Artist explores concept of love & affection through art, sculptures
Tamil Nadu and Chennai are new markets for me. I don’t know how people are going to consider my work and engage with it.
Though artist P Gnana was born and brought up in Neyveli, he never hosted an art exhibition in his homeland (Tamil Nadu) so far. When quizzed about the reason, he chuckles and says, “I was waiting for the right time and guess the time has come!” Gnana is presenting a series of artworks (paintings and sculptures) at a solo exhibition titled Metaphorical Tales in the city.
It focuses on the artist’s deep-rooted connection and love for his childhood memories. “I grew up watching strong bonding around me — between husband and wife, mother and children, and between siblings. When I became an artist, childhood memories started inspiring my work. If you look at my paintings or sculptures, you can notice a strong connection with nature as well. My works are minimalistic, realistic and anyone could easily relate to them,” says the artist.
Gnana, who is settled in Singapore for the past 25 years, runs an art gallery that promotes Indian art and works of South Indian artists. “I have done art shows in Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Tamil Nadu and Chennai are new markets for me. I don’t know how people are going to consider my work and engage with it. My artworks displayed at Art Houz Gallery in Nungambakkam deploy a visual narrative of whimsically-stylised imagery of human figures within the concept of love. This collection of works highlights my pursuit of pioneering new methods of expression built upon foundations of traditional Indian aesthetics,” he adds.