Kerala, b.1940

V. Viswanadhan

The other Indian artist, besides S. H. Raza, to famously make Paris his home, Viswanadhan became a founder-member of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village on the outskirts of Chennai after his training in art. When he arrived in Paris in 1968, he had already formulated his concept of space, tantric mandalas and geometric forms, but in time arrived at a new synthesis, narrowing the existing polarities between the East and the West. Though his use of colour remained bold and warm, as before, his interpretation of space was re-examined on coming in contact with contemporary Western art. Freeing space from the esoteric notions of geometrical figurations, he began to interpret space as time.

Viswanadhan’s engagement with various mediums is blended with his understanding of light and colour, one he has explored...

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Biography

The other Indian artist, besides S. H. Raza, to famously make Paris his home, Viswanadhan became a founder-member of the Cholamandal Artists’ Village on the outskirts of Chennai after his training in art. When he arrived in Paris in 1968, he had already formulated his concept of space, tantric mandalas and geometric forms, but in time arrived at a new synthesis, narrowing the existing polarities between the East and the West. Though his use of colour remained bold and warm, as before, his interpretation of space was re-examined on coming in contact with contemporary Western art. Freeing space from the esoteric notions of geometrical figurations, he began to interpret space as time.

Viswanadhan’s engagement with various mediums is blended with his understanding of light and colour, one he has explored in his films as well. Saturated with reds and greens, mauves and crimsons, his work evoke memories inextricably linked with a life lived in different geographical spaces. Drawing inspiration from music, Viswanadhan admits that for him drawings are like liberated sound: ‘When they are earthbound, they are like drums. The saxophone and flute are air-bound.’ Widely exhibited, and collected across Europe, Viswanadhan lives and works in Paris.

Artworks

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Untitled, 1972

Related Categories

20th Century Art / Acrylic on Paper / Acrylic Paint / Acrylic Painting / Art of the 1970s / Asian Art / Balance between the East and the West / Contemporary Indian Art / Europe / Geology/Geography / Geometric Abstraction / Geometric Expression / Gouache on Paper / Gouache Paint / India / Indian Art / Kerala / Learning from Different Cultures / Light/Lightings / Memories / Painting / Paper / Paris / Primary Colors / Religious Symbols / Space/Spatiality

Curriculum Vitae

Education

  • 1960

    Studied under K.C.S. Paniker, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Madras

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008

    Marlborough Gallery, New York

  • 2007

    Viswanadhan: Early Years, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2005

    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2011

    Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  • 1960

    Studied under K.C.S. Paniker, Govt. College of Art and Craft, Madras

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2008

    Marlborough Gallery, New York

  • 2007

    Viswanadhan: Early Years, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2005

    Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • 2003

    Organized by Gallery Espace, Visual Arts Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2001

    Ecole Nationale Superieure d Arts, Brest

  • 2000

    Salon Renacimiento, Palazio Santa Cruz, Valladolid, Spain

  • Victoria Memorial Hall, Kolkata

Group Exhibitions

  • 2018

    India’s French Connection: Indian Artists in France, DAG, New York (~ 2019)

  • 2011

    Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • 2010

    Evolve: 10th Anniversary Show, Tao Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Manifestations IV, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi

  • Freedom to March: Rediscovering Gandhi through Dandi, presented by Ojas Art at Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • Besides Paris, Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  • 2007

    Asian Art Fair, New York, New York

  • 2005

    Manifestations III, organized by Delhi Art Gallery at Nehru Centre, Mumbai and Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • Double – Enders, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Cochin

  • 2000

    Cholamandal Artists’ Village, Chennai

  • Exile and Longing, Emerging Art Practices from Kerala, Lakeeren Art Gallery, Mumbai

  • Abstract Art in India, Gallery Art Motif, Habitat Center, New Delhi

Grants/Awards

  • 1986

    Grand Prix de Cinema du Reel, centre Pompidou, Paris

  • Grand Prize for the Best Documentary, Festival Dei Popoli, Florence

  • 1978

    Premio Lubiam for Painting, Italy

  • 1973

    Premio, Italy

  • 1972

    Pris de la Peinture, Festival International, Menton

  • 1971

    Palette d’or, Festival International de la Peinture, Cagnes sur Mer

  • 1968

    National Award for Painting, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

  • Award for Painting, Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala

  • 1967

    Public Prize for the Best Documentary, FIFD Malega, Spain

  • 1963

    Award for Painting, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

Collections

  • National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi.

  • Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi, Chennai and Manipur

  • Birla Academy of Art and Culture, Kolkata

  • Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India. New Delhi

  • National Art Gallery, Chennai

  • Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal

  • Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, Hyderabad

  • Punjab State University, Chandigarh

  • State Bank of India, Chennai

  • Centro de Bellas Artes, Maracaibo