What sets V. Ramesh’s work apart are the narratives that inspire and accompany his paintings. “They offer a bridge between my life and my work,” he points out. Frequently, the artist turns to images of the sea and of fishermen in his paintings, people who are born, sustained, live, and die by the sea. The sea, thus, has become a constant theme in his works, and he believes it is a metaphor for time, against which the drama of life unfolds and “is enacted with its myriad nuances. There are fishermen on the canvas and the images are very powerful; they somehow evoke strong feelings in me and there is every possibility that they would open up wider areas of communication,” he explains.
Isolation is a prominent feeling that comes across in most of Ramesh’s works. Describing his new series of works, the artist says, “I continue to probe the idea of the ephemeral as well as the evolving aspects of the self quoting lines from medieval devotional poetry as well as metaphorical imagery, I allude to the impermanence of the human body. The present work also hints at areas of faith, devotion and transcendence, but it articulates these ideas in an oblique manner, using voices from poetry and imagery culled from mythology.”
In his paintings, he recreates dream worlds, comprising landscapes and animals and human beings. Broad brush strokes and thick lines of colour, combined with a grazing technique, characterize his dramatic works.