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By Manjunath Kamath
Diptych; acrylic and oil on canvas
Each signed and dated ‘Kamath 07’ on the reverse
Size (overall): 275 x 336.2 centimetres (108.25 x 132.38 inches)
Estimated price: $10,000-15,000

Born in India, Manjunath Kamath (b 1972), creates his own version of life by portraying a fragmented reality in his paintings. He explores logic and aesthetic qualities of emptiness in his art. Kamath was raised around the South Indian ritual practice of Yakshagana, a traditional performance which involves a plot, dancing and brightly coloured costumes. What was most appealing to him was the dynamism and bustling atmosphere which filled the air when the event was over. Ultimately, this became a source of inspiration for his work which is a combination of techniques, vibrant colours and an array of mediums.

Kamath’s artistic stimulation was also fuelled by the dream-like canvasses of Indian artist Prabhakar Barwe. The depth and creativity behind his paintings is evident when one considers the titles of his solo exhibitions: Something Happened, Gallery Espace, New Delhi, 2006 and About Something (one man show), Shridarani Gallery, New Delhi, 1996.

The playful freedom evident in these two paintings (which form one work) reflect Kamath’s approach: “I can play in my own space, I can place my images as I want, and I can create unbelievable stories that you have to believe.”

First published in the Adbuzzzz section of the DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on March 18, 2012.