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B O Shailesh

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About Artist

"My work explores the experience of my youth - shyness, love, eroticism, rebellion, visions of freedom, confusion. My paintings are memories made manifest." "One important aspect of Shailesh's work is that it is op...

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"My work explores the experience of my youth - shyness, love, eroticism, rebellion, visions of freedom, confusion. My paintings are memories made manifest."

"One important aspect of Shailesh's work is that it is open to various interpretations and explanations, making its criticism very subjective. One can look at and imagine all kinds of meanings and symbolism. You think you have finally cracked the puzzle when along comes the artist and listening to him gives the works a new perception and forces you to question and think again. While some things become crystal clear, a lot more questions arise leaving one a little confused." - Kanchana Arni

Born in 1970, in the town of Shimoga in Karnataka, BO Shailesh works with the multifaceted and composite feelings and emotions that human beings experience and express. As he admits, many of these explorations deal with the experiences of his youth, and the searching nature of a young man who finds everything in his environment interesting or noteworthy. The curiosity of a young and bright mind is one of the ideas this artist explores the most in his work. Abstracted human forms reach out with their hands to touch and feel what lies around them and to find someone to share their youthful passion and excitement with. Thin and elongated bodies seem to notice nothing around them, engrossed as deeply as they can be in what seems an eternal search for new connections and mates.

This leads to another subject that Shailesh deals with in his paintings - God; or rather the relationship between the individual and God, which, according to the artist, is one of constant searching to find the God that lives within each of us. Shailesh has painted a whole series of canvases called the "God in Me." The relationship that men and women share also figures in the work of this young abstractionist.

Shailesh does not seem to have found a medium or surface to make his own as yet, which is not surprising because he has only been painting and exhibiting his work since 1994, when he graduated with a BFA from the Karnataka University. He has painted on paper, glass and canvas using all sorts of varied media, including most recently even foil and paper thread. Some of his paintings are made up of four distinct pieces of canvas and some of two. Shailesh believes this is a way of 'doing his own thing' rather than following traditions and also finds it easier to operate on smaller surfaces. Because the centre is the focus of most paintings, Shailesh points out that the focus of these pieces is the moving away of the elements rather than their coming together at the central point.

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  • About Artist

    "My work explores the experience of my youth - shyness, love, eroticism, rebellion, visions of freedom, confusion. My paintings are memories made manifest."

    "One important aspect of Shailesh's work is that it is open to various interpretations and explanations, making its criticism very subjective. One can look at and imagine all kinds of meanings and symbolism. You think you have finally cracked the puzzle when along comes the artist and listening to him gives the works a new perception and forces you to question and think again. While some things become crystal clear, a lot more questions arise leaving one a little confused." - Kanchana Arni

    Born in 1970, in the town of Shimoga in Karnataka, BO Shailesh works with the multifaceted and composite feelings and emotions that human beings experience and express. As he admits, many of these explorations deal with the experiences of his youth, and the searching nature of a young man who finds everything in his environment interesting or noteworthy. The curiosity of a young and bright mind is one of the ideas this artist explores the most in his work. Abstracted human forms reach out with their hands to touch and feel what lies around them and to find someone to share their youthful passion and excitement with. Thin and elongated bodies seem to notice nothing around them, engrossed as deeply as they can be in what seems an eternal search for new connections and mates.

    This leads to another subject that Shailesh deals with in his paintings - God; or rather the relationship between the individual and God, which, according to the artist, is one of constant searching to find the God that lives within each of us. Shailesh has painted a whole series of canvases called the "God in Me." The relationship that men and women share also figures in the work of this young abstractionist.

    Shailesh does not seem to have found a medium or surface to make his own as yet, which is not surprising because he has only been painting and exhibiting his work since 1994, when he graduated with a BFA from the Karnataka University. He has painted on paper, glass and canvas using all sorts of varied media, including most recently even foil and paper thread. Some of his paintings are made up of four distinct pieces of canvas and some of two. Shailesh believes this is a way of 'doing his own thing' rather than following traditions and also finds it easier to operate on smaller surfaces. Because the centre is the focus of most paintings, Shailesh points out that the focus of these pieces is the moving away of the elements rather than their coming together at the central point.

  • Academics

    Year 1994 B.F.A. In Painting, Karnataka University.

  • Exhibitions

    Solo Shows

    2003 At Night at Bella Ciao Restaurant, Chennai.

    2003 Surface at Dakshina Chitra - Chennai.

    2003 Third Space at Art Konsult - Delhi.

    2001-02 Living Cultures Wall, British Council, Chennai.

    2000 Eternal Quest At Art Konsult - Delhi.

    2000 Preview Appa Raw Gallery - Chennai.

    1994 At G.M. Auditorium, Davangere, Bangalore.



    Group Exhibitions

    2004 Annual Show at Chola Mandal Artists Village, Chennai.

    2003 Reclaimed at British Council - and Form Gallery Chennai.

    2002 Process and Paradigm at Art Konsult- Delhi.

    2002 Modern Art Gallery - Coreya.

    2002 Modern Art Gallery - Coreya.

    2000 Art Today, New Delhi.

    1999 The Point 1999 At Taidegalleria - Finland.

    1998 Son -ET-Lumiere In Colaba At - Mumbai.

    1997 Suriya Gallery, Hyderabad.

    1997 M.E.C. Art Gallery, New Delhi.

    1996 Art Konsult, New Delhi.

    1995 Tomorrow's News Group , The Gallery , Madras.

    1993 Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore.

    1989 Group Show, Hyderabad.

    1988 Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore.


    Participations

    2002 Working Artist L.K.A. - Chennai.

    2001 Artkonsult "Match box cove.

    2000 Cholashaltion Chennai.

    2000 Ching Mala at Kerala.

    1999 Foreign Art Museum Of - Finland.

    1998 Midnight Art Bazaar at Park Hotel, Delhi.

    1997 50th Independence Pay Gift For India " Sahmat " New Delhi.

    1996 S.C.Z.C.C. 10th All India Art Context, Nagpur.

    1996 The 39th National Exhibition Of Art, New Delhi.

    1994 Rajasthan Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur.

    1990 R.L.K. Lalit kala Academy, Banglore.

    1990-95 Rashtriya kala Academy Mela At India.

    1988 Karnataka Kala Mela At Bangalore.

  • Award & Recognition

    2001 Sri H.K. Kejriwal Young Artist Award year 2000 Bangalore.

    1999 28th Annual Exp of Small Format, Kalaprasamsa At Vishakapatnma, (A.P.)

    1988 A.I.F.A.C.S. & L.K.A., Karnataka At Bangalore.

    1997 S.C.Z.V.V. 10th All India Art Contest, Nagpur.

    1996 Research Grant, Chennai.

    1995 All India Medical - Devengere, Karnataka.

    1994 Kala Kuncha Association, Karnataka.

    1988-91 Best Student of The Year.

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