HYDERABAD: The solo show of paintings at Ailamma art gallery by a practising musician Anand Ramalingam exemplifies that he has swiftly and fluently explored painting as yet another medium of expression. Anand who is also a professional photographer from Bangalore started painting a few years ago when he handled acrylic paints in context to a photography project.
His introduction to painting happened as a chance and yet the intensity was so strong that he ended up painting regularly and with immense passion. Now he paints using a wide variety of materials such as cyanotypes, lumen prints, photograms, chemigrams, acrylics, oil, charcoal, graphite, pen and ink, coffee, tea and a number of natural dyes and colours. While talking about the theme of his works Anand tells, “I don’t set out to produce art about one thing or another. I’m frequently drawing and scribbling and sometimes the drawings and ideas are left on random sheets of loose paper and other times they develop into more in-depth ideas and detailed images.”
The artist draws inspiration from varied sources, he is open to novel ideas and explores and experiments them fervently on his medium of expression. Like, one of his work depicts a magnified section of a lace, the intricate play of line, pattern and the hollow spaces in between the thread make for an exquisite visual treat.
Anand has done a few portraits, landscapes and an interesting set of works completely dedicated to the bamboo plant. The transparent colour blobs in the background with a washed and weathered look grant them an interesting spirit. The artist truly believes in experimenting with new techniques and themes.”My choice of subjects vary radically. Based on my mood I choose which piece. Though I use a variety of materials and processes in each project my methodology is consistent. Chance plays a big part in everything I do. The way paint hits the canvas, or the way the bamboo settles on the sheet of paper- I could never repeat something that I have done before.”
This show will go on at Ailamma art gallery till September 28.