Gorjala’s muse is mythology. With exquisite attention to detail and intricate designs in rich gold, red and green colours, Gorjala portrays Indian Gods and Goddesses like never before. With a clientele boasting of the like of Beyonce and Narendra Modi, no wonder he is considered one of the most promising senior artist and an inspiration to many emerging young artists from India today.
Born into a family of weavers in Srikalahasti, Andhra Pradesh on April 15th 1979, Ramesh Gorjala learnt the traditional Kalamkari art as a child from his uncle, Balaji Theertham, a national award winning Kalamkari artist. Gorjala then earned his art degree at the Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, Hyderabad. After completion of his bachelor degree he practiced contemporary art. It is here that Gorjala transitioned from the use of vegetable dyes to using acrylic as a medium. Post his BFA days, he travelled to Delhi and Bombay, to soak in the art of veterans.
Gorjala’s art reflects the early impressions of being in the midst of an art practiced for generations in his village, where there is a depiction of mythological characters and stories on textile parchments as well as walls and scrolls. The hues and colours that we find in Gorjala’s paintings are a testimony to this early influence: earthy reds and greens interspersed with washed browns and sandalwood shades, the combinations are inspired from the Kalamkari traditions.
Ramesh Gorjala was inspired by the figures of Indian epics and one can trace his use of recurring mythic figures in his art. But his depictions of these epic figures are unique. In his own words “The beauty of mythology lies in telling a story in a way that engages people. When I began, I realized that many artists have drawn Gods and Goddesses earlier. So I started incorporating innumerable figures within the outlines of my paintings of the gods. The folk is also interwoven into his works. Gorjala’s use of the chequered-board pattern in the background in shades of white, black and grey are influences of the textile traditions from South India.
Having a huge appeal among the art lovers, Ramesh Gorjala’s art is well sought out for its South Asian philosophy. His collectors include Beyonce and Narendra Modi, who requested him for a depiction of Kamadhenu, the symbol of wealth, joy and luck in Gorjala’s signature style. Gorjala has now expanded his expertise to wooden carvings and wooden relief sculptures.
While Gorjala is a frequent visitor to Hyderabad, he prefers the tranquilly of Tirupati for his creative endeavours and currently works from this temple town. Gorjala has won various awards, including the 2000 mahatma Gandhi birth centenary memorial award from the Victoria technical institute (v.t.i.), Chennai, and the 2002 state award from the a.p. crafts council. Gorjala has had many solo exhibitions and participated in various organization shows in India and abroad. Gorjala’s solo ‘Samarpan’ which Gallerie Splash had the absolute honour and privilege to conceptualize and host in 2016 was a sold-out show.
His popular exhibitions are.
2016: Samarpan; Gallerie Splash, New Delhi.
2010: Mythological Metaphor; Chawla Art Gallery, New Delhi.
2007: Embracing Modernity; Mon Art Gallerie, Kolkata.
2006: Alankrta Art Gallery, Hyderabad
2018: India Art Today; Gallerie Splash, Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi
2017: Gallerie Splash, India Art Festival, Mumbai.
2007: Roots and Shoots; Mahua Art Gallery, London, Mother Tongue, Visions from South; Visual Art Gallery, Delhi, Memories, Myths and Images; Gallery Space, Hyderabad, Paper Love; India Fine Art, Mumbai.
2006: Samanvai Art Gallery, Jaipur.
2005 : Tao Gallery, Mumbai, Time and Space Art Gallery, Bangalore, Turning the wheel – tradition unbound; Visual Art Gallery, Delhi, Divine Inspiration; Indian Fine Art, Mumbai, Karnataka Chitrakala Parishat, Bangalore