Baiju Parthan

Baiju Parthan

Parthan initiated as an engineer, but gravitated towards the domain of art in 1974, when he came across a book on the history of Western art. Motivated by the prospect of pursuing art, he went to Goa and joined a five-year course in the fine arts. The course, running from 1978-1983, coincided with the ultimate incursion of Westerners approaching to Goa in pursuit of enlightenment. Parthan came across Sartre's "Age of Reason" a volume that had major impact on him. Furthermore influencing his work during that period was Goa's "soft drug culture". This, too, facilitated him to discover new-fangled means of experiencing the world. He started his enquiry into the Indian mystical arts, tantra, ritualistic practices, and Indian mythology. Concurrently, Western art continued to be a source of inspiration. He alludes to Larry Rivers, Joan Miro, and the Cubist painters as significant simulations. In the early 1980s, Parthan resolved to relinquish painting. As an alternative, he signed up for a course on comparative mythology at Bombay University, and started to work as a writer and illustrator. He resumed painting in the early 1990s, when he began to discover the imagery of mandalas and Tibetan tangas. He attempts to portray a mystifying private universe by the means of his images; and has merged his painterly forebodings with his enquiries into the realm of cyberspace to create a series of elaborate and nuanced installations. Baiju Parthan has held several successful shows in India, China, Germany and the U.K. The long list of solos include ‘Dislocation: Milljunction Part 2’, Aicon Gallery London in 2011; ‘Milljunction’, Aicon Gallery, New York in 2010; ‘Liquid Memory + Rant’, Vadehra Art Gallery, New Delhi in 2007, ‘Source Code’, Art Musings, Mumbai at Museum Art Gallery in 2006, ‘Vapour’, New Media Prints, The Guild Gallery, Mumbai in 2005 besides a few others. 

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