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Art Watch : Kandi Narsimlu

Kandi Narsimlu is our Art Watch Artist for today. This section is brought to you by Art From Us and Divvya Nirula. The Artists we spotlight here can be from any field, across nay discipline, and using a variety of media. We share here why we think they are important and worth watching. Be it genius creators of eras gone by. Or the upcoming contemporary artist who is yet to have their first show. All come under the purview of Art Watch.

During recent times, Kandi Narsimlu has recently garnered popularity in the world of contemporary artworld. His works are considered highly collectible and not overly-priced, which makes him even more popular. Interestingly – he is one of the few contemporary artists to have successfully survive the art-market crashes and slumps. Kandi’s works have not sky-rocketed, but have steadily increased in value. He finds inspiration in the peculiarities and irregularities of everyday life, especially in the communities of South.

A Hyderabad based artist, Narsimlu is popular for his realistic portrayal of life in rural Telangana, highlighting their idiosyncrasies. He who was born in Kaslabad, in the Siddipet district of Telangana, in 1972. He completed a BFA from the College of Fine Arts & Architecture, JNT University, Hyderabad. And also has an MFA from the Jawaharlal Nehru Architecture & Fine Arts University, Hyderabad. The community that he has observed closely, is the motivating factor behind Narsimlu’s creative inspirations.

Why Kandi Narsimlu?

Kandi has made an impression in the world of art. Through his depictions, he has been able to portray the nuances of rural life which depicts men and women in their bright, colourful attire. Working, talking, eyeing each other or just rendered on the canvas as full portraits.  Coming from a humble background, Kandi knows what it is to be connected to his roots. He has also won accolades and fans in the last two decades, as an artist.

“I use art to keep my community’s culture alive and that is my greatest motivating force.” Says the artist

Narsimlu has been awarded gold medals from the Hyderabad Art Society and Chitramayee, State Art Gallery of Fine Arts in 2011 . Further, he has been a part of numerous solo, group shows and camps in various cities of India. 

According to the artist, his interest in art began quite unexpectedly with diagrams he had made for a science class. The teacher immediately discovered his talent. Soon he found himself to be drawn  more into drawing and painting than in pursuing my studies. By the time he was in the tenth grade, he was a signboard artist.

It is by design and to remain grounded that Narsimlu uses the folk and rural themes with a contemporary touch. Drawing attention to the delicate expressions, clothing, jewellery, and lifestyle of his subjects. Following his relatable style, his works are further influenced by the minimalist lines and sparse styling – a method akin to animation. “The geometric style which often appears in my work is a reflection of that part of my career, during my initial days.” Explains the artist

Artistic Journey

Talking about his thematic content and his subject – “My works exemplify a group of women and sometimes men immersed in their routine work and leisure activities. The drapery designs and motives add a sort of movement and speed. As far as the colours I use in my paintings are concerned, the villagers worship many local gods and each god has different coloured skin. I see the village people as innocent and feel the face of spirit reflected in them. Therefore, I like to use different colours to portray the faces of the villagers. I don`t deliberately mix colours or use too much texturing, because I think the simplicity reflects the kind of people my subjects are.”

There is an increasing movement away from the traditional with the youngsters embracing neutral fashion trends. As a tribute to his culture, he promotes the village’s charm, that he recall’s.

“I feel my job is to record the story of my culture and tell their stories. I use art to keep the community`s culture alive and that is what I see as my greatest motivating force.” The artist truly loves sharing his tradition and wants to keep his values alive.


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