Kerala’s rich mural tradition has found a sudden resurgence of late, thanks to the many noted mural artists and connoisseurs who have strived to bring it back to life. But theme-wise, the art seems to have been restricted to the Hindu mythology, though there have been attempts to adopt other themes for the art form.
V.R. Krishnan from Palakkad is known for his attempts to be different by incorporating themes from the Bible in his paintings.
‘Panchavarna,’ his exhibition of paintings that began at the Kerala Lalithakala Akademi art gallery here on Tuesday, features line drawings of the 14 stages of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
Having grown up around a temple, murals had inspired Mr. Krishnan from a very young age. He went on to study the art at the Institute of Mural Painting of the Guruvayur Devaswom and the Vastu Vidya Gurukulam in Aranmula. He is a recipient of Certificate in Mural Painting under Canada-India Institutional Cooperation Project and has conducted many exhibitions across Kerala and other States.
Through the crucifixion series, the artist intends to shift focus to the lines in mural art which are considered equally or even more important than the colours used in them.
He also intends to pay tributes to Jesus Christ whose teachings transcend religions.The drawings are made on canvas using red paint, the primary stage of creating a mural painting.
The exhibition will conclude on April 1.