(Last Updated on : 12-08-2014)
Kalal Laxma Goud was born on August 21, 1940 in Andhra Pradesh
. He works in variety of mediums which include etchings, gouache, pastel, sculpture, and glass painting. He is reckoned for the originality and quality of his etchings and aquatints. His childhood was spent in a village environment where he grew up observing rural tradition and craft. He studied drawing and painting at the Government College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad. Goud studied Mural Painting under K.G. Subramanyan at the Faculty of Fine Arts, MSU, Baroda from 1963 to 1965.
The artist was attracted to the unselfconscious attitudes toward sexuality that contributed to the relaxed atmosphere of village life. He began to interpret his childhood memories through an urban grid. Masterful small paintings of village life in a palette of monochrome greys were created by him. By the 1970s he began to explore aquatint in intensely sexual themes. However by the 1980s the artist seemed to return to more traditional roots by exploring various craft forms such as terracotta and reverse glass painting in a decorative style. His characters reveal an expressionist note whose harshness is tampered by the fine details and dark palpable textures.
The realist ingredient present in the highly contoured shapes brings in an element of actual appearance of villagers. Goud did harshly delicate pencil drawings of junk objects in close-ups which bear an imprint of people who use them.
He is the head and teacher at Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Art, Fine Art & Communication, University of Hyderabad
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