6 March 2023
B NAGESH GOUD / ARTIST
B. Nagesh Goud is known for creating striking artworks inspired by the great Indian epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata.
He variously uses the symbols and blends with strong hues with detailed imagery and portrays figurative, semi-abstract and abstract creations with vivid shadows.
Ancient stories from our mythology are an inherent aspect of the artist’s repertoire and the illustrative narratives within the face and body resonate the strong colours and imagery of the traditional ‘shadow puppet theatre’ flourished in the region.
“The subject matter of the works too is inspired by traditional leather puppetry. The works rejuvenate the visual interpretations of stories picked up from the epics, Mahabharata and Ramayana. The ever so popular characters from the epics come to life in a new light and stance in my works. I creates an exquisite stage for my ‘Nayak’ and ‘nayika’ so that they can exemplify their strengths and spirits at the very best”.
He has managed to create a niche for himself by interweaving the traditional craft with intricate patterns, floral clusters and motifs in an intelligent splendour of creative contemporary visual art.
“The linear rhythm of the ‘thollu bommalata ‘gets recreated in my paintings and sculptures. The “Line” intricate and lyrical, bold and sensitive carves out the silhouettes of the figures and then turns inside the form to define the details in a specifically aesthetic and creative manner. The features of the characters are sharp, defined and finely chiseled. The huge, soulful, almond shaped eyes are the most prominent feature of the portraits. The line boldly yet lyrically runs over the coloured areas and while doing so it connects the different colour planes into a single entity, weaving them together with intricate patterns, floral clusters, motifs and suggestive jewelry,” he narrated his intricate style of creating art.
Nagesh Goud has participated in many exhibitions and camps all over India and abroad including the Solo Show – A Perfect Tale at Mumbai Tulika Arts Gallery, A Perfect Tale II- Krishala Arts Bangalore, Traveling Show at Prakrit Arts Gallery Chennai and Katha at Tulika Arts Gallery Mumbai.
In 2020, B. Nagesh Goud curated an exhibition titled ‘Gaja’, showcased 25 painted sculptures of elephants and contributed the sale proceeds for the upkeep of elephant Sita at the Nehru Zoological Park.
In 2022, an Art show titled Kurma was curated as a follow-up to ‘Gaja’, exhibiting tortoise sculptures painted by 15 eminent artists all over the country. The artists adopted six pairs of tortoises that include a pair of Galapagos Tortoises and a pair of Aldabra Tortoises that are aged over 90 to 120 years in the Nehru Zoological Park, Hyderabad.
He is the recipient of many awards including from Hyderabad Art Society, Lalit Kala Samiti, Siddipet and Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University (JNTU) Hyderabad.
He studied Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) from JNTU, Hyderabad.
He is a Gold Medallist from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University (JNTU) Hyderabad.