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Detail from Untitled, 2018 

Watercolour, powder pigment and ink on paper over canvas

96 x 192 in / 243.8 x 487.6 cm (4 panels) 

“More than some others, perhaps, process is integral to Arun KS's art. And it's an elaborate one that begins with the artist collecting used, well-thumbed Bibles from his mother; 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 little images associated with his Christian faith, such as children during the Holy Communion service. 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.”

Gargi Gupta
New Delhi, January 30, 2014

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Arun K.S.

Baroda, Gujarat 2021 

Born 1984 in Kerala, Arun K.S. attained 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. His works have been included in the group shows such as RED, at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke, Mumbai (2021) and in exhibitions at the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi, Thrissur, Asvitha Art Gallery, Chennai. His first solo exhibition, Drama of the Analyzed and Analyzer was held at Galerie Mirchandani + Steinruecke in Mumbai in 2013. His work was subsequently shown at the India Art Fair 2014. He lives and works in Baroda. 

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