SELF PORTRAIT GAYATRI Born Guruvayur, Kerala, India PAINTER. Travelled extensively all over India from the child hood. Lived with untouchables and laborers in various parts. Studied the life styles of marginalized people. Worked as a freelance architect of low-cost construction theory and made more than hundred houses to dwell poor society. SOLO EXHIBITIONS Hotel Elite International,Guruvayur - 1977 Museum Gallery ,Trivandrum 1980 Lalitkala Academy Gallery ,Kochi 1982 Chitram Art Gallery,Ernakulam 1986 Lalitkala Academy Gallery,Calicut 1990 Bajaj Art Gallery,Mumbai 1990 Jehangir Art Gallery,Mumbai - 1992 Jehangir Art Gallery,Mumbai 1994 Taj Art Gallery,Mumbai - 1994 Jehangir Art Gallery,Mumbai 1996 Museum Gallery ,Trivandrum 1996 Chitram Art Gallery, Cochin 1996 Leela Art Gallery,Mumbai 1998 Jehangir Art Gallery,Mumbai 1998 Lalitkala Academy gallery,Delhi 1998 Jehangir Art Gallery,Mumbai 2000 Lalitkala Academy Gallery,Calicut 2005 Lalitkala Academy Gallery,Cochin 2005 Rossitta Art Gallery Cochin 2006 Jehangir Art Gallery,Mumbai 2007 Art Entrance Gallery, Mumbai - 2008 GROUP SHOW Kerala lalitha kala academys Sponsored show,New delhi - 1977 Kerala lalitha kala academys Sponsored show ,Madras - 1980 National exhibition Mahakoshal Kala Parishad 1981,82,83 Ravivarma memorial exhibition ,Museum Dept.Kerala - 1981 Lalitkala academy annual show-1976 to 1982 South Indian art exhibition,VTI,Madras - 1982 Annual show ,Chitrakala parishad ,Thrissur 1983 Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai -1994 Affordable Art Gallery, Mumbai 1996 Heritage Art Gallery, Chennai - 1997 Gallery Hues, Banglore 2007 Juneja art gallery, Jaipur 2007 Artchill gallery,Amber fort ,Jaipur 2008 Lalitkala academy annual show - 2007
ART AUCTION Aranyakam, an art dealing group cochin ,in association with hotel Taj Malabar cochin conducted an auction of ten paintings on February 5th and 6th 2007. It was the first art auction in Kerala. COLLECTION More than 100 paintings were collected by the art dealers and collectors all over the world.(the list will be get on request) COMMENTS The media like Hindustan Times, The Times of India, The Indian Express, The Hindu, On Looker, The Sunday Observer, Womans Era, Vanitha, and numerous regional publications written about works sparingly. .LITTERATEUR Published many studies on art and literature. Published 6 books also in Malayalam. OTHER ACTIVITIES Directed short films, plays. Acted in plays. Designed numerous architectures. AWARDS Kerala lalitkala academy award 1976 National award from mahakoshalkala parishad, MP 1986 Landsmen award, Switzerland 1986 Punjab Blood bank Society Award 1987 Kerala Sahitya academy 1996 Khasak award 1996
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SIGNS OF TRADITION, NOT WASHED AWAY BY NEW IDEOLOGIES
The artist in Gayatri is under going a metamorphosis. From the method of his earlier works he has grown in to the philosophical maturity of facts. This growth is evident in the choice of themes, colors and drawings. For any painter rural scenes always tend to be nostalgic. But in Gayatris paintings the anxieties of the rural folks, who are afraid of the urban culture are portrayed. He copies it through de-constructional interpretation and also makes vacuum a theme. These are discussed in the Beyond the dreams series of paintings. But here it takes shape in three stages-worries and dreams, myth and dreams, culture and mythology- and points towards the de-construction of culture. The idea that when individuals become crowd culture is created is good for discourse. But as a peasants moral self mixes with his dreams it becomes a hesitation. The peasants left in this world are living with the traces of this hesitation. Their compassion evolves an inner text which draws them nearer. This is the specialty of the paintings in The farmer couple series. In this series space is not diverged in to memories and realities. It develops a confronting view point. Vertical and horizontal frames are blended and real and abstract aspects are brightened up. Thus the ray of hope of the abandoned becomes their promised land in Gayatris paintings. Here we can see the slick of poverty and sorrow. In his works Gayatri has tried to reproduce folklores using tribal symbols and colors. In order that these folklores not lose their identity and relevance he presents recent history as a back ground. Terrorism and communal riots achieve new dimensions in his paintings as still shapes and symbolizes lethargic figures of power. Thus at the material and spiritual levels they are the philosophies to overcome power. Green colored women, red colored men, girl on a flying fish, birds sitting in leafs cats which have become pots, butterflies begging for life, coconut palms like camera obscure are genuine forces resisting the changing life. Their irregular encroachment produce a new ideologue in Gayatris paintings. Hope, motherhood, memories of the village etc are the basic symbols of Gayatris aesthetic sense. But the simplicity and genuineness of primary colors creates a new path of organic. So animals and plants in his paintings, like traditional signs, do not get washed away in the flow of new culture and ideologies.