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A. V. Ilango

“I am fascinated by the form on the space.

I go with them on a voyage of discovery
to understand their complexity and simplicity. 
Finally, I see things existing 
in the purest of forms.
Space and form are interwoven,
merged into one another,
until the original form becomes
intangible, imperceptible, sublime…”

A. V. Ilango

 

A self-taught artist, A.V. Ilango made his debut in the art scene in 1973 on completing his Masters in Mathematics at the Bengaluru University. Inspired by his childhood memories spent in Gobichettipalayam, the artist vividly recalled the harvest, fairs and festivals that resounded with folk songs, music and dance, the drumbeat and tinkling of the ankle bells, Ochre musicians and dancers that enlivened the crowd with leaps and swirls in ecstasy. These were some of the images he captured on his earlier canvas. He was also inspired by the architectural and sculptural splendors of Madurai temples, folk dances like Karagam, Kavadi, and  Oyilattam and later on Odissi in the Utsav series that was a pure celebration of dance.
The artist opines that his way of conceptualizing, as a mathematician, has contributed a lot to his artistic research. He values the linear quality in his oeuvre, and the development of a concept and the motif. Besides the human figure, the artist has been engaged in capturing in painting and sculpture the essence of the Bovine. According to him, cows and bulls form the very idiom of primitive, folk and classical arts of India. He continues to experiment with space, form and line and is heading towards capturing movements with abstract expressions.
The artist lives and works in Chennai.

 

Solo Shows:       

2013&14 - Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai

2012 - ‘Utsav 2012’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2011 - ‘Rhythm 2011’,  Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai.

2011 - ‘Rhythm 2011’, Time and Space Gallery, Bengaluru

2011 - ‘Utsav’, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi 

2011 - ‘The Bull’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2010 - ‘Utsav 2010’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai  

2008 - ‘Utsav 2008’, Art space The Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2008 - ‘Introspection’, Tamarind Art Council, New York, USA

2008 - ‘The Bovine Principle’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2007 - ‘The Bovine Principle’, Art Smart Gallery, Trivandrum 

2007 - ‘Second Reincarnation’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2007 - ‘Utsav’, Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai

2006 - ‘Utsav’, San Francisco, USA

2006 - ‘Utsav’, Hotel Windsor Manor, Bengaluru

2006 - Exhibition at the Indian Consulate General, New York, USA

2005 - ‘Under the Spell’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2005 - ‘Utsav’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2005 - ‘Under the Spell’, National Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2004 - Hotel Lyon Est, Lyons, France

2004 - ‘Women Series’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2003 - ‘Women Series’ by Forum Art Gallery at Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru

2002 - ‘Chennai Series’ by British Council at Forum Gallery, Chennai

2002 - ‘Line. Space. Rhythm’ by the Bullukian Foundation, Lyons  France

2002 - ‘Utsav 2002’, Lakshana Art Gallery, Bengaluru

2002 - ‘Stree Mayam’, Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai

2001 - ‘Utsav’, Lakshana Art Gallery, Hyderabad

2000 - Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai

1999 - Dauphin Gallery, Singapore

1998 - ‘Bull and Beyond’, Alliance Française, Chennai

1995- ‘The Chennai Series, Landmark’, Chennai 

1996 - ‘Silapathikaram & Manimegalai’, British Council Division and The Book Point, Chennai

1996 - Grindlays Art Gallery, New Delhi

1995 - The Bhownagree Gallery, The Commonwealth Institute, London

1994 - ‘Rhythm 94’, British Council Division, Chennai

1990 - Chola Art Gallery, Chennai

1989 & 91 - Grindlays Art Gallery, Chennai

1986 & 88 - Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai

1985 - ‘Rhythm 85’, C.P. Art Centre, Chennai

1985 - Allliance Française, Bengaluru

1980 & 84 - Alliance Française, Chennai

1980 - Pandian Hotel, Madurai

 

Group Shows:

2016 - IAF Delhi by Forum Art Gallery

2015 - ‘Padme’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2014 - IAF Mumbai by Forum Art Gallery

2014 - ‘Interface’ for Art Chennai, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2013 - IAF Mumbai by Forum Art Gallery

2013 - ‘ConCurrenCe’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2012 - ‘Raas Leela’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2011 - IAF Mumbai by Forum Art Gallery

2011 - ‘Heart of Sculpture’ for Art Chennai, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2010 - ‘Functional Art’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2010 - ‘Present in the Past’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2010 - Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai

2010 - Art Smart Collection, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi

2009 - ‘Oh Hanuman’, Forum Art Gallery , Chennai

2009 - Art Fusion Show, Tamil Nadu & Kerala, Nehru Centre, Mumbai

2009 - ‘10 /10 Anniversary Show’, Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai

2009 - ‘Lining the Streets’ for Chennai Sangamam 2009, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

2008 - Aathreya  Gallery, Chennai

2002 - ‘Inaugural Show’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai

1996 - ‘Urban Signals and Shifting Images IV’ at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Mumbai

1996 - ‘Madras - An Emotion’ at Values Art Foundation, Chennai

1992 & 94 - Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore

1989 - The Gallery, Chennai

1987 - Sakshi Art Gallery, Chennai

1986 - Alliance Française, Bengaluru

1985 - Russian Cultural Centre, Chennai

1984 - Alliance Française, Chennai

 

State, National & International Exhibitions:

2012-15 - Malayasian Art Expo, Dubai Art Festival, International Art Show, Singapore

2009 - Sutra Art Gallery, International Art Expo,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2008 - Indian Art show, Taipei, Taiwan

2008 - Stirring  Odissi Festival Exhibition, Petronas Gallery , Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2006 - International Art Fair, Birla Art International, New York, USA

2003 - Salon de CREAC, Lyons, France

2002 - Salon d’Automne, European Academy of Arts, Paris, France

2001 - Salon de l’Ile de France, Brétigny sur Orge, France

2001 - 09 - Salon International de Printemps, Lyons Fine Arts Society, Lyons, France

1998 - Art and Human Form, National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai

1997 - Golden Jubilee of Independence Exhibition, Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai     

1993 - National Kala Mela, Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai

1992 - National Exhibition, Central Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi

1981 - 1991 - State Exhibition, Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai

1982 - State Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, Mumbai and New Delhi

1980 - Fifth World Tamil Conference Exhibition, Madurai

 

Sculptures:

2011 - Contemporary Sculptures, TCS, Siruseri, IT Corridor, Chennai 

2009 - Police Memorial Sculpture DGP Office, Chennai

2007 - Nayyandi Melam & To the Shandy, TCS , Siruseri , IT Corridor, Chennai

2006 - Ainthinai, IT Corridor, Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation, Chennai

2005 - Utsav, Kongu Engineering College, Perunthurai, Tamil Nadu

 

Illustrations:

2006 - Chennai not Madras, Marg Publications, Mumbai

2004 - Silapadikaram Women of Substance - Set design for the theatrical production of Cleveland Cultural Alliance - USA

1999 - 2002 - Translation of Contemporary Classical Tamil Novel of Kalki Ponniyin  Selvan, Volumes I - V, Macmillan Publication, Chennai

1998 - Folk Tale of Manipur, Who will be Ningthou? Tulika Publication, Chennai

1997 - D’une Inde à l’autre by Odile Orsini Dumoulin, Lyons

1996 - Translation of Tamil Epics Silapathikaram and Manimekalai, Orient Longman Publication, Chennai    

 

Honours & Awards :

2015 - coming home to eARTh ‘Space. Line. Form’. A book by A.V.Ilango & Srivi kalyan, Sponsored by Sublime Gallery, Bengaluru

2010 - President Association of British scholars, Chennai Chapter.

2009 - International Artist Award, International Spring Salon 2009,Lyon, France

2008 - Paramacharya Award by Info Network Management Co Ltd

2002 - International Gold Medal at the Salon  d’Automne, European Academy of Arts, Paris

2001 - Jury Award at the Salon de l’Ile de France, Festival de Brétigny / Orge, France 

2001 - Jury Award of the Lyons Fine Arts Society Salon International de Printemps , Lyons,France

1997 - State Award at the Golden Jubilee of Independence Exhibition

1992 - ABS Chennai Chapter & British Council Fellowship: Visit to UK          

 
Raas Leela - November 1 - 30 , 2012
ConCurrenCe at Kochi - December 8 - 16 , 2012
Heart of Sculpture - March 22 - 23 , 2011
ConCurrenCe - January 2 - 4 , 2013
Present in the past - August 23 - 15 , 2010
Utsav - February 6 - 6 , 2010
India Art Festival 2011 - November 17 - 20 , 2011
Alay Payudhey - November 23 - 30 , 2013
IAF 2013 - December 19 - 22 , 2013
Functional Art - March 27 - 24 , 2010
Interface - February 11 - 12 , 2014
IAF2014 - November 27 - 30 , 2014
PADME - June 30 - 31 , 2015
PLETHORA OF GODS - October 14 - 14 , 2015
IAF - Delhi 2016 - January 14 - 17 , 2016
SPACE. LINE. FORM - April 2 - 7 , 2016
IAF - Mumbai 2016 - October 6 - 9 , 2016
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A. V. Ilango