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Laxma Gaud (India)
21 Aug 1940
Gift Laxma Gaud
4.8 x 6.9 Inches
Engendering the Art
Laxma Goud is one of India’s longest-reigning painters having made a splash with his erotic themes in the 1960s. He has been shortlisted as India too artist for the past five decades. He is also recognised for his determined yet graceful lines in drawings and especially etchings: his intaglio prints are much sought after and are distributed in a limited edition numbered and signed by the artist.
This particular intaglio print has been dedicated by the artist to Ms Aashna Abrol, Co-founder of Pozo Art. The print was created at Goud’s art camp in Bhubaneswar. Goud believes the art camps are pivotal for the growth of the artist. He believes it is important for artists to congregate and collaborate. Also the art camp is important because it keeps presses specifically for printing making and graphic design as well as all other required materials for the artist. Also, the art camp houses many individual studios.
This intaglio print gifted to Ms Abrol is of a tribal woman. Born in Nizampur Andhra Pradesh in 1940 Goud’s art finds its impetus in the people of Andhra Pradesh especially the tribal men and women.
In his style using a blend of powerful strokes and delicate lines Goud creates a dramatic portrait of a rural woman paying attention to the details of her clothing texture, and the heavy chunky ornaments she is wearing.
The face takes up the space of the entire print thus Goud’s exceptional precision and methodical drawing techniques are displayed with power, thought and wit.
The print composition has been made in the art camp utilising the metal plate printmaking techniques which include: etching the actual lines of the drawing. Goud has employed the drypoint technique. Though the drypoint technique is used to create a fuzziness and blur effect, it can also be used in conjunction with other methods to create dark accents. Here we can see the outline of the face has a darker bolder angular line as do some of the embellishments worn by the woman.
Drypoint would have also been used to sketch in the initial drawing.
After-which the lines of the print are engraved or incised below the surface of the plate.
Goud has used the traditional and complex methods of aquatinting and mezzotinting to achieve the tonal areas with varying graduation of colour. The watercolour effect in each of the blue and ochre hues is realised with the aquatint process. A mode by which a copper plate is etched with nitric acid to which resin and varnish may be added to produce areas of tonal shading.
Thus, the print is a feast of colour adding depth and texture to the portrait and making Goud’s art visually stimulating and interesting. Though this is an intaglio print one gets the feeling of viewing a watercolour painting by Goud due to his distinctive and spectacular craftsmanship which takes the glory of his coloured drawing to greater heights offering the illusion of depth, nuance and deep emotion to his abstract realistic genre.