Artists > Arun K.S.

ARUN K.S., Untitled, 2017, watercolour, art powder colour and ink on rice paper pasted on coated ply, found wood, 187 x 152 x 25 cm / 73.6 x 59.8 x 9.8 in


More than some others, perhaps, process is integral to Arun K.S.'s art. And it's an elaborate one that begins with the artist collecting used, well-thumbed Bibles; he then prepares the canvas, covering it with several layers of brown paper, paper pulp, and many coats of watercolour wash, before painting on it, often covering the entire surface with abstracted images associated with his Christian faith. Finally, he cuts out pages from the Bibles and sticks them carefully so as to cover the entire painted area. Each layer is also punctuated with a careful rub down with the sander to give the surface of the canvas a smooth and glossy finish, deceptive because it masks the many layers that went into its making even as it hints at a complex maelstrom of painted effects and hidden imagery. The final result is akin to a tapestry, carefully and densely wrought with each little detail adding to the immersive effect of the entire piece. Arun’s painterly process is, thus, not just as a mode of painting but a visual embodiment of abstraction — beginning with the “real” and then carefully chipping away at it to make the inherent forms, textures and shapes visible.

Born 1984 in Thrissur, Kerala
MVA (Painting), Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Baroda
BFA (Painting) Government College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala
Lives and works in Baroda

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013

    ‘Drama of the Analyzed and Analyzer’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Group Exhibitions

  • 2017

    ‘Dwelling, 10th Anniversary Show (Part II)’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai, India

  • 2014
    Kochi-Muziris Biennale, Kochi
  • 2014
    ‘India Art Fair’, New Delhi. Presented by Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
  • 2012
    ‘Art for Young Collectors I’, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
  • 2011
    Residency Show, Asvitha Art Gallery, Chennai
  • 2009
    ‘specimen37’, Government College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, Kerala
  • 2007
    ‘Gestures’, Chithrasala Art Gallery, Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, Thrissur

Scholarships / Awards

  • 2013

    Inlaks Fine Arts Award

  • 2012
    Nasreen Mohamedi Award
  • 2011
    Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi Scholarship


  • 2011

    With Gulammohammed Sheikh