For V. Ramesh, an act of devotion seems not only
an apt social response to existential tragedies, but also a quest for freedom.
As a painter he attempts to find an appropriate language and devise strategies
to find an equivalency to the heightened emotional exaltation that could be
achieved by a written word or a phrase. His work hints at areas of faith,
devotion and transcendence, but it articulates these ideas in an oblique
manner, using voices from medieval poetry and images often culled from
mythology. The varied modes and ways in which these ideas could be improvised
and articulated have led him to explore the myriad ways in which images and the
pictorial space could be painted and handled.
Supported by the Indian Council for Cultural