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Life-like:K.G. Babu with a painting of his.— Photo: By special arrangement
Life-like:K.G. Babu with a painting of his.— Photo: By special arrangement

The image of the dragon-fly is a recurring motif in K.G. Babu's paintings. “It is a symbol of innocence. A child is born with the innocence of a butterfly. But the training of the modern world mars the innocence,” he says.

He exhibited his paintings at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi recently.

For many years, he did portraits, exhibiting 125 portraits between 2003 and 2005. For the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Thrissur station of Doordarshan, his paintings on Mahatma Gandhi were exhibited. In 2006, he won the Artist Vijayaraghavan Memorial Endowment Gold Medal for the work, ‘Beside the Waves'.

Some of his paintings carry images that his mind gathered during his stay at Athirapilly five years ago.

He opts for hyperrealism while portraying tribal culture. “What I do is not a mere imitation of the original photograph. It is my interpretation of the photograph,” he says.

For this, he uses the method of distortion and exaggeration. His paintings depict the eyes of both humans and the insects in an enlarged fashion. This conveys the harmony between man and Nature.

‘Transition,' an exhibition held by him recently, showcased his portfolio of hyperrealistic paintings on tribal life. Most of his works are modelled on his photographs of tribespeople. “Their lives reflect a profound philosophy. They are one with Nature,” he says.

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