His oeuvres reflect the morass of societal stigmas and egotistic prejudices while ‘denuding the truth’ in simple metaphors. In monotonic canvases drenched in red, black and white, Alin George, a techie-turned-painter, is cautiously engraving his age-old contemplations and unimpeachable convictions. His works - microcosms of a tumultuous society that turns a blind eye towards the truth- often are seminal attempts to seek that verity while stripping it naked for the world to drink in.
Inching towards the ‘world of art’ in his small yet staggering steps, this rank outsider, is conducting his first exhibition of paintings, named ‘Denude the Truth’ at Vyloppilly Samskrithi Bhavan.
“I was an IT professional who had no clue about the art world until a few years ago. It was my meeting with renowned artist Sajitha Shankar that changed my life. My interactions with her and our exchange of thoughts are what led me to take up painting seriously. This series is the result of all that has happened in the last two years since I met her,” says Alin.
Thronging with geometric shapes that may seem like Alin’s signature style, ‘Denude the Truth’, mirrors the flawed society drifting towards swindling lies and inherent egos. Alin gives his architecture and mathematics background credit for his penchant for shapes.
“All my life I have dabbled with shapes, whether during my 15-year-long IT career or my college days, ‘shapes’ was an integral part. But each shape or slide in my paintings has a hidden meaning,” says Alin, who is more than excited to be a part of the formidable world of art.
His titular work ‘Denude the Truth’ discusses the talk shows and arguments that transpire between one another. The truth hovering over them dwindles into a fullstop, by the time they close their arguments. “We argue to prove a point rather than bringing out the truth. So most of the times these discussions come to pointless conclusions with nothing proven out of it,” says Alin.
There are times when he scrawls his own reflections on certain subjects such as shadow and stone in simple yet stunning poems.
“In his shadow, ‘Only you can mold your dream,
Just place it underneath the sun
to reflect it as unique as your shadow
Even the richest cannot buy
nor a great artist cannot steal your shadow,” he quips while stroking a shadow in sober blacks and greys. Thriving on their egos and indulging in material benefits, human beings scurry on with their life. But are they happy? is the question Alin asks all through his series of twenty or so paintings.
Even when he depicts the plight of women in harsh tones of reds and blacks, throwing white motifs as a relief, he says nothing can take away the ‘Motherly qualities’ imprinted in a woman. He takes a detour from his lines and shapes in ‘Burning Sky’, a painting that derides global warming and pollution. While his ‘Hope’ and ‘Dilemma’ dabble with subjects relating to human psyche and eclectic emotions.
The exhibition open from 10.00 am to 6.30 pm, will be on till May 7.