Friday, February 29, 2008

Celebrating the Art of Achuthan Kudallur

Celebrating the Art of Achuthan Kudallur

Film screening on the art of Kudallur
Q&A with the artist
Friday, February 29, 2008, 8pm

London: Eminent painter from Chennai, India, Achuthan Kudallur, will be celebrating the launch of In the Fore 2008, the show in which he is headlining at The Noble Sage Art Gallery, with a special appearance at the gallery. On Friday February 29, 2008, at 8pm, the artist will be present at The Noble Sage for a screening of ‘Red Symphony’, a film on his art, and a special Q&A.

Achuthan Kudallur deserves this spotlight not only because of his ever-strengthening body of abstract paintings but also because his artwork has increased exponentially in investment value in the last two years. Born in 1945, Chennai-based painter Kudallur is unusual as he is almost entirely self-taught, his only art education being a few evening classes at the local college.

Each Kudallur painting takes a colour as its inspiration. He describes each painting with affection as ‘his blue’ or ‘his red’. His works are oddly instinctive and emotional, though always complex to look at. For Kudallur, abstraction is far from an easy way out. Try as he might, he cannot verbalise the process of what happens when he approaches a colour or a single mark on the canvas. He believes that the difficulty of such work is best described by the work itself. In a strange way, this is why Kudallur’s colour paintings continue. They will do so until he feels he has created the purest of messages about his art.

The Noble Sage Art Gallery, 2A Fortis Green, London N2 9EL
(near East Finchley Tube, Northern Line)

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