A tree is a perennial plant with an elongated stem, or trunk, supporting branches and leaves. Chandrashekhar Morkonda couldn’t care less. His tree themed paintings are a brilliant explosion of bright colour and mythological symbols, the likes of which has never been seen before. The interest his paintings have generated among art critics and collectors in India and abroad are ample testimony of the investment value that his art offers. He is one of the youngest artists out of India who is ticking all the right boxes.
Chandrashekhar Morkonda hails from Srikalahasti. It’s one of southern India’s prominent pilgrimage towns. Chandra, as he is popularly known was born here into a family of weavers and grew up listening to stories and myths about the temple and the gods. He did his schooling and junior college in Srikalahasti where in the 8th Std. he decided that painting is what he wanted to do for a living. He went on to complete a Masters in Fine Arts from the very prestigious ‘Kala Bhavana, Visva Bharati University’, Santiniketan and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from JNTU, College of Fine Arts in Hyderabad.
Chandra decision to adopt trees as his main theme for his first series “Kalpakavriksha” came to him when he was in Santiniketan. His identity, he says are the colours he uses and his tribal art enthused style. “I love everything Indian. I try not to use pale colours. I stick to vibrant colours, and the textures are inspired from different tribal arts and crafts but most importantly they are reflections of my memories of watching my parents weave”. His painting are a direct reflection of the cues he had accumulated in his childhood by seeing the colours of bright weave patterns and the many stories he had heard at home. Chandra’s brilliant use of colours and mind boggling patterns is what sets him apart from the others. He is a big fan of artist SH Raza.
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Chandra has received the South Zone Andhra Pradesh State Award from PDAF, Mumbai in 2016, the Arnawaz Vasudev Scholarship, Bengaluru, in 2014-2015 and the State Award from Potti Sree Ramulu Telugu University, Hyderabad in 2008.
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He has done his first solo show, ‘Kalpavriksha / Vahana Series ‘in 2018 and ‘Kalpavriksha ‘in 2016 at the Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, India.
Some of his group shows are the India Art Festival by “Gallerie Splash”, New Delhi in 2017, ‘Margazhi Musings’ at Forum Art Gallery, Chennai, ‘Hues of the Muse’ at Shree Yash Art Gallery, New Delhi, ‘Motley Hues’ at Gallery Vision Art, New Delhi, Group Show at Phoenix Mall by Reves Gallery, Bengaluru, ‘Vividhta Mein Ekta’at Samanvai Art Gallery, Jaipur and ‘Big & Beautiful’ at Samanvai Art Gallery, Jaipur to name a few.