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Creating masterpieces within boundaries

art-and-culture Updated: Dec 25, 2011 01:08 IST

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Contemporary artist V Ramesh, one of the few artists who has consistently chosen to probe the complex subject of the metaphysical, is now back with a new solo show in the Capital.

His new body of work, Why Cross the Boundary on display at Threshold Art Gallery at Lado Sarai, is a set of oils on canvas, capturing women poet saints of India.

“Why cross the boundary... when you can do so much staying within that boundary... when there is so much yet to be explored in that space yet!” says the artist.

Ramesh says that he is amazed how his tryst with allegories has led to a learning that takes place for him every day, more so, after he started teaching at the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University since 1985.

“I could just never come, give a lecture and leave... I believe teaching is and should be, a two-way process both the teacher and the students should gain something from it,” says Ramesh.

Ramesh exhibition of paintings, which is on display till February next year, comprises of ten paintings that took him nine months to finish. These include paintings that are inspired by three women saint poets Karaikkal Amma (fifth century), Mahadevi Akka (12th century) and Lal Ded (14th century).

Each of these poet saints lived in different parts of India through different periods of the country’s history, and wrote their poems in different languages and yet, according to the artist, “shared a similar intoxication in their pursuit of the divine. Each had in common their unique, personal histories.”