|Ratheesh T - Green Pond opens tomorrow (28.4.2011)|
|In his first solo exhibition in Europe, the young Indian artist Ratheesh T depicts a world between fairytale and a nightmare in his large format paintings at Galerie Michael Haas.|
The consequences of globalisation, the role of world religions, art and the use of natural resources, nature, our environment, these are the themes and the associated debates addressed by Ratheesh T. The artist was born in 1980 in Kilimanoor, Kerala in India. In his new oil on canvas works, he forcefully compresses complex narratives in rich, deep colours. He develops his artistic identity based on his own culture instead of making the familiar attempt to imitate or copy Western Art, thus giving his work authenticity, whilst at the same captivating through their contemporary and universal interpretations.
Ratheesh T grants the viewer a direct insight in to the world inside his own mind. As if one could participate in his concerns, such as the overpopulation and expansion of cities and industries in his home country. Yet his new works in particular urge the need for reflection. Vast scenes à la Pieter Brueghel the Elder depict 7 headed snakes, worlds of leaves, skulls, and small, virtually minute crowds of people. In Smiling Land from 2010 a large black cat licks the fighting warriors away, as if nature were to take power over humans, painters fly through the air, in addition to a golden Oscar award and cars. The viewer is challenged to consider the world he lives in and also his personal and collective responsibility for this world.
Ratheesh T studied painting at the College of Fine Arts in Trivandrum, where he lives and works. After his B.F.A. he received a scholarship in 2004 from the British Royal Overseas League for a residency in England.
A catalogue with a text by Gieve Patel accompanies the exhibition.