Born in 1940, Nizampur (Andhra Pradesh), Laxma Goud completed his Diploma in Drawing and Painting from Government College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad in 1963 and did his Post-Diploma in mural painting and printmaking at M. S. University, Baroda from 1963-1965, where he worked under Professor K. G. Subramanyan. He was Head of the Department at the Sarojini Naidu School of Performing Arts, Fine Art and Communication, University of Hyderabad for several years. Good place for art exhibitions and information about Laxma Goud Paintings.
He was appointed as a Graphic Designer at Doordarshan for 15 years. He has been awarded the State Lalit Kala Award, Andhra Pradesh; Silver & Gold Medal by Hyderabad Art Society. He had his first solo exhibition in his hometown in 1965 and has held numerous exhibitions since then. Some of his important exhibitions include the Tokyo Print Biennale, Japan, 1976; Sao Paulo Biennale, Brazil, 1977; the Royal Academy of Art, London, 1982. He lives and works in Hyderabad and Jaipur.
When one looks at Goud’s work, rustic, raw, and potent might be the first words that come to mind. His portraits of men and women represent the dynamic Indian ethos rather than particular individual identities. A recurrent theme with the artist is that of the erotic, treated as an active and powerful aspect of male and female sexuality and existence.
Goud’s work is dramatic; his protagonists are raw and vivacious in their appeal, imbibed with energy that reverberates through his strokes and textures. Most of Laxma Goud Paintings is centered on the rural, recreating landscapes from his childhood as if they were frozen in time. In the artist’s later work, his figures turn softer, more introspective than brash in their outlook. Recently, the artist has worked on a series of lush landscapes in vivid colors reminiscent of his youth spent in rural Andhra Pradesh. Like most of the artist’s work, these are generally executed in a miniature format, in what is perhaps an attempt to create an intimate atmosphere in which the viewer can engage directly with his creations.
In 2007, the exhibition, Laxma Goud 40 Years: A Retrospective was organized by Aicon Gallery, New York. Other recent solo shows of Goud’s work include Sculptures, Bronze and Terra-cottas at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006; Recent Terracotta, Ceramic, Bronze Sculptures at Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006; and those held at Aicon Gallery, New York, in 2003; and Grey Art Gallery, New York, in 2001-02. Some of the noted group shows in which his works have been features are From the Vault at Aicon Gallery, London and New York, in 2007; 17th Anniversary Show at Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata, in 2007; and Back to the Future at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2006. Goud’s work has also been a part of the São Paulo Biennale, Brazil, in 1977; and Indian Art Tomorrow at the Philips Collection, Washington D.C., in 1986.
He is truly a master of media, having achieved success with oil, acrylic, watercolor, pen, ink, etching and sculpture in bronze and terracotta. Born in a village in Andhra Pradesh, he spent his childhood observing rural tradition and craft, such as leather puppetry and terracotta ornaments. These formative years are reflected in his principal artistic theme—the special earthiness and innocence of rural life in India.
Through his exquisitely colored paintings and drawings, art by Laxma Goud transports viewers to a rustic past where men in bright clothes and women with ornate jewelry revel among animals and lavish flora. He captures both the simplicity of these villagers and their unselfconscious eroticism. As he has aptly said, “There is eroticism in
nature itself.” Laxma Goud received a diploma in painting from the University of Hyderabad, and he later studied mural painting and printmaking at M.S. University, Baroda. An iconic Indian artist, he has received a Padmashri Award, and he has exhibited in India and internationally, including in New York, Washington D.C. and São Paulo.
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