Panchakshari’s visual diary of a faraway place

A drawing teacher’s job at a government school in a remote village in Shimoga district gave this artist an opportunity to draw inspiration from the surrounding landscape

Fifteen years ago, Panchakshari got a job as a drawing teacher in a Government High School in Tumari, a remote place located on the backwaters of the Sharavati dam in Shimoga, Karnataka. He took it up because it was the only job available to him and because nobody else wanted it. For Panchakshari though, it turned out be a boon because he loved landscape painting since his student days at the Ken School of Art in Bangalore. He began soaking up his surroundings: hills, forests, water, sweeping clouds, rustling winds, changing moods of light, blooming flowers… His observations inevitably seeped into his work. His initial works had a very realistic approach. As time went by, it became less about depicting what was seen and more about what was being felt. His later works came out filtered through a crucible of experience, where one can see visual details filtered for the sake of achieving an expressive quality. They look more authentic even though they are not photo realistically painted. Along the way, a sense of wonder and dreaminess also entered the frame, transforming the image further. At this stage, Panchakshari is able to depict his holistic experience blended with creativity in images rather than resorting to a mere depiction of a fleeting moment.

Panchakshari studied at the Ken School of Art, Bangalore under RM Hadapad. He has shown his works at many exhibitions in Karnataka. He has won an award from the Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy. He lives and works in Tumari, Shimoga.

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