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Framing The Framed
by Indigo Blue Art
Location: Indigo Blue Art
Artist(s): P.G. DINESH
Date: 1 Sep - 30 Sep 2011

This series of artwork presents irreverent takes on India‟s social hierarchies and representations. Behavioural patterns of the Indian middle class, rising social malaise in contemporary society and the role of the State set the stage for P.G. Dinesh‟s off the wall characters.

His works communicate brazenly, but not without an astute sensitivity to prevailing societal changes, the tensions faced by the middle class family in keeping up appearances and moral uprightness, while drawn to a lifestyle filled with avarice and decadence. Dinesh notes the struggles of such families, who while rooted to India‟s mythical past and tradition, envision themselves in „happy picture frame formats‟ defined by the idea of „modernity‟.

Dinesh‟s satirical paintings and subversive imagery, coupled with his style of irreverent humour, intertwines Indian folklores, myths and traditional and contemporary storytelling. He incorporates in his works, elements of narrative techniques used widely in popular culture prints and Sivakasi calendar images, reminiscent of kitsch art in India.

With undeniable wit and irony, P.G Dinesh offers a critique of the political and cultural lifestyles of contemporary Indian society. His uncanny creations may appear bizarre at first, but one soon realises that these madcap characters are replete with cultural and social meanings in a modern society filled with twisted realities.

About the Artist

P.G. Dinesh was born in Thissur, Kerala. The dialect of Thissur is noted for its flair of witticisms, quips and jabs, expressed through clever wordplay. Hence, Dinesh‟s „brand‟ of humour is derived from the context of the very regional ethos from where he hails.

Dinesh has had a great deal of experience in children's books illustration, cartooning and caricatures. He also works with box frames which he conceives as breaking beyond the otherwise two-dimensionality of the pictorial surface. He has actively participated in several national level art camps and workshops. He has exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in India and abroad and his works can be found in private collections in India and all over the world.

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