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Solo exhibition of Kerala artist Tom Vattakuzhi at New York from June 9

- June 5, 2022


Thiruvananthapuram, June 5 (IANS)

Kerala’s noted artist Tom Vattakuzhi’s works will be exhibited at the famous Aicon Art Gallery in New York from June 9th till July 16th. The exhibition named ‘Song of the Dusk’ will be a solitary exhibition of Tom Vattakuzhi. Tom is famous for his work ‘Death of Gandhi’ which became the cover picture of Mahatma Gandhiji’s grandson Tushar Gandhi’s book ‘Lets Kill Gandhi’ .The same work was used by Kerala Finance Minister, Dr. T.M. Thomas Issac as the cover photo of his budget  book for the year 2020-21.

Tom who is a product of MS University, Baroda, and a native of Muvattuppuzha in Kerala is exhibiting his illustrations and paintings during Covid -19 period as well as other paintings and illustrations.

Song of Desk (Death in the time of the pandemic), Girl with Bubbles, Girl in a Room, Yellow Sky, The Mystique, A Palm Sunday Rehearsal. The portrayal of the events by the painter takes the viewer to a different level and the chemistry of colours is properly exploited by the noted painter and illustrator.

The pictures can now be viewed at www.aicongallery.com. While the exhibition of his portraits and illustrations will be held at the aicongallery from June 9th, he is uncertain about his trip as he has to stand with his ailing mother at home.

Tom in a statement said, “ If one asks me what I paint, I would shrink away as I do not have a straight answer. I don’t work to befit myself in any political or ideological tag. For me, art is a meditative solitary journey.I am concerned with exploring the psychological moods and feelings that I experience. I don’t have any words to describe it. At best what I can say at this moment is that I am a painter of interiors –interiors of lives I see around, lives of the silenced, the marginalized, and the alienated”.

The renowned artist while speaking to IANS said that he was now working from his home at Kallorkade in Muvattupuzha, a serene village as he generally works in a natural ambiance.

He also said that he may not be able to go to New York as he wanted to take care of his ailing mother who was not well but the exhibition will commence from June 9th and will continue till July 16th.