Real and Ethereal

Real and Ethereal
C.S. Krishna Setty

Art Houz Bengaluru presents Real and Ethereal, a solo exhibition of new and recent works by C.S. Krishna Setty, one of the most significant artists currently shaping the contours of Indian contemporary art. Throughout his career, Setty has been well known for his works that relentlessly challenge the accepted notions of desire, sexuality, tradition and language but still celebrate the poignancy of human experiences.
He constructs narratives that allure one into a rather a dream-like domain; and in the process reveal an ethereal platform that somehow seems more tangible than reality itself. Mostly in ink or pastel, the works seem to hold up a mirror to the society at large, reflecting back the collective fervour and intensity that constantly shifts and transforms with the tireless cycle of time. Profound and powerful, the representations here are vastly metaphorical; yet are still grounded within concepts of politics, literature and the more nuanced understanding of a human life, our basic necessities, livelihoods and our deepest and the most secret desires.

Born in 1952, an eminent artist, art critic and columnist, C. S. Krishna Setty hails from Thirthahalli, Shimoga District, Karnataka. He pursued Fine Arts from the University College of Art, Davangere, and commenced research in graphics from Garhi Studios, New Delhi. He holds a Post Graduate degree in Literature from Mysore University and a Post Graduate Diploma in Public Relations from Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.

C. S. Krishna Setty is the former Chairman and Administrator of Central Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, and has served as the Chairman of Karnataka Lalithakala Academy. He was also the Chairman of the steering committee of the first Print Biennale India, 2018, held in New Delhi. He has been awarded the prestigious Honorary Membership of Russian Academy in Moscow, 2017. Following artists Satish Gujral and Om Prakash, C. S. Krishna Setty is the third artist from India to be honoured with this award.. He is also the recipient of numerous awards such as the Vincent Van Gogh Award; Rajiv Gandhi Rashtriya Rathna National Award and Kala Tapasvi Awards. He has served as the jury member of National Film Awards in 2016 and was the international jury member of the Bangla Biennale 2018.

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 15" x 11"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 15" x 11"

 

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK ON PAPER

Size : 11" x 15"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 19" x 14"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON CANVAS

Size : 30" x 34"

 

Artist:C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 14" x 20"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 21" x 29"

 

Artist: C.S. KRISHNA SHEETY

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: INK AND PASTELS ON PAPER

Size : 21" x 29"

 

Between Black & White

Between Black & White
an exhibiton of woodcut prints - vijay pichumani

"I work in colour sometimes, but I guess the images I most connect to, historically speaking, are in black and white.
I see more in black and white - I like the abstraction of it.
" ……. Mary Ellen Mark.

Vijay Pichumani is known for his contemporary style of woodcuts and this show is primarily about showcasing his early series of wood cut. Vijay known for his massive size of woodcut, here in this show we will be displaying around 20 prints.
Soon after college, his family wanted him to earn money and contribute to expenses. So he went back to his village. There, amidst the quarrel about his future, Pichumani heard tens of crow's quibbling outside. Ï felt it was similar to the fight in my family” he says. Rushing out he found one crow dead and hordes flying around in circles, cawing. Enthralled by the scene, he began to draw the birds. Soon after he convinced his family and came back to Chennai. Here he found a dead crow. He picked it up brought it back to the studio and started studying it, thus beginning his crow series. For four years he studied nature and the elements.
“The art of printmaking is a visual exploration of using nature to portray my eye from my perspective. I follow woodcut a relief printing technique in printmaking. The wood used for printmaking is a gift from nature. I combine my thoughts, feelings, and emotions with the wood, making it meaningful and vibrant says the 30 year old artist.
Vijay Pichumani born in 1987 in Kanya Kumari in Tamil, Vijay Pichumani currently works in Chennai , he has completed his BFA in 2009 and MFA in 2011, both from the Government college of Arts and Crafts. Chennai. Both times he was awarded the best outgoing student award in 2012, He received State Award by the Oviya Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai and a Scholarship grant from the Lalit Kala Academy, he has been awarded by the Foundations such as Arnavas Vasudev and Chandra Ilango Art Foundation. Vijay is also the receipt of the Jennifer Neblett Memorial Award for best student in Print Making. Vijay is the recipient of the prestigious 56th National Award for Wood Cut Print.

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: INSTINCT

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT

Size | Year: 48" X 96" | 2012

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: UNITY

Medium: MIXED MEDIA ON WOOD

Size | Year: 48" X 96" | 2012

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: SEED

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 24" X 72" | 2015

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: COLLEGE ROAD

Medium: WOODCUT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 72" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: HARMONY

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 48" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: THE GUARD

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 48" | 2015

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: THE MYSTICAL WAVES

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 15" X 15" | 2015

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: TOIL

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 84" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: JOURNEY

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 48" X 96" | 2013

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: UNTITLED

Medium: WOODCUT

Size | Year: 96" X 48" | 2012

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: JOURNEY OF THE EYE

Medium: WOODCUT

Size | Year: 12" X 36" | 2011

 

Artist: VIJAY PICHUMANI

Title: JOURNEY OF THE EYE

Medium: WOODCUT PRINT ON PAPER

Size | Year: 12" X 36" | 2011

 

Bengaluru

Art Houz is one of the leading contemporary art galleries from South-India, focusing on young emerging artists with an experimental approach to practice. The space has been orchestrated in such a way that it not only anchors the artistic philosophy of the individual artiste but also lends itself to a compelling visual chronicle for the connoisseur.

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