Monday, January 18, 2010

T.V. Santhosh


Essays by

Shaheen Merali

Brigitte Ulmer

Alexander Keefe

Santhosh S.


148 pages with more than 85 colour plates
Pages with text 32

Publishers The Guild and Jack Shainman Gallery

Blood and Spit, a new volume on T. V. Santhosh covers works from 2007 to 2009, encompassing works from four of his solos – Blood and Spit, Living with a Wound, A Room to Pray and Countdown. The publication includes essays by prominent writers, cultural theorists and art critics- Shaheen Merali, Brigitte Ulmer, Alexander Keefe and Santhosh S.

T.V. Santhosh’s works have been exhibited at many international art galleries and museums. Some of his prominent museum shows are Dark Materials curated by David Thorp, India Xianzai, MOCA, Shanghai, China, Passage to India, Part II: New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection, at Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK and Continuity and Transformation, Museum show, by Provincia di Milano Italy.

While T.V. Santhosh’s work is conceptually based, Santhosh’s use of deeply saturated colour and fluid edges bring the viewer to an elevated state of mind and adds an unnerving quality to the paintings. The tightness of the frame and forcibly close vantage point harkens back to the film noir genre bringing the viewer to a reflective state. His images depict chaos and paranoia relating to current media coverage of contemporary events. His exploration demonstrates a reality on the verge of explosion as if time had been stopped. Simultaneously, the work is profoundly human and cerebral. Although the paintings are extremely current, they have become universal as we live with an over saturation of imagery and rapid exchanges of ideas. People of all contexts and backgrounds can relate to their pictorial approach.

Price Rs. 2,500/- + postage Rs. 500/- in India.

International USD 58 + USD 20 for supply.

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