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Akkitham Narayanan???s paintings are geometric configurations of abstract forms. With a predisposition towards the purity of geometry, he creates a fusion of Indian tantrik art and the European geometric art.
According to the artist, geometry comes from earth, a form of universal system, where everything appears simple and straight and therefore, rigid. But if we were to look at it in subjective manner, the perspective would change. Akkitham Narayanan???s creations are abstract in character, reflecting a deeper understanding of the nature and its varied colors and moods. The forms and colors that come repeatedly in his works remind the viewer of the chanting of a hymn, reverberating with the essence of life spirit.
The artist oversees the picture plane with a classification of space through lines, angles, squares, rectangles, and so on. There is a clever use of color within each space, which may be amorphous and smudged in some areas, or sharp in others. The blending of triangles and rectangles has a lyrical, emotive touch. Within these forms one can see thin lines suggestive of the forms of cloud and elements like fire and water. Also seen is the combination of archaic lines reminding one of letters and snakes. The artist has been inspired and influenced by traditional Kerala architecture. His colors come from the mural paintings that had inspired him during his childhood days. The color black that he uses on the canvases too reminds one of ancient Indian wall paintings and murals.
About Meditative AbstractionThe collection features the works of two significant artists of Indian origin: Akkitham Narayanan and John Tun Sein, who have now settled in Paris and Southern Germany respectively. While Akkitham went to the Madras School of Art, John graduated from the Sir J.J School of Arts, Bombay. The works of both artists have a sense of calm about them, which reflect the nature of their creators as well as the influences of Abstract Expressionism in Europe.
In the words of French art historian Christina Burrus, “The mixture of his Indian roots and French culture is a hallmark of Akkitham’s artistic expression. His work reflects his search for the divine, for freedom and for immortality, which finds expression in simple geometrical, abstract, clear forms, the geographical reconciliation of ancestral Indian tradition with an aesthetic born of French cubism.
The warm shimmering tones of his paintings, sometimes highlighted discreetly with gold, communicates the mystery of an age old civilization. Narayanan invites us, in the silence of meditation, to a state of inner peace, in a spirit of universality.”
John Tun Sein
Speaking about his work in his essay "The Painter and the Path", fellow artist Prabhakar Kolte notes that "John Tun Sein is an artist who has never been in a hurry for anything in his life or his profession, patiently travelling to and fro between his creativity and solitude. He places his paintings in a way that would navigate us on the same journey. His works reflect evidence of his meditative accomplishments through painterly solitude. This is completely disclosed in his canvas for true appreciation by the viewer as well as the critic."
Kolte continues, "I call him ‘Little Buddha’ – a believer in non-violence, calmness and quietness, sympathy and love that guide him to discover what goes unnoticed in human life. The tranquility is his default and painting an innate desire."