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Alamelu Annhamalai

Chennai, India 1 Follower

About Artist

ARTIST BIO Alamelu Annhamalai (b.1993, Chennai) is an ambidextrous visual artist based in Chennai. Although she works mainly with acrylics and mixed media, the subject matter of each body of her work determines the m...

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ARTIST BIO
Alamelu Annhamalai (b.1993, Chennai) is an ambidextrous visual artist based in Chennai. Although she works mainly with acrylics and mixed media, the subject matter of each body of her work determines the medium. Her work is rooted in life experiences, complexities of human nature, concepts relating to the changes in society, nostalgia and memory. Apart from her solo exhibition ‘A Soldier of Hope’ ( Lalit Kala Akademi) in 2017, she displayed her work for ‘Canvas for a Cause’ (C.P.Arts Centre), a fundraiser for Blue Cross of India in 2020. Her work has been featured in several shows, notably South Indian Art Exhibition (Lalit Kala Akademi), I RISE Edition IV (Art Houz), One Show, many Stories! (Lalit Kala Akademi), Sahasra (Art Houz) and All India Art Exhibition (Hyderabad). She has created her own art course for children and studied their improvement as a personal project in relation to art therapy, apart from teaching at institutions and workshops. She has worked on several commissioned projects, and her works are a part of private collections both in India and abroad.
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ARTIST’S STATEMENT
It has been a journey to unlearn certain things in order to find my voice, but the last couple of years has taught me a lot. I describe my pieces as ‘conversations with myself’ – as my work arises from a mind map of thoughts that aren’t linear and hence hard to define. Most of my paintings appear figurative and representational but are aimed at what lies beyond the visual. Most of them have a sense of nostalgia and are related to the psychological and behavioural nature of humans.
I use symbolism to create an allegory in my work. I tend to question issues of identity and the defined structure existing in society. Some pieces are more of a commentary on the issues present in politics, the society, the economy or the environment. Apart from my life experiences, I draw inspiration from literature and music.

My practice is driven by experimentation and I challenge myself to do things such as draw with both hands simultaneously. I’ve discovered that I’m ambidextrous and I plan on exploring this ability in the realms of painting. My continual traversing of different mediums and art languages allows me space to explore and play, with an aim of pushing my practice.

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  • About Artist

    ARTIST BIO
    Alamelu Annhamalai (b.1993, Chennai) is an ambidextrous visual artist based in Chennai. Although she works mainly with acrylics and mixed media, the subject matter of each body of her work determines the medium. Her work is rooted in life experiences, complexities of human nature, concepts relating to the changes in society, nostalgia and memory. Apart from her solo exhibition ‘A Soldier of Hope’ ( Lalit Kala Akademi) in 2017, she displayed her work for ‘Canvas for a Cause’ (C.P.Arts Centre), a fundraiser for Blue Cross of India in 2020. Her work has been featured in several shows, notably South Indian Art Exhibition (Lalit Kala Akademi), I RISE Edition IV (Art Houz), One Show, many Stories! (Lalit Kala Akademi), Sahasra (Art Houz) and All India Art Exhibition (Hyderabad). She has created her own art course for children and studied their improvement as a personal project in relation to art therapy, apart from teaching at institutions and workshops. She has worked on several commissioned projects, and her works are a part of private collections both in India and abroad.
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    ARTIST’S STATEMENT
    It has been a journey to unlearn certain things in order to find my voice, but the last couple of years has taught me a lot. I describe my pieces as ‘conversations with myself’ – as my work arises from a mind map of thoughts that aren’t linear and hence hard to define. Most of my paintings appear figurative and representational but are aimed at what lies beyond the visual. Most of them have a sense of nostalgia and are related to the psychological and behavioural nature of humans.
    I use symbolism to create an allegory in my work. I tend to question issues of identity and the defined structure existing in society. Some pieces are more of a commentary on the issues present in politics, the society, the economy or the environment. Apart from my life experiences, I draw inspiration from literature and music.

    My practice is driven by experimentation and I challenge myself to do things such as draw with both hands simultaneously. I’ve discovered that I’m ambidextrous and I plan on exploring this ability in the realms of painting. My continual traversing of different mediums and art languages allows me space to explore and play, with an aim of pushing my practice.

  • Award & Recognition

    Awards:
    2015 - Silver medal; University Second; 2nd Rank in Bachelor of Visual Arts.
    2012 - General Proficiency for academic excellence, Stella Maris College, Chennai.
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    EXHIBITIONS
    2020 Solo exhibition, Canvas For A Cause, C.P. Arts Centre, Chennai.
    2019 I Rise Edition IV, Art Houz, Chennai.
    2018 Drawing is Dead, Studio Khirki, New Delhi.
    2018 4th National Women Artist's Group Show, Indigo Art Gallery,
    Cholamandal Artists' Village, Chennai.
    2017 Solo Exhibition, A Soldier of Hope, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.
    2016 South Indian Art Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.
    2016 BHFTH Art Group Show, One Show, Many Stories!, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.
    2015 Sahasra, Art Houz, Chennai.
    2015 Nature & Life, Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery, Coimbatore.
    2014 6th Annual Barbara Srinivasan Memorial Exhibition, Coimbatore.
    2013 IBA Arts & Crafts Gallery, Chennai.
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    SELECT PUBLICATIONS
    - ‘An art exhibition to help furry friends’, Downtown, The Hindu, 23rd February, 2020.
    - ‘Dipped in Ink’, The Metro Plus, The Hindu, 27th February, 2020.
    - ‘It takes two to draw’, The Metro Plus, The Hindu, 13th April, 2018.
    - ‘Painting trails of hope’, The Metro Plus, The Hindu, 27th October, 2017.
    - ‘Discovering life through painting’, Deccan Chronicle, 30th October, 2017.


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