Seen from far away, many of Arun’s paintings seem wrapped in a haze that obscures and blurs; the lines and details are barely visible. Edge closer, and you will see pages lined up – neat and complete, with lines of printed Malayalam visible in parts – almost as though they’re creating a part of an edifice on the canvas. These are pages from the Holy Bible, from a copy that’s been read and thumbed, annotated and revered as a guide and an emotional anchor. Watercolour, ink and powder pigment saturate the pages and are procedurally buffed away to create the profound impression of texture. Also, lending their own textures are other materials – pages from a Hindi-Malayam translation guide, rice paper, found objects and, palpably, concrete and wax. Now the book has been turned into fragments and abstraction. It exists as a device, a symbol not as much of Christianity as faith in general at its most persuasive, and its pages hold the paintings in the exhibition Drama of the Analyzed and Analyzer together.
Born 1984 in Kerala, Arun K.S. attained a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts from the Government College of Fine Arts in Thrissur, Kerela and a Masters Degree in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University, Vadodara. He was a recipient of the Nasreen Mohamedi Award 2012 and the Inlaks Scholarship 2013. Arun K.S.’s debut solo exhibition Drama of the Analyzed and Analyzer previewed at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in 2013. He has participated in group exhibitions at the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, Thrissur, Asvitha Art Gallery, Chennai, and in the exhibition Art for Young Collectors I at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai. Opening December 12, 2014, Arun K.S.'s works will be shown at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale in Kochi, Kerala.