Bala Bhakta Raju

The angular figures and the geometric interplay of strong contours come together as a peculiar visual language for Bala Bhakta Raju. The paintings display stylized imagery against randomly treated backgrounds. These images essentially are village people often shown in a lyrical manner. The artist tries to express love, unity and dynamic bonds between nature and man. His new series titled ‘Meethi Meethi Baatein’ that revolves around material and divine aspects is what Bala Bhakta craves to depict. His earlier paintings are based on mythology; particularly the Ganesha forms earned him name and fame. The focus was on divinity and on the beauty of abstract forms of Ganesha. He later on developed his visual idiom combining both divine aspect and love, where man and woman are shown with different emotions. For him, human and the divine are two sides of the same coin, hence he makes an effort to bring forth both the dynamics as his subject matter. Through metaphors like fish and parrot he comments on the obligatory bonds and also sees a harmony in the togetherness.

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