Manjunath Wali’s, ‘A Visual Narrative’ is presently on show at Bengaluru’s MKF Museum of Art

Manjunath Wali’s, ‘A Visual Narrative’ is presently on show at Bengaluru’s MKF Museum of Art

“When I take a look at a door or a window I don’t see them as openings — I see a story, a sense of what may very well be occurring past what’s exterior. Windows and doorways reveal a lot about a metropolis’s structure,” says Manjunath Wali, whose ‘A Visual Narrative’ collection is impressed by Jodhpur.

“There is a lot of royal historical past and design to the structure in Jodhpur. Even easy doorways and home windows seem like those in a palace,” he provides.

Artist Manjunath Wali

Artist Manjunath Wali
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Bengaluru-based Manjunath says he was all the time fascinated with these portals, however he mulled over the concept of capturing them on canvas for nearly 5 years. It was solely when he started to be categorised as a temple artist, following the recognition of his earlier collection ‘Nostalgia in Stone’ about historic monuments in Hampi and Badami, did he determine to color the themes that intrigued him.

A bid to interrupt out of the field has all the time been a catalyst for Manjunath to alter the palette he was accustomed to. “Despite being a scholar of Fine Arts, my imaginative and prescient was restricted to signboards, business work and wall work. Attending the seventh Karnataka Kala Mela in 2003 was an eye-opener. I spent a lot of time on the exhibition and interacted with senior artists.

“I acquired a glimpse of how large the artwork discipline is and its wonderful vistas. I made a decision that I wanted to additional my training and are available to Bangalore,” says the artist who initially hails from Bijapur in Karnataka and holds a MFA from Vijay College of Fine Arts, Gadag.

The artist who has since gained awards for his work from the Karnataka Lalithakala Academy and the International Biennale 2017, credit a massive a part of his success to Gurudas Shenoy, maybe one in all Bengaluru’s greatest identified artists. “He was a true mentor, encouraging and guiding me in my work,” says Manjunath.

“I’ve all the time been obsessed with watercolours and I started honing my ability with that medium. I began in 2002 and on a regular basis since then, I apply on sketches and small items. It is a troublesome medium to deal with — one which doesn’t permit for errors. You can not erase or paint over it and even use the color white to overlap errors. Even a week’s absence out of your brush makes it difficult to get again the place you left off.”

A watercolour from artist Manjunath Wali’s Blue City series

A watercolour from artist Manjunath Wali’s Blue City collection
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Talking about ‘A Visual Narrative,’ Manjunath says depicting the view by an open window or door was not his solely thought to reinvent his work. “I made a decision to work on a monochromatic scheme for Jodhpur — shades of blue and black. It isn’t all the time straightforward for an artist to alter their color palette; till then, I had solely used pink, brown, orange and different earth colors in my work.”

‘A Visual Narrative’ captures the outdated world allure of an India untouched by the entrapments of modernity. Alleyways and metropolis arches, cycles and clotheslines, child goats and stray chickens add a contact of color to a panorama flush with shades of blue.

The 20 work on Bockingford paper on this watercolour collection, vary between ₹ 25,000 and ₹ 50,000. ‘A Visual Narrative’ might be on show at MKF Museum of Art until May 22, 2022.

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