K Aishwaryan: Making every line and dot count

Mundane images like stuck chewing gum, flies around a candy or pouring sand into a mound become iconic in his hands and gain a metaphorical meaning

There is a sense of introspection mingled with quietness in K Aishwaryan's work. He largely uses lines to delineate forms and uses colors sparingly. In many of his works, just lines do all the work. The treatment is graphical, which connects to his printmaking background. This economy of means sets him apart from many of his contemporaries.

Mundane images like stuck chewing gum, flies around a candy or pouring sand into a mound become iconic in his hands and gain a metaphorical meaning. There is an autobiographical element in his work, but it doesn't overwhelm the viewer. There is enough space for the viewer to sneak in and be part of the reflective moment. Space is treated as a flattened surface and the special papers he chooses makes them active players in his works. There is a ritualistic repetition of mark-making in works like Every Grain Counts, which alludes to a meditative state of mind.

Aishwaryan got his diploma in painting from the Ken School of Art, Bengaluru in 2008. He also has a post diploma in printmaking from Bangalore University ( 2010). He has been conferred the 44th Karnataka Lalit Kala Akademi State Award in 2016. He lives and works in Bangalore.

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Every Grain Counts 
Sticky Situation
The Grass Is Always Greener On The Other Side
Mother Tongue
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