K. LAXMA GOUD

By Galleriesplash, June 4, 2020

K. LAXMA GOUD

There is eroticism in nature itself, says Goud. Humour, earthiness and vitality emerge in his art as Goud works his magic on his characters. Laxma Goud is known for his elegant hard hitting line drawings, etchings and watercolours. His work recreates the rural setting as if it is frozen in time.

Apart from Goud’s great narrative ability, the artist’s remarkable skill and sophistication in handling his medium (pencil or brush) are evident. A master draughtsman, Goud is a versatile printmaker and painter and has worked in a variety of mediums like etching, gouache, pastel and grass paintings. A keen eye for detail has been his trademark. Goud unabashedly explored the erotic while placing it within the general public’s daily experience as well as the rustic. Born in 1940 in Nizampur, Goud derives inspiration from his childhood in rural Andhra Pradesh, India. He grew up watching traditional leather puppetry and creation of terracotta and the relaxed environments of his childhood with its unbridled exuberance enabled him translate all that into art on canvas later on in life.

K. LAXMA GOUD

K. Laxma Goud received his Post-Diploma in Mural Painting and Printmaking, Faculty of Fine arts, Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda in 1965. He was the Student of Prof. K. G. Subramanyan. He received his diploma from the Government College of Art and Architecture in Hyderabad, India, in 1963. But he made a return back to Nizampur, and this return had a huge impact on his art.

Goud was captivated by the coarse humour and earthy vitality of the villagers which he found, was devoid of any trace of self-consciousness. This he found to be in blatant contrast to the rigid puritanical sexual patterns of Indian middle class in the cities. It is this sexuality and eroticism he captures so finely in his paintings. He also places them within a landscape that is typically lush and wild, where men and women are clad in vivid clothes, bejewelled in traditional tribal ornaments and shape shifting into the surroundings and into each other. While Goud portrays the daily life of village folk, it is painted with an element of fantasy and an underlying erotic energy.

The feminine form has held deep fascination for Goud. From Goddess Durga to the village women in his paintings the artist invokes and celebrates the element of Shakti in womanhood. The artist paints dynamic and empowered female figures, which take pride in their sexuality and are fearless. Another of Goud’s Muse’s is the goat. Goud was born in Telangana’s in the toddy belt. The family kept a herd of goats, whose antics were Laxma’s earliest inspirations and models. In his own words “the goat is like a life companion. Its mute presence fills in the life and brings a kind of dexterity in art”.

He has had several solo shows throughout his career and has remained prolific in his creations. He has been awarded with many accolades, including the Padma Shri in 2016 as well as the Telangana State’s Prafulla Dahanukar Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. 

His popular exhibitions are

Select Solo Exhibitions

  • 2016: An Inner Retrospective, A Solo by K. Laxma Goud, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore
  • 2012: I want to Seduce with My Line, K. Laxma Goud: Etchings, Drawings, Watercolour, Pen and Ink, Acrylic, Sculptures and Mixed Media Works Period 1967-2011 at Art Alive Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2011: Art Musings, Mumbai, Everyday Life, Focus Art Gallery, Chennai
  • 2009:  Laxma Goud: Solo Exhibition, Aicon Gallery, London, Gallerie 88, Kolkata
  • 2008:  Water Colour, Drawings, Intaglio, Etchings and Sculptures, Indian Contemporary Art (ICA), Jaipur
  • 2007:  Laxma Goud 40 years: A Retrospective, Aicon Gallery, New York
  • 2006:  Sculptures, Bronze and Terra-cottas, Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai,  Recent Terracotta, Ceramic, Bronze Sculptures, Gallery Threshold, New Delhi and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 2003:  Aicon Gallery, New York,  Early Works, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 2001-02:  Grey Art Gallery, New York
  • 1985: Lalit Kala Akademi. New Delhi
  • 1982:  Royal Academy, London
  • 1976:  Black Partridge Gallery, New Delhi
  • 1974: Surya Gallerie, Friensheim, West Germany
  • 1973: Andsell Gallery, London
  • 1972: Gallery Chemould, Mumbai
  • 1965-67: Kalabhavan, Hyderabad
  • Select Group Exhibitions
  • 2018: Gallerie Splash, India Art Festival Delhi Edition.
  • 2017: Gallerie Splash, Annual Exhibition “India Art Today”, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi.
  • 2016: Gallerie Splash, India Art Festival Mumbai Edition.
  • 2016: The Naked and the Nude, DAG Modern, Mumbai, Nizams of Art, Sachit Art, Delhi
  • 2015: Remembering M. V. Devan, organized by Lalit Kala Akademi, Durbar Hall Art Centre, Kochi, Mini-Print Goa 2015,
  • 2014: Of Forms and Fantasies, Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore,   Rituals and Reasons: Invoking the Sensual in Art, Apprao Galleries, Chennai
  • 2013: The Naked and the Nude: The Body in Indian Modern Art, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2012:  Diva, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Metallurgy, The Harrington Street Arts Centre, Kolkata
  • 2011:  States of Departure: Progressives to Present Day, Aicon Gallery, London, Anecdotes, Sakshi Gallery, Mumbai, Ethos V: Indian Art Through the Lens of History (1900 to 1980), Indigo Blue, Art, Singapore, Manifestations VI, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi, Manifestations V, Delhi Art Gallery, New Delhi
  • 2010: Dali’s Elephant, Aicon Gallery, London, The Living Insignia, Gallery Ensign, New Delhi, Modern Folk: The Folk Art Roots of the Modernist Avant-Garde, Aicon Gallery, New York
  • 2009:  Mark of Masters -2, Art and Soul, Mumbai, In Search of the Vernacular, Aicon Gallery, New York, Sacred and Secular, India Fine Art, Mumbai.
  • 2005 Change of Address, the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai.
  • 2001 The Active Line: Five Idioms of Drawing, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1998 Drawings, The Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai
  • 1993 Wounds, Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA), Kolkata and National, Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA) New Delhi
  • 1986 Contemporary Art of India: The Herwitz Collection, Worcester Art Museum, Worcester
  • 1986 Indian Art Tomorrow, Philips Collection, Washington D.C.
  • 1985 Contemporary Indian Art, Grey Art Gallery, New York
  • 1982 Royal Academy of Art, London
  • 1977 São Paulo Biennale, Brazil

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