“Landscape is a piece that is emotional and psychological.” – Jim Hodges
In over a decade’s time, Sujith S. N. has carved a niche for his practice by the portrayal of surreal landscapes in watercolour. His very recent works are presently exhibited by Delhi-based Vadehra Art Gallery in its first-ever virtual show ‘Act II: Emphasizing Stillness’. The title suggests inspiration derived from David Hockney’s noted painting ‘Picture Emphasizing Stillness’.
In this recent series, Sujith, in his signature style, has captured frozen moments, time that is laden with tension, uncertainty and enormous possibilities. While some of the objects and architectural structures in the paintings seem familiar, they, at the same time, evoke a sense of foreignness and surreality. This eerie stillness, in some way, echoes the present time of the pandemic.
Sujith S. N. has received his Bachelor’s degree from the College of Fine Arts, Thrissur, University of Calicut (2005) and Master’s degree from the Sarojini Naidu School of Arts and Communication, University of Hyderabad (2007). Since 2008, his work has been showcased in several solo shows, including The City and the Tower, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai (2008); Map Is not the Territory, Latitude 28, New Delhi (2010); Psalms of Silence and Dark, HSLU, Switzerland (2011); Stains of Stimuli, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai (2014); and Archipelago, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi (2017). Sujith was conferred with the Kerala Lalit Kala Academy special mention award in 2004, and the Foundation of Indian Contemporary Art emerging artist award in 2011. He is presently based in Mumbai.
The exhibition continues through 18th September on Vadehra Art Gallery website
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