maandag 22 november 2010

Shibu Natesan

In large-scale paintings, Shibu Natesan combines media images with natural vistas that typically include wild animals. Using unexpected combinations and sources, Natesan confronts the viewer with symbols that are vaguely familiar on their own, yet in juxtaposition to each other evade direct connections to the real world. Familiar images are combined with bold, colorful palettes to enhance Natesan’s unique, collage-like compilations – the result is a mixture of hyper-realism and fantasy.

After studying at the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum, India, in the 1980s (a period marked by a visual rebellion against the art establishment), Natesan’s first series, entitled “The Futility of Device,” was based on photographs of archaeological remains. Later, during a residency at the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam, he created the “Missing” series, rendered in the painstaking photo-realist style that would become his trademark. In his most recent works, Natesan continues to challenge preconceived notions of recognition and memory by expertly displacing and recontextualizing familiar symbols.
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