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Painted Weaves: where art and craft meets

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BENGALURU:  Painted weaves, an exhibition of tapestries by artist, S.G.Vasudev at Gallery Sumukha, Wilson Garden started last week and will go on until March 4.

Tapestry is a piece of thick textile fabric with pictures or designs formed by weaving colored weft threads or by embroidering on canvas. The art of tapestry, emerging from a multiplicity of weaving traditions across the world, generated a variety of works, most of them designed for religious or decorative purposes, while some works evolved as reproductions of paintings by renowned artists. Vasudev was inspired by the tapestries created from works by Picasso, Braque and other artists which he saw during visits to Europe. His visit to Marc

Vasudev was inspired by the tapestries created from works by Picasso, Braque and other artists which he saw during visits to Europe. His visit to Marc Chagail’s studio in 1980 and his interaction with the expert stained glass craftsman who had been assisting Chagail for 40 years left a lasting impression on Vasudev and motivated him to seek such an association with an Indian craftsman.



She, a tapestry by S G Vasudev                                                                     BHARATH


Vasudev’s growing desire to render his own paintings and drawings in the medium of tapestry and his meeting with master weaver Subbarayalu in Bangalore in 1995 led to a collaborative venture in which each drew on each other’s artistic mastery and ingenuity to create fresh, original works of art. Vasudev’s knowledge of and respect for crafts and textiles helped in overcoming the inevitable challenges of such a long-term experiment – spanning two decades.

The tapestries are arranged in a manner where it is suspended in the ceiling so the viewers can see both sides of the tapestries. The complexities and beauty of the patterning can be observed on the reverse side of the artwork, which reveals the counts, knots and painstaking process of tapestry. It also highlights the craftsman’s skill and the masterly way in which he handles the threads. According to Vasudev, the back of each tapestry looks totally abstract and can be as attractive as the front view. In this exhibition, the entrance to the show displays the rear end of the tapestry which is as artistic and beautiful as the front. Vasudev also said that he believes there is a thin line between art and craft.

Gallery Sumukha depicts works from all his series, including She, Theatre of Life, Tree and Monkeys, Maithuna and Earthscape, which drew their inspiration from theater, music, and literature. Through this medium, the artist explores the eternal synergy between art and craft, tradition and contemporaneity, man and nature, and fantasy and reality.

“Whether it is man, woman, tree, sky, earth, sun, moon, all have to co-exist. That is what I see in life and that is what I reflect in my work,” said S.G. Vasudev.


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