Thursday, August 23, 2012

What does drive Sujith SN’s artistic foray?

Evolution of talented artist Sujith S N first has been quite interesting. He first enrolled himself in the Indian army, but soon realized he was not mentally prepared for the regimented routine. His brief stint in the construction industry and also the systematic training left their strong imprint on both the formal tendencies and the themes of his work.Here's a quick look at his journey, philosophy and processes as an artist:
  • Born in Baroda in 1980, he completed his BFA from the Fine Arts College, Thrissur and went on to pursue a MFA in painting at the SN School of Fine Arts, Performing Arts & Communication, University of Hyderabad in 2007. 'The City and the Tower' was his debut show at Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai in 2008. Among his recent exhibits are 'Indian Subway' at Grosverner Vadhera Gallery, London (2010); 'Earth' at Gallery OED, Kochi, India (2010).
  • He has been the recipient of the Kerala LKA’s special mention award, 2004; Kerala LKA state award, 2005 and the Merit Scholarship, University of Hyderabad, 2005. ‘Map is not the Territory’, his latest series, denoted urban landscape, its haphazard growth and the resultant deterioration that prompted him to explore the abounding organic architectural forms, springing up in an unplanned labyrinth.
  • An accompanying note to the show courtesy Latitude 28 and Sakshi Gallery mentioned: "Such spaces engender an unease that occupies our mind amid dizzying prospects of unplanned growth, the inevitability of diffusion and the resulting alienation as well as the anxieties of migration – all typical of the murky depths of contemporary urban society. "
  • His choice of medium mostly defines his usage of colors like charred siennas, ochres, grey etc. Elaborating on his experiences of dealing with different shades and his palette, he has stated: “Earlier entering into my work was almost like traversing a tunnel. Whatever bright thing is carried into the space of my drawing, the effect of the work turned to be darkish.”
  • Deft deployment of watercolor medium on paper besides usage of dry pastel, mixed media gauges the intensity of air, light etc that comprises the undertone and atmosphere of event in capture. On occasion he experiments with oils on canvas and photography.

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