Subramanyan, K. G.
Indian, 20th century, male.
Born 1924, in Kerala.
Painter, mixed media, draughtsman, illustrator. Scenes with figures, still-lifes. Designs for tapestries, objects (toys).
After artistic training in Kala Bhavan and Viswa Bharati, Subramanyan studied at the Slade School of Art in London.
Subramanyan was influenced by Expressionism and Cubism. He uses sand and fragments of marble in his work and divides his compositions into several planes, where fantastical animals rub shoulders with figures, which sometimes have many arms and are reminiscent of Indian divinities. His works are given uniformity by allowing one colour to dominate - blue, ochre or brown. The intense quality of his colours is reminiscent of pastels. Subramanyan has also illustrated children’s books, made toys, painted murals and produced paintings on glass....