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Modern & Contemporary Indian Art II Modern & Contemporary Indian Art II PRADEEP PUTHOOR (B. 1965)
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Puthoor's work is an interesting juxtaposition of the ancient and contemporary, spiritually and scientific, fantasy and real, abstract and narrative, that merge together as a collection that is aesthetically pleasing, effectively communicative, compellingly thrilling and embellishingly decorative all at the same time. Endowed with numerous symbolic images and signs such as a creeper or tree to suggest growth and wish-fulfillment, lingam and yoni that are symbolic of erotic desire and beauty, birds in flight signifying human desire for fanciful delight and robotic figures that point to the digital age; his work is an expression of joy and festivity as well as a concern for nature and issues that confront contemporary society.
He does not however allow his ideas to over burden the image, which remains his prime driving force. A fanciful play off imagination with reality continues to be the focus for Pradeep Sukamaran Puthoor's creative oeuvre, which he says has been influenced by Henry Rousseau.
Puthoor is a shy man who continues to work quietly from his hamlet in a remote part of south India. Not seen in the arts circle and unmindful of the market trends or buyers' expectations or the spectators' interpretations, the joy of drawing and painting is the prime prompter for his brush strokes and focus. “My approach and treatment is a spontaneous. I let my mind shape what I create on the canvas”. - Sushma Bahl, re-printed from Gallerie Nvya's 'Magical Mingled Mangled – The Art of Pradeep Puthoor'.