Monday, August 12, 2013

Artistic journey of a talented young artist

Born in Trichur, Kerala, T.M. Azis was always interested in art. He joined for pre-degree studies, but gave up after a year and enrolled himself at a fine arts college in his home town, but found the methods to be too academic and conventional.

The early failures could have put him off of drawing and painting for good. Instead they only strengthened his resolve. He completed his B.F.A. (Painting) from College of Fine Arts, Trivandurum (1987), and later did a Master of Fine Arts (Painting) from Jamia Milia Islamia, New Delhi (1991).

Moving from his idyllic village to study printmaking in Trivandrum was the first of many significant shifts in his frame of reference. It was like an ‘opening to the entirely different world’ for the artist who was a keen observer of the city life, imbibing influences from it. His first significant show was hosted at the fine arts college gallery, Trivandrum (1986), whereas he had his first solo in Bangalore at the Chitrakala Parishath (1989). After his early studies and a couple of solos, he set out for New Delhi, intending only to travel initially. With the encouragement of renowned painter-sculptor A. Ramachandran his interest gravitated towards the painted canvas during his Masters.

Apart from a series of solo shows since the 1980s, T.M. Azis’s work has featured in several group shows like 'Next...', Amelia Johnson Contemporary, Hong Kong (2010); 'Evidentia', Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore (2009-10); 'Vicissitudes of the Constructed Image', Tangerine Art Space, Bangalore; 'Think Small', Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi; 'Beyond the Form', Bajaj Capital Art House; Visual Art Gallery, Delhi and Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai; 'Mining Minds', Chaitanya Art Gallery, Kochi; 'Life Is a Stage', Institute of Contemporary Indian Art (ICIA), Mumbai; 'The Root of Everything', Gallery Mementos, Bangalore; 'Entity', M.E.C. Art Gallery, Delhi (all in 2009); 'Hot Shots', The Viewing Room, Mumbai (2008-09); and 'Beyond Boundries', courtesy Arushi Arts, Delhi among others.

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