Kings from different regions and their proudy egoistic moustache is replaced by four hands that lets a pigeon fly freely in the sky. This art is a strike on the patriarchal society and conveys a beautiful message. “A man’s actual strength is not calling for a war or fights he brings to win, but to think how he can covert the possibilities of having a war into a peace to save many lives and no one gets hurt,” explains artist K. Santosh Raman.
In order to encourage the local artists from Coimbatore district, a twin art show, ‘Meet Coimbatore Artists 2017’, an exhibition cum sale of paintings by artists was conducted in the month of March, 2017 at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Art Gallery in Coimbatore.
Artist K. Santosh Raman has displayed 22 paintings on three different themes. A spiritual touch on the canvas, the powerful combination art on deities— Shiva, Buddha and Hanuman is mesmerizing. The calm Buddha and the hyperactive Shiva in one frame, another canvas has a combination of Shiva Buddha and Hanuman in the center.
‘Verbalize the truth of the speech’ – a man his mouth tied with a white piece of cloth. “Until you don’t speak about yourself you cannot be known. I lost many things in life when I didn’t market myself,” says Santosh.
‘Attitude is decision’ – a woman’s face is tied around with a stem of a red rose. “People say you have attitude and they get judgmental. I say, it is a good thing to have attitude but, the moment you figure our where and which way to apply it, you master it. Without attitude we cannot survive in this life,” he says.
There is a foot in place of eye-brows, an upside down nose on the entire face, lips are inverted. People made rules and taught us things and we are given no choice but accept it, follow it and pass it on to the next generation. “We blindly follow; the message here is we have to utilize our own brains to understand the logic in everything without just following the crowd,” said Santosh.
Rural women walk miles carrying multiple pots on their heads and hands to fetch water for their family in the blazing heat. A little girl is waiting for the dried up water tap to fill her little palms drop by drop. Farmers have no business, crops are burnt in the blazing sun and land is dead dry, cattle is the field are skinny as there is no food to feed on. Bringing the hot topic of the moment— water crisis is the focus of artist T. Mathiniraiselvan who has displayed his 27 paintings. These are realistic, life of villagers living near Coimbatore district are portrait with oil and acrylic colours on canvas.