Artist's Profile


Artist - Sadanandan Pk
Artist - Sadanandan Pk

Skill and imagination mixed with intellectual acumen to do experiment in painting can make an artist a visionary with superb aesthetic spirituality. Sadaanandan, the well established artist whose vivacity is seen in his composition, colouration and figuration uses a lot of motifs derived from the cultural background of the country. Images become signs of heritage he has acquired through his learning of the intricacies of visual language as well as the tradition he has imbibed. The subtle touch of each colour on canvas is with absolute technical perfection and also with aesthetic sense. Perhaps his training in the traditional style of mural painting of Kerala and also his keen observation of the floor pictures traditionally made of colour powder in kerala have helped him get confidence in experimentation. Not even a single colour is seen in his works without its various tonal aspects . Phenomenal luminosity and dormant movement suggested by the use of tonal variations are so powerful and thoughtful that they at the same time are lyrical and philosophical. It is not the analogy of form, but the amalgamation of colour, form and composition that makes his works what the Indian aestheticians call PAROKSHA (indirect) in PRATYAKSHA (direct). Without being dissolved himself into Nature Sadaanandan cannot create a painting; all his works are synonyms of Nature, not landscape. Birds, animals, plants, village, Nature, mythology, Indian classical literature and sensuous atmosphere along with human figuration make every canvas a statement of the glory of spiritual aesthetics. Many works are narrative in appearance, but they are both classical and romantic at the same time. When Sadaanandan creates colours and forms the onlookers are directed to read the pictures in the chromatic terms of the pictorial structure. When he uses white lines on black background or any other colour, the projection of it is not material, but a kind of lyrical philosophy. When Sadaanandan paints he interprets Nature and each form in the works becomes spontaneously a sign that encodes layers of meaning and imagination. The formal stylization is Indian in essence but universal in its appeal. The two dimensionality of the pictorial surface becomes lively and vibrant by the use of colour, stylised forms and intricate composition. Sadaanandan’s works glide in imagination with two wings, one that of philosophical dream and the other that of chromatic lyricism.The study and research in painting as well as the cultural background of his native land make him a nature visionary in the most contemporary sense Vijayakaumar Menon - (Art Historian)

Vijayakaumar Menon - (Art Historian) - (Art Historian)