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Artists

Anil Thambai



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SHOWS WITH ART ALIVE GALLERY
@rt Virtually Real
 Curated by Georgina Maddox
 15th September 2012 - 20th October 2012
 

Art Alive Gallery
Plot No. 120, Sector 44
Gurgaon 122002




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Statement

Anil’s slightly desolate landscapes evoke a meeting ground of the European masters and the Indian miniaturists. They are part tableaux, part study of nature. These landscapes are often peopled by comical, sometimes dry and witty characters that contemplate the folly of mankind. His dark humour comments on the global while it keeps in mind the colonial. Whether it is the black Taj Mahal, the famed rampaging elephant driven mad by the Indian summer, referenced from a Kota miniature, or the band of monkeys who have come upon a suitcase of clothes and appear to be trying them on; his brand of humour is dark. Anil is part of the ArtAlive Emerging Artists online community of artists and he sees the internet not just as a communication tool but as a medium of knowledge. He features some of the internet signage like ‘buffering’, ‘downloading’ and ‘wait’ on his canvases to indicate that he too is influenced by internet culture.  



Biography

Born in 1980 he received his BVA in Painting from the College of Fine Arts, Trivandrum in 2005 and MVA in Painting from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M. S. University, Baroda in 2007.

He has held two solo shows till date, “The Subtle Science of Gaze” at Osmosis Gallery in Mumbai in 2010 and at the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 2006.

He has participated in several group shows like “A4 Arple” curated by Johny ML at Ragini Gallery in New Delhi in 2011, TAD Arts Private Limited presents “11-11-11” in association with BMW in New Delhi in 2011, “Individual Voices” at Artville Contemporary in Bangalore in 2011, “Emergence” at Viewing Room Gallery in Mumbai in 2008, “On Paper” curated by Aparna Roy in Gallery With a Difference in Kolkata in 2007, “Rebel Graffiti” curated by Johny ML at Gallery OED in Cochin in 2007 etc.

He has also participated in camps like the National Artist Camp organised by CGH Earth and Casino Hotel Group in Spice Village, Thekkady, Kerala in 2011; “Sandarbh” – Natural site specific art workshop organised by Chintan Upadhyay in Silvassa, Gujarat in 2010; Art Journey in Thailand in 2008; National Art Meet in Jodhpur organised by the central Lalit Kala Akademi in 2009 etc.

He received the Kerala Lalit Kala Akademi in 2007. Anil now lives and works in Baroda.

 



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