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Art of the Week (Series 15) – Acrylic on Canvas by Obayya – S Cube Art Gallery
November 6, 2021 - November 13, 2021
Art Kanara Trust presents
Art of the Week (Series 15)
Acrylic on Canvas by Obayya
6th to 13th Nov 2021
S Cube Art Gallery
Kodialguthu Center for Art & Culture,
G. G. Road,
Born in 1981 Puttur
MFA, Rabindra Bharati University,
BFA, Chamarajendra Academy of Visual Arts (CAVA), University of Mysore 2009
Piramal Art Residency Cycle 23, Mumbai
Lodha Palava Residency, Mumbai
Space 118, Mazgaon, Mumbai
Arnwaz Vasudev Charities, Cholamandlam, Chennai
Kanoria Centre for Arts, Ahmedabad
Hasta Gallery Projects, Mangalore
Exhibited his works in Bengaluru, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad & Hyderabad;
IPEP International Print Exchange Programme, Argentina, Poland; New Delhi & Mumbai;
Busan International Art Fair, South Korea; Nuga Art House 24 Belsize Lane, London
I am an artist from Puttur, South India. My artistic practices arrived form various observations from the travels I have encountered during and after my academic years. Which took me to Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmadabad and now Mysore, where I currently reside. In the last decade each travel has contributed towards the evolution of my artistic process.
An ‘individual’ in its multiplicity forms a mass, a crowd. ‘Anthropology of Crowd’ as my interest and an ‘Individual as my protagonist’ forms my pictorial narratives, where identity based explorations and rituals of the everyday life have engaged me as my subjects. Crowd and India are anonymous to my mind. Depictions of bugging populous overflow in full strength; be it at the stations, queues, at temples or festivities. Celebrations of the rituals of the everyday homogenize people of all faith into a composite identity enduring communal harmony within my works.
Within some of my recent works, like I have depicted the spaces of transit, like in Waiting for general compartment, here sardine packed trains with its daily working force wait at the overflowing railway stations. Other subjects such as I am a good painter, I want a job, A play called life, Instance , Watering work-man are some of my playful depictions of commonplace, mundane and the everyday. Garden worker, Digital India, A new veggie in balcony, Day to day ritual, As the youth fades are some more of such observations as explorations of the Metropolis in a flux.
One of my work which immersed me was of recent procession I had come across, a Trishul pooja celebration, a ceremonial activity of devolves of Lord Shiva, enduring body piercing as a part of devotion as a ritualistic norm. My engagement as visual documenter allows me to bring in the Urban-Rural panorama of India onto my canvas as travelling experiences.
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