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Comedy, innocence, tragedy - my Oxford paintings


Space and depth in my paintings
KG Subramanyan Artist
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My paintings probably are influenced from certain kind of images I get from traditional painting sort of a thing, the space system, except in the case of let’s say Chinese landscape, I mean the kind of space there is in Chinese landscape. Well, there is a kind of a fluid kind of space which you rarely see in modern Chinese landscape, which you see only in traditional Chinese landscape, in paintings. If you think in terms of, I mean in my, in the way that I read these things, a lot of Indian painting, the space that you work on is a kind of flat space in which you arrange various incidents of life. It doesn’t have that kind of built up space of this kind. So naturally it covers a lot of ground, flat ground, and that often happens in what I do. While what I see in a kind of traditional European painting, well I see that there is this depth and this stretch together, this three dimensional thing which, it happens in my painting, it happens in bits and pieces. So that is why it is a kind of a multi perspective thing that I generally built up, and like you say, sometimes they are quite crowded.

KG Subramanyan (1924-2016) was an Indian artist. A graduate of the renowned art college of Kala Bhavana in Santiniketan, Subramanyan was both a theoretician and an art historian whose writings formed the basis for the study of contemporary Indian art. His own work, which broke down the barrier between artist and artisan, was executed in a wide range of media and drew upon myth and tradition for its inspiration.

Listeners: Timothy Hyman

Timothy Hyman is a graduate of Slade School of Fine Art, London, in which he has also taught. In 1980 and 1982, he was Visiting Professor in Baroda, India. Timothy Hyman has curated many significant art exhibitions and has published articles and monographs on both European and Indian artists.

Duration: 1 minute, 46 seconds

Date story recorded: 2008

Date story went live: 10 September 2010