Monday, September 24, 2007

From illustration to pure abstraction - P S Kumar

Meeting the artist at his leisure, I decided to dig on how he entered his profession. Popularly known only as P S Kumar, in Bengaluru art circle, Sampath after completing Arts from Bengaluru University, ended up pursuing Diploma in Painting at KEN School of Art under the guidance of one of the top eminent artist Late R M Hadapad. At KEN he picked up skills of drawing, painting, lines, mixed media, portraiture, and also used to participate actively in the Kannada poetry recitation and folk singing activities. He was also been instrumental in conducting camps as a camp director for numerous illustration, painting and painting workshops in art institutions and art camps.

He has lectured and demonstrated on topics such as 'role of illustration art and comparative study of traditional and modern sculptures for Lalitha Kala Academy and Shilpakala Academy!

Till today he has held numerous group shows including one in Jahangir Art Gallery, Mumbai as early as in the 90's, Mumbai Kala Yatra, Hyderabad, Mysore Art Council. Designed number of murals, one of them for Southern Railways at Chitradurga. He has attended Graphic Camp at Ken Bengaluru, All India Camp at Chitrakala Parishath - Bengaluru.

Designed publicity material for Kannada films. Chief artist for Kannada Prabha Publication (Indian Express Group) and has illustrated for all major books in Kannada & poetry, leading magazines, media publications, and also documented films on art movement by the senior artists from Bengaluru. He works and lives in Bengaluru and waiting to retire so he could dedicate more time onto his first passion i.e Art...

His figurative line drawings speaks the loudest due to his detailed craftsmanship with good line work and proportional anatomy.

In recent times; he has started a series of paintings on abstract subject, which look very appealing, the sizes of them are 12"x12", with 'oil on canvas' as his choice of medium.

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