Watercolor by itself plays a role of ‘alternative-practice’ to TV Santhosh’s oil paintings, which deal with the images resulted out of a series of clarifications and deliberations. The artist says that it is his praxis of rather arriving at a solution that is capable of problematizing the notions of reality as projected by the news media reportage.
Most of TV Santhosh’s imagery is driven in an impassive way, he even calls them ‘rational paintings’ and not expressive of the personal state of mind, in order to trace and decode the ‘hidden implications’ of the images he paints. While, watercolors as a medium allow him to be rather spontaneous, he formulated a method that works as a balancing act of both extremes of precision as well the accidental nature of the medium. TV Santhosh’s method does not employ second or third layers yet brings out all the possible subtle tonal gradations evoking a lucid, poetic and sometimes strange, enigmatic aura. Each image appears to be emerging out of the gloom illuminated with a splash of light. Thus, seemingly repetitive images do explore a new experience in each case as if the images are sequentially animated throughout.
This artwork description is an excerpt from Latitude 28‘s artist page on TV Santosh.
Born in 1968 in Kerala, T.V. Santhosh completed his Bachelor’s degree in fine art, specializing in sculpture, from Kalabhavan, Santiniketan, in 1994. He then studied at the Faculty of Fine Arts of M.S. University, Baroda, completing his Master’s degree in the same there in 1997. T.V. Santhosh’s first solo show ‘One Hand Clapping/Siren’ was presented by the Guild Art Gallery at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2003. Santhosh has since held several solo shows including ‘Blood and Spit’ at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, in 2009; ‘Living with a Wound’ at Grosvenor Vadehra, London, in 2009; ‘A Room to Pray’ at Avanthay Contemporary, Zurich, in 2008; ‘Scars of An Ancient Error’ at the Singapore Art Fair in 2006; ‘False Promises’ at Grosvenor Gallery, London, in 2005; and ‘Unresolved Stories’ at Nature Morte, New Delhi, in 2004. Santhosh has also participated in group shows like ‘Expressions at Tihar’ at Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, in 2009; ‘Passage to India, Part II: New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection’ at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, in 2009; ‘My Little India’ at Marella Gallery, Beijing, in 2009; and ‘Where In The World’ at the Devi Art Foundation, New Delhi, in 2008-09. The artist was awarded Kerala Lalit Kala Academy State Award, a National Scholarship and the Kanoria Scholarship, Ahmedabad, all in 1997.The artist lives and works in Mumbai.
This artist bio has been sourced from Latitude 28 .