T. Vaikuntam
b. 1942

Vaikuntam is one of those people you can call ‘Son of the Soil’ and be so right about it. His work being is his very being, the essence of which is a commemoration of a childhood spent in his village of Boorugupali in Andhra Pradesh. His people are his muses, especially the women folk of Telangana.
Every piece of his work is a stirring memory of someone from his past – it may be a group of women conversing or a farm hand or women going about their chores. The artist admits that his obsession with women in particular may be traced back to the time when male artists who used to impersonate female characters in the traveling theatre groups that performed in his village. His works resonate with these figures. Vaikuntam tries to recreate from memory the sensuous vibrancy of the women of his idyllic village.
His women continue to be bold, enticing and vibrant.
He considers composite colors as unnatural or not existing in nature and hence despises their use. Hence all his works are in strong, solid primary colors. The blazing reds, oranges, yellows and greens stand their ground and bring to life people as we would meet should we take a stroll along the by-lanes of Boorugupali.
To consider that the depth and a sense of character he achieves is through the use of those frugal colours and that the end results are so imposing both in their presence and as a memory long after the viewer has left their company is an achievement and articulation of the talent that he is. The artist lives and works in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

Burma Rising

April 29th – May 14th 2017

Burma Rising | First Contemporary Art Show from Myanmar in Boston

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