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Information regarding exhibitions or newpapers articles on A. Ramachandran

Vision of War

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Year: 
1977
Medium: 
Relief sculpture with bronze and zinc plates mounted on mirror

"When Mr Ramachandran was invited and commissioned to do some work for ITC Maurya his brief was typically the Mauryan theme. And when he reflected on King Ashoka and the Kalinga war, he thought "No war is a single war. All war is the same. Human suffering is same."

He went on to do two major works for us – one is the most striking sculpture in brass and zinc of Ashoka which is placed at the main lobby and the other one is oil on canvas in three panels "The Vision of War"...

When we asked him to describe the sculpture and his thought process behind this work he said, “I have used Ashoka’s own inscription against the war and converted these inscription into his body. It’s a well thought out mural. I did the actual work in Garhi studio. I was much younger then and I used various elements in this sculpture”

This is a very important sculpture. Very different elements have gone into making it. What he used in making this zinc and brass work are elements he used in paintings. Ashoka’s hands, head and feet are golden. This element has reference to temple deities and it clearly shows that the artist was influenced by them."

(This excerpt has been taken from an article on the artist and his mural commission for Maurya Sheraton hotel in New Delhi called 'Vision of War'. See 'A Ramachandran', Zest Lounge, 1 May 2009, http://www.zestlounge.in/CommentArticle.aspx?id=50)

Colors of a Lost Dream

"...the two-volume life-in-art of painter A. Ramachandran co-published by the National Gallery of Modern Art and Vadehra Art Gallery is a definite collectible...the visual material used in these well-printed books is extensive and interesting, from personal photographs to the repros of works from succeeding stages of the artist’s life....Ramachandran’s woman figures have the most maliciously beautiful faces seen since Aubrey Beardsley and Gustav Klimt. But the delicate drawings of this decade tell us that the ardent dreamer of long ago lives on beneath."

Read more of this review by Renuka Narayanan of the book 'Ramachandran:A Retrospective (written by Prof. Siva Kumar):

http://www.indianexpress.com/oldstory.php?storyid=46512

(Source: Indian Express newspaper, 9 May 2004)

Art of Life

"ANGRY young man. Amitabh Bachchan may not know it, but Delhi could have coined the term for artist A Ramachandran way back in the 1960s. The first of his canvases that the city saw were dominated by tortured, tonsured bodies to express his anguish at the exploitation of the poor. Forty years later, beautiful lotus ponds have made their way into his works. Do they signify the mellowing of a man? ‘‘I guess that happens when a painter gets good food. He keeps in good health and makes happy images,’’ jokes Ramachandran, 58.

Anger, happiness, satire, travel, children... Ramachandran’s art has never been alienated from his life. And now vignettes of his life experiences in paintings, murals, stamps, books and illustrations are accessible to the viewer in an ongoing retrospective at the National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

The various periods of the artist’s life have been carefully broken into segments by curator Rupika Chawla. The first, fittingly titled ‘The Dark Period’ draws largely from his experience in communist Kerala. ‘‘The communist movement was gathering steam while I was growing up in Kerala. It obviously left an impression on my mind. We all wanted to rebel, we thought we could change the world with our art,’’ says Ramachandran...."

Read more of this article:
http://www.indianexpress.com/oldstory.php?storyid=37498
(Source: Indian Express, 21 December 2003)

Garden of Delight

Georgina Maddox covers Ramachandran's recently-held exhibition in Mumbai and writes:

'His colourful narrative of paintings have decorated the living rooms of homes and sat on auction podiums where they fetched handsome prices. Now, the veteran from Kerala is showing a large body of works that include large oils and three-dimensional sculptural forms that reflect his concerns of line and detailing...

His work is often allegorical and the densely vegetative lotus pond is one of his favourite metaphors for the matrix of life. Beautiful and decorative, this ecosystem gives birth to hybrid creatures, a goat with a woman’s head, a winged seductress or a newborn babe wrapped in the folds of a lotus-leaves....

The artist’s imagination converts fragmented moments into drawings contoured by powerful swiping lines resembling unruly motions of wind or sometimes restrains of any solid natural form. His mastery over narrating ephemeral yet engaging moments of observation into short-lived story lines turns his works into visual delights.'

Read the entire article here:

http://www.indianexpress.com/news/Garden-of-delight/372604

(Source: Indian Express newspaper, 13 October 2008)

Mumbai Exhibition Opening on YouTube

Watch the Mid-Day coverage of the opening of Ramachandran's exhibition at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (October 2008):

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