur District of Andhra Pradesh. His works mark a return to tradition by infusing it with renewed vigour, vitalized vision, reinvention and redefinition. At the heart of his creative endeavour is his engagement with country’s visual art tradition particularly the murals and miniature paintings. He foregrounds these pictorial arts to serve as conduit of creative expressions, thinking and articulating through epics, Puranic and mythical narratives. Giridhar says, “I have developed an immense interest in stories, poems and historical legends from my childhood. I have always approached these legends not as religious, superstitious stories but as priceless epics, a treasure house of wisdom and as unique examples of the essence of life”.
The compelling visual factor governing Giridhar’s works are his structured and well organized compositions, coming across as a stage manager, directing and placing his figures strategically, thus establishing a visual path and commanding a dialogue with the viewer. Teeming with multitude of humanity and flora and fauna, his works reinforce the interpretation of Puranic theme with his contemporary sensibility, sensitized particularly in the engagement with colours, which are as vibrant and energetic as they are scintillating.
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