Artist of the moment…..G.R. Iranna

The artist was born in Sindgi, Bijapur, Karnataka, India.

In this clip an interview with the artist before one of his shows.

The second part of the interview.

In 1999, the artist was the artist in residence at the Wimbledon School of Art in London. He then moved back to India and earned a B.F.A. in painting from the College of Visual Art in Gulbarga. Iranna went on to earn a masters degree from the College of Art in New Delhi.

The artist has been part of art exhibitions in San Jose, California  Amsterdam, Hong Kong, London, Cairo, and Mumbai.

Iranna paints mainly with acrylics on canvas. Some of his very large canvases have sides longer than 100 inches! Its as if they were a mural and not a painting. Which brings us also to his choice of surfaces to paint on, many times he paints on a very large tarp. I would be interested to see how smooth the paint surfaces seem and how they reflect light. Hard to tell via a photo.  The artist seems to have abandoned painting on canvas altogether and now paints with acrylics on tarpulin.

The artist paints with a theme or genre and that is the feeling of pain or that of being a victim. In much the same way Kathe Kolwitz makes me feel sad when I look at her etchings, this artist has many feelings included in his paintings as well.  With so many events going on simultaneously I would classify these works as Surreal.

Part of Museum Collections include the National Gallery of Modern Art in India, Seattle Art Museum, Singapore Art Museum, and the Herwitz Collection here in the United States.

On line and land based galleries:   Aicon Galleries in both New York City and London.

Gurukul is comparable to being an apprentice here in the states. In India the student and master teacher even live together. Also Iranna lived in an ashram, small collection of people usually sharing the same religion, for seven years.

High price range:  Unlike most artists who work in oils and acrylics the info I found showed a record $43,000 for an oil painting titled “Historical Chair.” $43.000 for piece that was painted in acrylics.

Low price range: $10,000 for a small oil painting.

The artist now lives and works out of New Delhi, India. It seems I have been profiling many older and sometimes dead artists lately, but that is because we must take lessons from the old masters and improve upon them!  The power of an artist to express feeling is timeless, not a material item such as Rolex!  When you look at Van Gogh, or an Iranna, or a Kollwitz and the same feeling that was in their head is in your heart, THATS ART!


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