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Krishna Raj Chonat

A young artist like Krishnaraj adapts his visual language like many of his precursors who have dipped their brushes in the surrealistic and expressionistic palette. His fragmented tableau of a barren landscape is a background, which has elements of a dramatic film-set, vast emptiness of mountains, ruins or the sea – archetypal romantic landscape elements. This vista is lit by dramatic artificial light, to highlight the mysterious and the unknown. His heliographic narratives are fragments, condensed episodes of climatic moments performed by an anti-heroid figure moored in the tableau,

Krishna Raj Chonat

the body is cropped, a part represents the whole. The artist attempts to achieve much while economising, the epic is reduced to a haiku. His inspiration is culled from the deepest recesses of his "I" and is related to his conscience. In a world of common experiences, one digs into oneself into those personal reminiscences jotted down in a personal diary.

The images are autobiographical, its ingredients are shamanistic, and the erotic co-exists with the eerie in magical harmony to enact playful, whimsical and ceremonial scripts. This apocalyptic draws from the popular narrative, magic, dreams and attributes from daily life. The aftermath of war or disaster leaves traces of human presences. Vulnerability and hope triumph heroically. These recurring images appear constantly from the realm of the sub-conscious and he assimilates these ambiguities into his artistic enquiry. It is an endless process to search for new surprises in this unknown maze.

Biodata of Krishna Raj Chonat
Born : 1973
Qualification : B.F.A. (Graphics) (1989-94)
College Arts (CKP), Bangalore.
Post-Diploma (Graphics) (1994-96)
M.S. University (Boroda)
Workshop : 1992 – Printmaking Workshop held by Indian
          Printmakers Guild (Bangalore)
1994 – Printmaking Workshop held by Regional
          Centre (Madras)
1995 – Serigraphy Workshop held by W.Z.C.C.
1995 – Paper Making Workshop conducted by Prof.
          John Babcock (Baroda)
Exhibitions : 1993, 1994 – All India Arts Exhibitions (Bangalore)
1993 – Lalit Kala Academy Exhibitions ( Bangalore)
1993 – "Prints Today" All India Print Exhibition
1995 – Welcom Group Vadodara ( Baroda)
1997 – Inaugural Show (Gallerie, Mareechika), Times
          Group, Cochin
1999 – "The Harmony Show" (Bombay)
Scholarships : 1994 – 96 Karnataka State Lalitakala Academy
1994 Rajkumar Kejriwal Student Scholarship

Works in Public Collections including W.Z.C.C. (Udaipur), Central Lalitakala Academy (Delhi), regional Centre (Madras), Welcome Group (Vadodara) and other private collections in India & Abroad.

 816/2, 5th Cross, 2nd Main, RMS Colony, R.M.V. II Stage, Nagashettihalli Bangalore – 560 094. Ph: 3416297

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