Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke
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

2018   'Nine Painters from Kerala', Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2017   'DWELLING, 10th Anniversary Show (Part II), curated by Ranjit Hoskote, Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai
2014   'Whorled Explorations', 2nd Kochi-Muziris Biennale, curated by Jitish Kallat, 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

Apprenticeship

2011   With Gulammohammed Sheikh

 

EXHIBITIONS

Arun K. S. Drama of the Analyzed and Analyzer

October 02, 2013 - November 14, 2013