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 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