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Mammoth moves

Expressionistic undertones and passion for change mark Manohar's recent work


MAKING MAMMOTH paintings and sculptures has been such a passion with Ch. Manohar that it has earned him a mention in the Limca Book of World Records. It has also prompted the 34-year-old artist to journey into the vast arena of exploration — shifting media effortlessly: painting, sculpture, printmaking and installation, all reign in top priority with Manohar, each medium surfacing as a significant work of experimentation and indulgence from time to time, vouching for the artist's shifting tendencies and passion for change.

This year, Manohar exhibits his works in acrylic on canvas at the Shrishti Art Gallery. With the multi-layered large format works in terms of the visible strife — between the artist, the medium in use, the surface and the concept, Manohar emerges as a combatant, generous and skilful with his personal resources as a thinker and an artist. The omnipresent element of `meta physical' is subdued, dominated by a more `organic' and `human' element, giving an appealing newness to the large works.

`Yes, we are following', the large canvas depicting a prominent Gandhi followed by a mob of inverse human beings and areas symptomatic of confusion and conflict, is a pall bearer of Manohar's thoughts who says, "my art revolves around human conflict with his/her surroundings. Strife, discord, disunity provoke debate and argument with human manoeuvres with nature. "

A postgraduate from Hyderabad Central University, Manohar's 16 feet Monumental sculpture can be seen at the Kakatiya Urban Authority and his public sculptures in Warangal and Vijaywada. His works are in many collections across the country and abroad. A participant in many national camps and exhibitions, he is now engaged in preparing to do his doctorate dealing with `Figuration in the 20th Century' in the United Kingdom.

The Exhibition is on at Shrishti Art Gallery daily between 11.00 am and 7.00 pm till October 23.

B. PADMA REDDY

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