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Chippa Sudhakar

The Artist

Hyderabad: Chippa Sudhakar executes his fantasies on wood, combining the art of laying colour, with that of carving. A childhood spent in rural areas, and his present residence in a farmhouse studio in Hyderabad, have had an impact on his work, as a result of which, his paintings have a distinct touch of folk art. 

Primarily based on the intricate relationship patterns between men and women, Sudhakar's paintings attempt to explore the nuances of these subtle links. 

Another of his favourite subjects is a dream; water too is an ever-present factor, in the form of rain, streams, boats and fish, a faithful recreation of the reality of village life. Because of the nature of the material he works with, Sudhakar uses natural colours whenever possible. Sepia, ochre, black and beige, in acrylic, are the dominant hues utilised to paint out the figures that he fashions from the plank itself. Metals, such as copper attached with wires, provide a contrasting element of colour as well as texture, relieving the eye from the preponderance of wood. 

Sudhakar graduated with a Diploma in Fine Arts from the J.N.T. University in Hyderabad. From there, he went on to do a Post Diploma in Graphics from the M. S. University, Baroda in 1990. He has been honoured with the Bombay Art Society Award, 1993, the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath Award, Bangalore, 1993, and the award of the Hyderabad Art Society, 1994. He participated in the National Print Exhibition, and the Drawing Exhibition, at the Bank Side Gallery, both in London, in 1995. He has also exhibited in several cities of India. 

- July' 2001

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