Laxma Goud- Sketch line poetry అక్టోబర్ 2, 2008Posted by M Bharath Bhushan in Art, Telangana.
Laxma Goud’s prolific career, which spans over four decades, has been marked with tremendous versatility, both in style and medium. He has worked effusively in etching, gouache, pastels, painting and sculpture. Undoubtedly, though Goud is a master draftsman who, against the long-held dictum in the Indian market that an artist can only be successful by producing large-format painting, developed a writhing, bleeding line as his idiom of choice. By fleshing out the possibilities of sketching, he connects the rustic and raw qualities of his practice to his subjects’ physicality and psyche, generating a rather intimate relationship with his creations.
Retrospective of Laxma Goud in Aicon Gallery , NY
Early in his career, in the 1960s, Goud was thoroughly fascinated with the erotic. His distinct etchings investigated impulses and aggressive passions within a male and female sexuality as well as a pan-natural context. Hierarchies are completely dismissed as man becomes beast and trees are spotted with vaginal openings– the libidinal and the surreal tread alongside the fantastical and poetic. As he immerses his so- called rural and tribal imagery with Eros, they transcend folklore and unfurl a deeper psychological landscape reminiscent of Picasso, Klee or the Neue Sachlichkeit.
Through the decades, Goud’s phallic-centered universe would broaden. By the late 70s, he was working more frequently in aquatint. This subtler medium urged gentle stylizations and distortions – the sharpness of his figures’ accessories, or their weathered faces – which, ironically, conjured their more realistic selves. More precisely, Goud’s representations tapped into their psychological makeup. And so, his dramatic gesturing, and harsh expressionism were quelled and amidst the softer shadows, there was more room for contemplation. What developed was the dynamic Indian ethos – which included was not limited to the sexual. However, the palpable textures and fine, linear details are ever-present. Goud remains committed to the sketch-line throughout his career and connects the crude physicality of his subjects to their more delicately exposed psyches. His later works of the 80s are more geometric and playful. His contours are fuller and his line persists, more mature and more resolved.
Goud was born (1940) in Nizampur, Andra Pradesh. He completed a diploma in drawing and painting from the Government College of Art and Architecture, Hydrabad. From 1963 to 1965, he studied mural painting and printmaking at M.S. University , Baroda . He lives in Hydrabad.