Village Girls

SELVAR020 Painting, Selvaraj A


28 × 22 in

Acrylic on Handmade Paper

It takes a special kind of talent to be able to show the feelings of calm and tranquility through something that an epitome of movement – the dance. A.Selvaraj, one of India’s most famous and appreciated artists, does just that, managing to make his viewers feel serene even though they are exposed to something that seemingly evokes the exact opposite. All of his artistic talent is focused there and that is the main reason for his popularity. However, at one point, his life was nowhere near artistic future, as the career in engineering was in his focus. The destiny, universe, whatever you may call it, interfered, allowing him to realize that his love of classical Indian dance could be projected through visual arts. Having discovered this new world where he could express himself through painting, Selvaraj quietly forwent his studies and the possibility of a career as an engineer, and bravely embraced his passion, beginning to further discover his true love – the painting and drawing. When he was only 23, in 1966, the artist became a life member of the internationally recognized and critically acclaimed Cholamandal Artists’ Village located in Chennai.