Ganpati by Gopalsamy Subramanian
18 in x 20 in x 0.3 in
Acrylic and Paper Collage on Canvas

Lord Ganesh of curved elephant trunk,
Whose brilliance is equal to billions of suns in intensity,
Always removes all obstacles from my endeavours,
I pray to him with all my revered sincerity.
– Munindra Misra

Ganpati by Gopalsamy Subramanian uses paper and magazine collaging techniques with Acrylic Painting on a canvas, wherein both techniques come together to create the image of Lord Ganesha. The careful consideration put into the dance of colour, texture, proportion and form: celestial blues and greys in nebulous patterns, naturally textured greens and browns, emulating the Impressionist masters, in almost childlike proportions to form an unexpectedly cohesive image of Lord Ganesha.

While the most popular paradigm in art is that artwork should be executed solely in painterly material, this work of art turns that notion on its head, by using a less often used material: paper, which has always appealed more to crafters than artists, and yet doesn’t detract from the powerful Religious Iconography of the piece, begging the question, where does craft end and art begin?

G Subramanian’s artworks are richly detailed collages with abstract backgrounds to represent the subject matter both physically and emotionally. Born in a small village, Thandavankulam, and graduated from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Subramanian uses his memories of his father’s career as a stage artist, his own resultant experience with costume, colour and decoration, his stint as a graphic designer in the Gulf to create these incredibly modern renditions of mythology and devotion, infused with joy, which make up for the majority of his work; with the illustrious ‘She Series’ which is dedicated to the daughter he lost to cancer. His work has been displayed at Art Spice Gallery, New Delhi as a part of the travelling exhibition Divine Interventions, and he has also been awarded the All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society Award in 2000 and the Saudia Malwan GCC Countries Biennale Awards.

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