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ARUN K. S., Drama of the Analyzed and Analyzer, 2013 183 x 366 cm / 72 x 144 in (triptych)


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 in Baroda

Solo Exhibitions

  • 2013
    'Drama of the Analyzed and Analyzer', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai

Selected Group Exhibitions

  • 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