Venkanna locates the medium of drawing as an appropriate idiom via which he can articulate his artistic concerns. Further, his ‘self’ and ‘body’ serve as the central trope to express this. He neither poses himself as an objective observer nor romanticizes the thematic anxieties. He brings into play de-formed bodies and uses rather insignificant appearing motifs as substitutes of erotic symbols. This assemblage of innumerable images, layered one upon another, implicate the complex nature of his artistic inquiry.
This artwork description is an excerpt from “For-Identity” an exhibition at Gallery Maskara by T Venkanna.
Venkanna holds a Masters in Fine Arts (M.F.A.) in printmaking from the Faculty of Fine Arts, M.S. University of Baroda and Bachelors in Fine Arts (B.F.A.) in painting from J.N.T.U, Hyderabad where he was awarded a Gold medal. The artist was shortlisted for the SKODA prize in 2010 and 2012. His works are in major collections including the Charles Saatchi collection (UK), the Burger Collection (Switzerland/Hong Kong), Swagemakers collection (Netherlands) and many more in America, Japan, Russia Europe and India. The artist lives and works in Baroda, India.
This artist bio has been sourced from T. Venkanna biography on Gallery Maskara .