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K R Santhanakrishnan

kumbakonam, India 29 Followers

About Artist

I am Kumbakonam based artist from Tamil Nadu, India. My work revolves around the entrance of a home--"the Doors" . For the past 18 years I have been painting on this theme. The concept “doors” was for me to give t...

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I am Kumbakonam based artist from Tamil Nadu, India. My work revolves around the entrance of a home--"the Doors" . For the past 18 years I have been painting on this theme. The concept “doors” was for me to give the next generation what is disappearing from today's world as well as to bring back memories for many. In this fast moving world, I want them to stop for a moment to recollect their past. I know and believe that a door speaks volumes. It can either be wide open inviting you in with warmth and happiness or it can be closed or hide a million secrets. A door says words that man cannot say.


As a typical south Indian artist from Tamilnadu, I believe in treasuring the heritage and culture that our ancestors built. What speaks more about our culture and heritage than the adobe we live in? It tells us about the past and the voices that echo in the rooms inspire me to paint the first vital aspect of a house - The Door.

Some of my doors open into an interior with tulsi tharas in the inner courtyards with milk cans, kerosene lamps, wooden boxes, clothes drying …faint white numbers and letters on the doors are clues about the inhabitants of those residences. The corporation numbers, ward numbers, electricity board connection numbers. For instance, P 26 indicates that polio drops were given to a child in the house under the immunization programme of the government.

Some of my closed doors with a huge lock show faded house numbers and painted advertisements. Through this I want to depict the lives of the people living behind these doors. Most of my doors are not from urbanized cities but from the rural homes that I grew up watching every day. Today, I paint more wooden, soot covered, kumkum and turmeric marking covered doors because they fascinate me more than the fancy stained glass doors. I believe "Each door has tale to narrate of the house, its owners and their lives. Even the exterior surfaces of the doors have myriad tales to narrate".

Some of my works shows the treatment of sidewalls adjacent to the doors, appropriating the space as a canvas for the representation of popular culture. By recreating a strong tactile feel of the old withered or dirty plastered walls, and its surface painted with imagery derived from popular culture as film posters of the 70s, the ubiquitous images of the goddesses from Ravi Verma’s calendar art, just to bring the memories of those childhood days.




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Testimonials

  • 1156260

    Fantastic works by the artists. Easy, smooth and professional dealing. Very prompt and a hassle free experience. - Surekha Deepak

  • 1189310

    I received the painting yesterday and have left it for framing today. I like the painting a lot, as it makes me think of India, Bharat Mataji. Where I have been so many times and where my daughters (adopted) were born. Besides Kingfisher being a beer (and an airline) it's my favorite bird. It was a great experience. Everything was without fuss, and the painting arrived quickly. - Anita Guilotte

  • 1206590

    I really admire Santhanakrishnan's doors a lot. The colors & the concept attracted me more. Great way to go, Santhana! Many best wishes. Highly appreciated the services. Very easy and smooth. Thanks for bringing such a great collection under one roof. - Naveen Unni

  • 1208620

    Always in love with the doors of K R Santhanakrishnan. Just like the bright colours that he picks up. The process of buying was good. I liked it for it was very simple & quick without any problems in between. - Naazneen Karmali

  • 1208470

    Thank you artist and the gallery. I have received the painting in a good condition. Wonderful artwork and wonderful services. Thanks again! - Saurav Jain

  • 1192510

    It was my first purchase and I can say it was 'smooth as silk'. Thanks Mojarto.com for creating a platform to facilitate and promote purchase and sale of art and also to keep us updated on the art world.Very excited to receive the painting, it is visually appealing with a nice theme. - Carl Fernandes

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  • About Artist



    I am Kumbakonam based artist from Tamil Nadu, India. My work revolves around the entrance of a home--"the Doors" . For the past 18 years I have been painting on this theme. The concept “doors” was for me to give the next generation what is disappearing from today's world as well as to bring back memories for many. In this fast moving world, I want them to stop for a moment to recollect their past. I know and believe that a door speaks volumes. It can either be wide open inviting you in with warmth and happiness or it can be closed or hide a million secrets. A door says words that man cannot say.


    As a typical south Indian artist from Tamilnadu, I believe in treasuring the heritage and culture that our ancestors built. What speaks more about our culture and heritage than the adobe we live in? It tells us about the past and the voices that echo in the rooms inspire me to paint the first vital aspect of a house - The Door.

    Some of my doors open into an interior with tulsi tharas in the inner courtyards with milk cans, kerosene lamps, wooden boxes, clothes drying …faint white numbers and letters on the doors are clues about the inhabitants of those residences. The corporation numbers, ward numbers, electricity board connection numbers. For instance, P 26 indicates that polio drops were given to a child in the house under the immunization programme of the government.

    Some of my closed doors with a huge lock show faded house numbers and painted advertisements. Through this I want to depict the lives of the people living behind these doors. Most of my doors are not from urbanized cities but from the rural homes that I grew up watching every day. Today, I paint more wooden, soot covered, kumkum and turmeric marking covered doors because they fascinate me more than the fancy stained glass doors. I believe "Each door has tale to narrate of the house, its owners and their lives. Even the exterior surfaces of the doors have myriad tales to narrate".

    Some of my works shows the treatment of sidewalls adjacent to the doors, appropriating the space as a canvas for the representation of popular culture. By recreating a strong tactile feel of the old withered or dirty plastered walls, and its surface painted with imagery derived from popular culture as film posters of the 70s, the ubiquitous images of the goddesses from Ravi Verma’s calendar art, just to bring the memories of those childhood days.




  • Academics

    1993-98 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bharathidasan University, Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam.

    1998-2000 Master of Fine Arts, Madras University, Government College of Arts & Crafts, Chennai.

  • Exhibitions



    One Man Show
    2015 : Open Doors, Indigo Blue Gallery, Singapore
    2013 : Duvaar, Shrishti art gallery in Hyderabad
    2012 : Traveling Doors , Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore.
    2011 : [Re]creating Authenticity, Focus art Gallery, chennai.
    2010 : Art Singapore 2010, suntec city, Singapore.
    2008 : Open Doors , Art smartagallery in Trivandrum.
    2008 : beyond the threshold lalit kala akademi in chennai.
    2006 : The Doors ,focus gallery in chennai.
    2002 : Doors of India, Manasthala Art Gallery in Chennai.


    Two Man Shows
    2012 : Beeja, Ayatana Gallery, Pune
    2010 : Ways of Life ,Shrishti Art Gallery in Hyderabad.
    2008 : Travel India ,Shrishti Art Gallery in Hyderabad.
    2004 : Art Expressions ,Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath Art Gallery in Bangalore.
    2003 : Visions of India, Palazzo Art Gallery in Chennai.


    Group Shows
    2015 : Kaleidoscope show, at Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore.
    2015 : Art at INDIA HOUSE, at Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi.
    2015 : “Indian Artist Show” at Visual Arts Centre, Hong kong (hosted by Gallery Sumukha)
    2015 : “Art is in the Air” at Gallery of Light Ductac, Dubai (hosted by Art Zest)
    2015 : “Art Aesthetics & Utility” at Gallery Space, Hyderabad
    2015 : “The New Romantics” at Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore
    2014 : “Across The Border” at Asia House, London (hosted by Art Zest)
    2014 : “India Art Month Show” at Art Hub, Abu Dhabi
    2013 : “Ethnic concurrence” at Asian Art Gallery, Boston. United States.
    2013 : New England American India Foundation Gala Art Auction at Renaissance Waterfront Hotel, Boston
    2013 : “ART FOR LIFE- 2” Fund Raiser For Uttrakhand Survivors, DLF Foundation,Gurgaon.
    2013 : Dakshin, Kynkyny Art Gallery , Bangalore.
    2013 : ART FOR LIFE-3, Lalit Kala Academy, NEW DELHI.
    2013 : “unseen places, unheard places, missing identities”.Apparao Galleries at Four Seasons Hotel,Mumbai.
    2013 : India on Canvas, Blue Penny Museum, Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis, Mauritius.
    2013 : Concurrents , Alankritha Gallery, Hyderabad
    2013 : Vivid Strokes, Art Zest Gallery, Dubai.
    2013 : 50 under 50, kynkyny Art Gallery in Bangalore.
    2012 : Indian Contemporary Art Exhibition,Pravasi Bharatiya Divas , School of Fine Arts Gallery, Moka,
    Mauritius
    2012 : Bold & Beautiful, Artzest Gallery, Dubai.
    2012 : Eclectic Reflections,Alankritha Gallery,Hyderabad.
    2012 : Resonance, Dhoomimal City Gallery, New Delhi
    2012 : Joint India & Vietnam artistic show, Hanoi, Vietnam.
    2010 : Art aids Show in Park Sherton, Chennai & Muse art gallery, Marriott, Hyderabad.
    2010 : Dakshin in Kynkyny Art Gallery, Bangalore.
    2010 : Art Smart Collection in Art Smart A Gallery, Trivandrum.
    2010 : Southern Scapes in Grand Trunk Road Gallery, Singapore.
    2010 : 18 BY 18 Apparao Gallery, Chennai.
    2010 : Art Taipei 2010 in Taiwan.
    2010 : Art Bengaluru Contempary Art Festival,UB City, Bangalore.
    2009 : SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL in kynkyny Art Gallery in Bangalore.
    2009 : Art Smart Collection in Travancore Art Gallery in Delhi.
    2009 : Indian Art Exhbition in Capital Art Gallery in Taipei, Taiwan.
    2009 : Madras Week Celebration show in Dakshinachitra Art Gallery in Chennai.
    2009 : Shrishti Art Gallery in Calicut.
    2009 : JSL Auction & co. Show in Taipei, Taiwan.
    2009 : Miles Apart in Point of View Gallery in Mumbai.
    2008 : Indian art in Capital art centre in Taipei, Taiwan.
    2008 : Enduring images in Athreyaa art gallery in chennai.
    2007 : Hues of south in Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath in Bangalore.
    2007 : Hues of south in Vinnyasa Art Gallery in Chennai.
    2007 : mfd : may 07 collaborative project show in museum gallery in mumbai.
    2006 : Hues of south show in museum gallery in mumbai.
    2002 : Mamallapuram Group Show in Manasthala Art Gallery in Chennai.
    2000 : Russian Cultural centre in Chennai.
    1999 : Thuriga - III Chitram Art Gallery in Cochin.
    1999 : M.F.A Students shows Lalit Kala Academy in Chennai.
    1998 : Thuriga - I search through medium in Kumbakonam.
    1998 : Thuriga - II Karnataka Chithrakala Parishath Art Gallery in Bangalore.
    1997 : Futurist , Karnataka Chithrakala Parishat in Bangalore.

    Camps
    2016 - Art for Impact, Dr Reddy’s Foundation in association with Gallery Space, Hyderabad.

    2014 – Indian Art Month, Residency, Art Hub, Abu Dhabi
    2012 - Joint India & Vietnam artistic workshop, Hanoi, Vietnam.
    2012 – Indian Painters art camp organised by Dhoomimal City Gallery, Shanghai & Beijing, China.
    2010 - Kynkyny Art Camp, Bangalore.
    2010 - "Art Smart" A Gallery Camp, Azhimala, Trivandrum.
    2007 - Art festival 2007 all india artist camp in lalit kala akademi, Chennai.

  • Award & Recognition

    2000 State Award given by Tamilnadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu & Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai.

    1997 Appreciation Award given by Directorate of Art and Culture.

  • Testimonial

    My association with Mojarto is on and from March 2013 only, but in this short time span the great team of the website  helped me to sell two of my Paintings, I feel relaxed that now I can focus more on my works and leave the process of marketing and showcasing to a large number of visitors world wide to the experts of Mojarto, and I think most artists feel like me. One more thing I would like to mention, I received offers from some other online art galleries, but I never thought twice to refuse due to more than satisfactory service of the team " Mojarto.com". Prosperity of Mojarto is essential for prosperity of all who create Art and who appreciate it.

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