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KS Radhakrishnan(India)

Born 1956

Provenance 

Directly acquired from the artist.

Title

Ganesh playing Cricket

Medium

Cast in Bronze

Year

2020

Size

4.25 x 2.75 x 6.25 inches

K.S. Radhakrishnan completed his undergraduate degree in Changanacherry before joining Santiniketan in 1973-1974 where he made important contacts in the art community. Here he pursued formal training at the prestigious art college, Kala Bhavan, of Viswas Bharati University. At this time, he was mentored by two important artists of Indian Modernism-Ramkinkar Baij and Sarbari Roy Choudary.

 

He seemed to have a natural affinity to sculpture and was selected as a youth: given the award of a National Scholarship offered by the Government of India in 1978, which began his long odyssey to Mumbai- Delhi and his path to celebrity and spotlight on his achievements which are a tour-de-force in themselves and show the support of a force of purpose, hard-work, ethos, curiosity, and wealth of knowledge which is indisputable. Reticent by nature, his art speaks what "cannot be said. Or has been left unsaid." 

 

Radhakrishnan is amongst a few eminent sculptors who has distinguished himself as a visionary in shaping movement with metal. This artist with 'mettle' has found his muses in the spiritual and often turns to the Gods of strength and character in Hindu mythology for inspiration. After a hiatus from the Mumbai art exhibition scene which lasted five years, Radhakrishnan reappeared with vibrancy and chutzpah at Mumbai's iconic Jehangir Art Gallery in 2018 with a quiet yet powerful exhibition titled: "The Song of Small Things." where the young Lord Ganesh appeared in his sculpture "Ganesh Playing Cricket". The links to his heritage place are undeniable and display the thought process of the artist and his journey in an illustrious career spanning 50 years.

 

The sculpture is cast in bronze and is one example of the artist displaying his quirkiness and empathy in having Lord Ganesh play India's national sport. The childlike qualities of the artist through his figures flirt with idea that freedom of movement gives flight to the simplicity and poignancy of childhood. His intelligence and acumen for tapping in on our innermost memories reflect the artist. One can imagine Radhakrishnan as a young teenager playing cricket with his friends in a maidan in the Kottayam district of Kerala where he was born in 1956. 

 

The sculpture displays the prowess and detailing in making sure each piece is consummate in complexity while its total effect is minimal and almost effortless. That is true art. The artist made the viewer believe he was able to create without thought.

 

Bringing life to Lord Ganesh in bronze, Radhakrishnan, gives Him human qualities creating a personification in form and content that exemplifies a kaleidoscope of movement bridging the qualities of godliness: guidance, wisdom, leadership, thoughtfulness, purpose, strength with sportsmanlike qualities: perseverance, temerity, endurance, duty, effort.  The importance of this sculpture can not be overstated in the chronological development of contemporary India-specific art. 

 

The artist creates a "happy" mood as he shows the euphoria of Ganesh stretching to the skies under the watchful guidance of God giving him space in his euphoria.

 

Not a newbie to the art scene in Mumbai, Radhakrishnan is considered a senior in Mumbai who is not only a popular figure in his native state but also a prominent celebrity in the international art community as he is one of a handful of artists in India that casts predominantly in bronze and has been recognized for his ability and skill. He constantly keeps involved and likes to conduct regular workshops with new artists as well as travel abroad for group and solo exhibitions.

 

He has had several solo shows including the National Gallery of Modern Art (Bengalaru), Centre des Bonds de Mame, LePerreaux-Brysur-Mame (France). Lalit Kala Academy (New Delhi) and Birla Art Academy (Kolkata).

 

He has also exhibited in many imminent international art exhibitions such as: Triennale India (1990), Salon International de la Sculpture Contemporaine de Nouveau Forum de Halles, Paris (1995), Hippodrome de Longchamps Paris (1996), Espace Michel Simon-Noisey le grand France (1996), Beijing Biennale (2012). His open-air sculptures rise like falcons from the earth in India and abroad with a sculpture at the TMI Foundation at Cotignac, France.

 

Radhakrishnan lives and works in Delhi, India.