From the Memoirs of His Childhood

Published: 29th August 2014 06:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th August 2014 02:31 AM   |  A+A-


HYDERABAD: The present show going on at Tamkanat art gallery titled,” Discourse of the people” brings forth a series of work rendered in iridescent hues. The paintings exemplify a distinct rustic element which is portrayed in a stylistically rich, attractive verve.

For an artist the experiences that he gathers from his surroundings as a child, often become a source of inspiration for his professional work. The same can be said about the works by artist Sukka Sunder.

The accumulated treasure in the form of personal experiences and observations from his village life that he gathered as a child has become a bottomless reservoir of inspiration for his expressions.

Sukka Sunder was born and brought up in Wanaparthy of Mahboobnagar district. His father is a ‘gollasuddulu’, who plays an important role in entertaining and informing the village folk through stage performances. Art had been an  indispensable aspect of his childhood and that led him, instinctively, to pursue his graduation from Potti Sriramulu Telugu University in painting and later his master’s degree from the SN School of fine arts, Central University.

art-1.jpgSunder’s paintings explore the many incidents and nuances from the rural life in Telangana region. The works celebrate the artist’s affinity and fondness for the simple lifestyle that he has experienced in his village. He recreates the essence of rural ethos with a marked aesthetic sense and creative imagination. He reinstates the moment in a stylistically rich manner where the forms are treated with utmost affection and rendered  with plenty of motifs and patterns.

The inclusion of intricate textures to grant volume to the forms, perhaps reinstate the artist’s inspiration from the tribal Indian painting style. The line is strong yet rhythmic.

The colour palette is bright and effervescent; each section of the picture surface is lively and is sure to attract the viewer with its charm.

In some of the works the artist rejoices in creating multiple images of sheep, in varied sizes and simplified, subtly distorted features. The works portray the animal as an integral part of a rural living.

The figures with well defined outlines are built strong and sturdy, just as the people of the villages are expected to be due to the immense physical work that they do through the day. And yet, the overall impact of their presence in the paintings is such that a sense of celebration of life and appreciation of their surroundings prevails in the ambience.

The artist fondly attends to the drapery of the attires of his beloved people. He paints these people with such affection that in the paintings they look satisfied, happy and quite at peace with themselves. At times these people seem to be contemplating and at other times they seem to be engrossed in a simple activity picked up from their mundane life.

The present show will go on at Tamkanat gallery till September 8

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