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Akkitham Narayanan

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About Artist

Akkitham Narayanan’s paintings are geometric configurations of abstract forms. With a predisposition towards the purity of geometry, he creates a fusion of Indian tantrik art and the European geometric art. Accordi...

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Akkitham Narayanan’s paintings are geometric configurations of abstract forms. With a predisposition towards the purity of geometry, he creates a fusion of Indian tantrik art and the European geometric art.

According to the artist, geometry comes from earth, a form of universal system, where everything appears simple and straight and therefore, rigid. But if we were to look at it in subjective manner, the perspective would change. Akkitham Narayanan’s creations are abstract in character, reflecting a deeper understanding of the nature and its varied colors and moods. The forms and colors that come repeatedly in his works remind the viewer of the chanting of a hymn, reverberating with the essence of life spirit.

The artist oversees the picture plane with a classification of space through lines, angles, squares, rectangles, and so on. There is a clever use of color within each space, which may be amorphous and smudged in some areas, or sharp in others. The blending of triangles and rectangles has a lyrical, emotive touch. Within these forms one can see thin lines suggestive of the forms of cloud and elements like fire and water. Also seen is the combination of archaic lines reminding one of letters and snakes. The artist has been inspired and influenced by traditional Kerala architecture. His colors come from the mural paintings that had inspired him during his childhood days. The color black that he uses on the canvases too reminds one of ancient Indian wall paintings and murals.

He creates the feeling of light by applying a thin coat of oil paint on the canvas and then erasing it. Using this technique to blend the colors, he creates an illusion of using watercolors and is able to retain the texture of the canvas. The color settles in the weave and lends the painting its texture. The technique thus lends a three-dimensional feel to the work. To break the monotony, he uses a knife to carve or draw lines and write out from the scriptures while the paint is still wet.

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  • About Artist

    Akkitham Narayanan’s paintings are geometric configurations of abstract forms. With a predisposition towards the purity of geometry, he creates a fusion of Indian tantrik art and the European geometric art.

    According to the artist, geometry comes from earth, a form of universal system, where everything appears simple and straight and therefore, rigid. But if we were to look at it in subjective manner, the perspective would change. Akkitham Narayanan’s creations are abstract in character, reflecting a deeper understanding of the nature and its varied colors and moods. The forms and colors that come repeatedly in his works remind the viewer of the chanting of a hymn, reverberating with the essence of life spirit.

    The artist oversees the picture plane with a classification of space through lines, angles, squares, rectangles, and so on. There is a clever use of color within each space, which may be amorphous and smudged in some areas, or sharp in others. The blending of triangles and rectangles has a lyrical, emotive touch. Within these forms one can see thin lines suggestive of the forms of cloud and elements like fire and water. Also seen is the combination of archaic lines reminding one of letters and snakes. The artist has been inspired and influenced by traditional Kerala architecture. His colors come from the mural paintings that had inspired him during his childhood days. The color black that he uses on the canvases too reminds one of ancient Indian wall paintings and murals.

    He creates the feeling of light by applying a thin coat of oil paint on the canvas and then erasing it. Using this technique to blend the colors, he creates an illusion of using watercolors and is able to retain the texture of the canvas. The color settles in the weave and lends the painting its texture. The technique thus lends a three-dimensional feel to the work. To break the monotony, he uses a knife to carve or draw lines and write out from the scriptures while the paint is still wet.

  • Academics

    1967-70 Studied monumental art under Mr. Jean Bertholle and engraving under Mr. Lucien Couteau

    1961 Diploma in Painting, Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai

  • Exhibitions

    SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2011 Gallery HUS, Paris

    2011 'Through the Kaleidoscope', Art Alive, New Delhi

    2010 "Art and Religion in the Indian world", House of Researches, Paris

    2009 Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore

    2007 Galerie Le Normand, Paris

    2006 Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

    KL Gallery, Kuala Lampur

    2005 Galerie "Mille Lieux du Monde" Servoz, Chamonix, Paris

    2005, 98, 94, 91, 88 Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai

    2003 Municipal Library, St. Pierre des Corps

    2002 Galerie M & R Kolbein, Garbsen, Germany

    2001 Espace Lino Ventura, Garges-les-Gonesse

    2000 4th Festival of Art & Music, Cornservatoire Andre Navarra, Charenton-le-Pont

    1995 Chateau de Talcy, France

    1994 Kabutoya Gallery, Tokyo

    1994 Mohanjeet Grewal Gallery, Paris

    1991 The Townhall of Royat, Triennale de Chamaliéres, Royat, France

    1991, 88, 84, 81, 78 Galerie Seibu, Tokyo

    1990 Collegiale Saint-Pierre-le-Puellier, Orleans, France

    1990 Chitrakoot Art Gallery, Kolkata

    1988, 83, 80, 76, 74, 73 Galerie Steintor Verlag, Hannover

    1988, 82 Galerie La Marge, Blois

    1986, 74 Mukai Gallery, Tokyo

    1978 Gallery Miyawaki, Kyoto, Japan

    1976 Galerie du Haut Pave, Paris

    Museum, Wilhelmshaven, Germany

    1972 La Galerie, Paris

    1971 Falazik Gallery, Neuenkirchen, Germany

    1971 Ostentor Gallery, Dortmund, Germany

    1970 Galerie Transposition, Paris

    1966 Triveni Art Gallery, New Delhi

    1965 Max Muller Bhavan, Chennai



    GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2010 "Made in India", Galerie Lipao-Huang, Paris

    "Besides Paris", Birla Academy of Arts & Culture, Kolkata

    2009 "Think Small", Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi

    2007 "Art in Itself", Akar Prakar Gallery, Kolkata

    "Made in India: 07 Spring", Opera Gallery, London

    "Masters of Contemporary Indian Art", Indigo Blue Art Gallery, Singapore

    "Abstractions: Rupa-Aurupa", Museum Gallery, Mumbai & Visual Art Gallery, New Delhi

    "Abstract Visions Parallel Perceptions", The Annex, Bangalore

    2006 "Indian Artists", Gallery White Elephant, Paris

    "Recueil d' Artistes", Maison Des Arts Louis Aragon: Garges-les-Gonesse, France

    "A Collection of Indian Contemporary Art", KL Gallery, Kuala Lampur

    2005 "Artransport", Double Enders, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bangalore, Cochin

    2003 "Souvenir d'en France", Alliance Francaise, New Delhi

    "Festival de I'Inde", L'Arc, Le Creusot. Galerie White Elephant, Paris

    2001 "L'Inde, Carrefour Des Arts", F&H Art Forum, Paris

    1997 "L'art a l'ecole", Paris

    "Traits d'Union", Galerie du Haut Pave, Paris

    1997-01 Salon de Mai, Paris

    1996, 93 Harmony Show, Mumbai

    1992 Roopankar Print Biennale, Bhopal

    Contemporary Indian Art, Sogo Museum, Yokohama, Japan

    Centenary Exhibition, Birla Academy, Kolkata

    1990 International Methodology Show, Busan, Korea

    1985 Retrospective of the Galerie du Haut Pave, Paris

    1983 Grafik Biennale, Varna, Bulgaria

    1975 Triennale of India

    1974 Biennale of Menton

    1970-72 International Painting Festival, Cagnes-Sur-Mer, France

    1961 National Exhibition of Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi

  • Award & Recognition

    2009 K.C.S. Panicker Award, Kerala Lalit Kala Academy, Kerala

    1972 Award, 4th International Festival of Painting, Cagnes-sur-Mer, France

    1972 Award, All India Print Exhibition, New Delhi

    1967-70 Received French Government Scholarship

    1965 Award, Association of Young Painters and Sculptors, Chennai

    1962-64 Received Indian Govt. Scholarship.

    1963, 65, 66 Award, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai

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