Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Viktor vijay confluence of India and West

Taureau et de la lumière


acrylic on canvas

Artist Viktor Vijay

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Cosmic Window


acrylic on canvas

Artist Viktor Vijay

Fresh Nuances in Symbolic expressionism Viktor Vijay Kumar an artist was lost to India for nearly a decade. This time he spent to sieve the artistic fine sand of contemporary Europe. He was not confined to Western Europe in his food, sleep, paint, love, dance and travel. Equally important to him were the emergent artistic ethos of Eastern Europe. He found new taste of food, new vocabulary of language different gestures in everyday interactions, Mountain landscapes of Tatras, Carpathians, Alps and Taurus. Rivers and seas like Danube, Rhine, Mur, Black Sea, Mediterranean, Adriatic and Baltic Sea and ofcourse friendship with some of the finest of creative artists in these lands. He did not learn nor did he try to seek inspiration in the art of Europe but he freed himself of the fear. Fear to use colours, fear to use materials fear to fear what would emerge from his soul. He learnt about the roots of expressionism. Artists who built their lives sharing one loaf of bread among eight members of family, or worked in factories melting iron but still painting what emerged from the restive memories of II War. He heard stories of atrocities that scarred the psyche of the emergent artists. He discovered that human experience shapes the expression of an artist. He understood meaning of nihilism but he found sweet song of hope in the warm love in which these friends soaked him. There he learnt about pain and the human and artist’s ability to transmute it into morning song of a cuckoo. For he knew of Satish Gujral who after spending time with the great Diego Rivera painted his most powerful partition paintings in blacks and greys; he also knew of Hussain whose Bihar famine works still haunt us; he knew of Krishan Khanna who portrayed the pain of bandwalas while they regaled the marriage parties. Above all Vijay knew his own pain which he hid from the world right from his childhood.However due to twist of faith it was his maternal grand parents who brought him up. He learnt that to live with the memory of pain is to escape life and so he plunged headlong into the resurgent waves of creativity. The collective painful memories of Europe and its artists helped him to come to terms with his own inner pain. Thus was born a new Vijay who used his creativity to arrive at the fountain of innate energy. He painted with vehemence for one year (2006) in India and emerged his new works titled Energy. He calls it the energy of the cosmos, of humans, of Nature and of India. He reaffirms faith in humanity’s ability to radiate light and life. And this is what counts in the final call for humans.Viktor Vijay uses free strokes of brush and quite often drip and splash a la Jackson Pollock but beyond that his symbolism is rooted in Indian ethos. He is a symbolist in the way he uses colours. The use of black is usually accentuated by a dab of pure white. He builds his symbolism from the recesses of his own soul. His Shiva is monumental and nearly three-dimensional but is not the usual phallic form. It is more like a primitive human form. His brighter colours are enveloped by the dominant blacks and greys. But these bright oranges, yellows and crimsons wage a war against the blacks and greys. Light is symbolically at war with darkness. It is this desire of the light to force itself out of the prison of the black and darkness is what makes Vijay’s ‘Energy’ series works so powerful and different. Energy underlies all existent. The cosmos creates and recreates energy, the society and nations grow on sustained energy, and individuals discover their own evolution into higher realms through energy. Energy catalyses new dimensions of being. In Indian thought system cosmic energy emanates from the infinite—the anhad. S.H. Raza has used bindu and tantric geometricism to express energy. Vijay combines gestural actions with somnambulant flat colour surfaces to give vent to action and stasis, energy and containment, visual sound and tranquillity. He uses variant non-linear elements around exploding fields to suggest the channelling of the clamouring, resurgent energy. He splashes colour with a vehemence of physical energy that is symbolic of his artistic expression. He uses a visual vocabulary suggestive of unleashing of volcanic eruptions or the unlocking of colourful exuberant joyous energy of the seasons. Vijay’s artistic credo itself is symbolic of his art— O heaven give me the brush of long stemmed red rose and the colours of eternal rainbow so I can paint the laughter of the child that stamps life with innocence, the flowers that strive for fragrant beauty, the divine warm sunshine that matures the grapes and the speck of dust that transcends to infinity. No doubt in the emergent artscape of India he is an artist to watch for his art is structured on sublimated pain and the desire of humanity to be in light and sunshine across globe.

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