A vision beyond lines and colours

A vision beyond lines and colours


Fixing a steady gaze on a painting which has nothing except closely drawn horizontal lines in different colours certainly creates an illusion.

You can sense chaos as lines seems to be knitted, running into one another, but a closer view gives a feeling of detachment. Such is the work of young abstract artist Yuvan Bothisatuvar, whose work is being exhibited at the ‘The Final Illusion’ exhibition at Art District XIII Gallery.

A native of Thiruvannamalai, Tamil Nadu, Yuvan loves to flirt with new ideas using different materials and substance. His works are inspired by an eclectic mix of beliefs and ideas. 

One of the works, a Glenfiddich bottle turned upside down, signifies cultural shock for the artist – a lad from small town of India acclimatising among urban people. Likewise, the artwork 'After Life' is about achievers whose existence gets etched in history. Interestingly, this huge work has been created using old books, journals and magazines. 

Another piece ‘Ripples’ made in paper and board, creates circular rings which attempts to explain the artist’s view about the impact of good or bad information received from friends. Every word tends to create ripples in his mind like a pebble thrown in a pond. 

‘Illusionary’, 18 equal squares made in paper and wood create illusionistic movements of lines in complimentary colours. ‘Poster’-- Yuvan’s latest work is about the recently held General Election. He artistically reacts to the political slogans along with the failure and success of the politicians’ manifesto.

“In 2013, I was part of the jury that had been deigned to choose the winner of the Emerging Artist of the Year Award. After viewing many hundreds of artworks on the award website - one can adjudge the arduousness that one has to endure if he sets out to figure the details and impressions from a computer interface - I came across Yuvan’s work,” says Veer Munshi, curator of the exhibition.  

“What struck me was that his work exhibited marked shades of influences drawn from the artistic corpus of Gustav Klimt, Victor Vasarely and Jesus Raael Soto.  Yuvan’s work impressed not only me but the jury too who concurred that his works were spectacular and intensively expressive,” he says. 

Undoubtedly, Yuvan was adjudged the best of five to win the honour mega award that included a three months residency at the Glenfiddich distillery associated art school in Scotland. 

The Final Illusion is on view at Art District XIII Gallery, Lado Sarai, from 11 am to 7 pm till August 15. 

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