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Art of the Week (Series 13) – Oil on Canvas by P. S. Punchithaya – S Cube Art Gallery
October 23 - October 30
Art Kanara Trust presents
Art of the Week (Series 13)
Oil on Canvas by P. S. Punchithaya
23rd to 30th Oct 2021
S Cube Art Gallery
Kodialguthu Center for Art & Culture,
G. G. Road,
Punchithaya P. S.
Born in 1942, Kasaragod, Kerala
Diploma in Fine Arts from Nutan Kala Mandir, Mumbai under the tutorship of G. S. Dandavatimath and J. J. School of Art, Mumbai
Awarded Kerala and Karnataka Lalitkala Academy Awards; Kala Ratna Award from Kollam, Kerala
Serving as a resource person and advisor at:
Lal Bahadur Shashtri Academy for National Administration, Mussoorie, Uttaranchal
Hampi Kannada University, Karnataka Mangala Gangotri, Mangalore University
P. S. Punchithaya, a popular artist in both Kerala and Karnataka, is a master of watercolor painting. Living as an agriculturist and a planter, he is surrounded by nature that inspires his painted landscapes, waterscapes, areca gardens, hills and trees in a style akin to the Impressionists. He is equally good in treating oil paints with bold strokes and thick brush marks which he learnt as a student in Bombay during the 1960s.
Though born in a remote village away from the Kasaragod town, his interest in drawing and painting took him to Mysore where he studied art at Chamarajendra Institute of Art & Crafts for a year. By then, he aspired to live in Bombay and moved to the city. Here he got an opportunity to study under G. S. Dandavatimath, an eminent Kannadiga art educator and the founder of Nutan Kala Mandir, an art school in Bombay. Dandavatimath actively welcomed and supported Kannadiga students who migrated from the Mysore State to study art in Bombay. Well-known artists such as A. A. Almelkar and K. K. Hebbar were also students of Dandavatimath.
After five years of education, Punchithaya returned to his village and pursued his artistic career alongside being a planter. He maintained a close relationship with the artists of both the states – Karnataka and Kerala; and participated in a number of state and national exhibitions and events. Along with G. S. Shenoy and Peter Lewis, he took active part in the art scene of Coastal Karnataka and Kasaragod; and organised exhibitions, events and street shows in Bengaluru demanding the need for a government art gallery. He once went on a Kala Yatra from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram, covering every district headquarters and prominent art schools and engaging art lovers and students in talks and interactive sessions. His effortless and dynamic painting-demonstration skills have been a great inspiration for young art enthusiasts and has accordingly won him many followers.
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