V. Ramesh
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Born in Andhra Pradesh in 1958 and graduated in Fine Arts from M.S. University, Baroda following it with a Post Graduation in Fine Arts from the same university. He received the Junior Fellowship from the Department of Culture in1990-93, Sanskriti Award in 1993 and a Senior Fellowship, Department of Culture in 1995-97. V.Ramesh was the first practicing artist to be invited to show solo at the National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore in March 2014. He had a solo show at the American University Museum , Katzen Arts Center , Washingtron DC in 2015

He has been teaching at the Department of Fine Arts, Andhra University, Visakhapatnam, since 1985. Ramesh has always believed in the efficiency of teaching and his work has been sustained and nourished over the years through his interaction with his students.

Among his solo exhibitions are: 
Centre of Contemporary Art, New Delhi, 1990 
Sakshi Gallery, Bangalore, 1991 
Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai 1993,1997 
Gallery Threshold, Visakhapatnam, 1998 
Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, 1988 
Apparao Galleries, Chennai,1998 
Nazar Art Gallery, Baroda, 2000 
“A Thousand and One desires” Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai & Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, 2005 
Painted Hymns Gallery Threshold, Delhi, 2007 
My Heart Would be Enough, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, 2008 
Why Cross the boundary, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, 2011-2012 
Sanctum : a corner for four sisters- Gallery Threshold 2012 
Remembrances of Voices Past, NGMA, Bangalore 2014 
Solo Show at Katzen Arts Center ,American University Museum , Washington Apr - May 2015

He has also taken part in: 
Second Biennial at Havana, Cuba,1982 
Second Biennial of Art, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal,1988 
Sakshi Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai,1992 
Recent Trends in Contemporary Indian Art, Vadehra Art Gallery, 1995 
Mapping Memories, New Delhi, 2008 
India Art Summit 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 ,2014 and 2016 
Revisiting Intuitive Logic, Davos, 2011

Catalogue Essays: 
Sadanand Menon –The Presence of Absence 2015 
Kamala Kapoor, Why Cross the boundary, New Delhi, 2011 
Ranjit Hoskote, Survival Strategies, Cautionary Tales, Thousand and one desires, New Delhi 2005 
Gayatri Sinha, Darshna / Gaze, Painted Hymns, New Delhi, Mumbai, 2007 
Madhu Jain, My heart would be enough, New Delhi-2008 
Georgina Maddox - Sanctum - A Corner for four Sisters – 2011

A 220 page hard bound monograph on the Artist was released in 2011 in New Delhi, at his Alma Mater M.S University Baroda and at NGMA Bangalore.

Book References: 
Rupika Chawla – Ravi Verma – Painter of The Colonial Times 
Contemporary art in Baroda , Edited By Gulam Mohd. Sheikh 
Public Collections - Collection of The National Gallery Of Modern Art

V. Ramesh has developed a distinctive narrative vocabulary rooted in our sacred and literary culture. At a time when Indian Contemporary art is looking westwards for inspiration, Ramesh chose to look inwards. His engaging iconographies lend themselves to powerfully suggestive narratives particularly in terms of literary and sacred traditions. In doing so, they create their own powerful visual vocabulary, compelling the viewer to tend to look deep within even while re-visiting the past. His paintings are large in scale and densely layered. You would need to zoom in the images to understand his technique and layers of meanings.

Artist Note

The journey of one`s existence and work run parallel, feeding and acting on each other. I have, over the years, discarded many hard-held notions. The earlier solidity of the human figure as well as the tight compositions, have way to a blurring of boundaries. These are in a continuous state of flux. Extensive reading of Advaitic philosophy during the last few years has, perhaps, opened up for me perceptions of the unity -- the oneness of being - and - existence -- that exist under the surface of constant change.

Most of my work is imbued with a deep personal reverence, and hints at areas of faith, devotion and transcendence, but it articulates these ideas in an oblique manner,using voices from medieval poetry and imagery culled from mythology. I often use allegory because it can allude to my concerns and what I want to express in a more poetic and potent manner. Allegory allows us multiple readings of the image depicted in the narrative.

To be able to draw the the viewer within, throughthis state of flux, through the layers of paint, images and text. To be able to transcend these outwardly seen and perceived phenomena And, perhaps,to be able to discern and perceptively intuit the truth imbued in the work. But to do this one has to adopt strategies and improvise modes of expression. I even borrow from narratives from traditional sources.

I continue to probe the idea of the ephemeral as well as the evolving aspects of the self quoting lines from medieval devotional poetry as well as metaphorical imagery, I allude to the impermanence of the human body the present work also hints at areas of faith, devotion and transcendence,but it articulates these ideas in an oblique manner, using voices from poetry and imagery culled from mythology.

Threshold released a 220 page monograph on the artist at the National Gallery Of Modern Art, Bangalore and at the MS University Baroda, alma mater to most established Indian artists in 2012.Amongst others who contributed to his book were Ranjit Hoskote, Curator of the first Indian Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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