Anand Manchiraju

The Child Factor

An International Art Exhibition

(February15 through October 31, 2021)

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BIO

I was born in Eluru, AP, India. Since childhood, I used to observe my father Sri M.S. Murthy, while he was painting and when he finished his work, I used to clean his brushes. Often, I used same brushes to come up with my own art. I followed my passion for art and developed my unique style. In a career spanning more than 50 plus years as a professional artist and have done over 3000 artwork on various subject matter such as landscapes, portraits, still-life, nudes, animals, travel, and botanicals, on different media such as oils on canvas, acrylic on canvas, water colors on paper, etc. I studied photography in the JNTU Government College of Fine Arts and Architecture, Hyderabad and furthering my education by taking Color Photo Technology at the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Dehradun. Upon graduation, I joined Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited, Rishikesh Uttaranchal, as Artist and Photographer. I have also been serving as the President of Andhra Academy of Arts, Vijayawada for three decades for the cause and propagation of art. Living close to Himalayan mountains I got inspired by the splendours of nature and Ganga river. As a result, nature is often the centerpiece of my work. My sense of the personal, cultural and world view can be seen in my painting on Indian Tribes and Tribal Dances, Gods such as Siva, Krishna, Ganesha, Buddha, Saints, etc. Using photography skills and my innate innovativeness, I have extensively experimented using photo chemicals on bromide and painting on used X-ray film after treating them. I am one of the very few in the world to do artwork in this medium. In recent past, I have travelled around the world visiting my children. Hence city abstracts have also become a recurrent theme. My work has been exhibited in many prestigious galleries in India. My first exhibition was in the Raj Bhawan, Hyderabad in the year 1968. Since then, I have exhibited my work at Jehangir Art Gallery (Mumbai), Nehru Centre (Mumbai), Bajaj Art Gallery (Mumbai), Lalit Kala Academy (New Delhi), India International Center (New Delhi), Triveni Art Gallery (New Delhi), Academy of Fine Art (Kolkatta), Lalit Kala Academy (Chennai), Muse Art gallery (Hyderabad), State Gallery of Fine Arts (Hyderabad). I have received several state and national level awards. These exhibitions received critical applause from the press & T.V media as well as enthusiastic response from the art lovers. My artwork is in private collections and galleries around the world. More recently, I have also participated and exhibited in several international juried exhibitions both online and offline such as Studio Montclair NJ; Fusion Art, Palm Springs, CA; Art impact International; Awesome Art Inc; Youth for Human Rights, Washington DC; Artivita Online Art; Light Space & Time Online Art Gallery; The Contemporary Art Gallery Online; Sacramento Fine Arts Center, Carmichael, CA ; Chico Art Center, Chico, CA, and many others. When I reflect upon my long association with art, I find that the creative process is just as intriguing and rewarding as the final outcome of my projects. This desire to create has always been strong even when others have tried to dissuade me. The internal push to create has given me an appreciation for the process of exploration, patience and the beauty of art. I believe this creative and explorative journey has become about freedom to create and the freedom to
express myself.

STATEMENT

Having many interests and abilities can make for a rich and satisfying life. Artist Anand Swaroop Machiraju is a shining example of this elevated sense of gratification that comes through his soothing demeanour. Exceptionally good at the art of being humble, this septuagenarian believes that an artist must turn inward, become still, meditate on that stillness and awaken to what is within, which seeks expression. In Anand Swaroop’s case, all he had to do was to reconnect with the artist of soul that lived in his DNA as a gift from his late father M.S. Murthy, a renowned artist. He started exploring the nuances of a paint brush when he was all of five. “I would watch my father paint and grab the brushes to clean them at the end of the day. At that time, I would try my hand at it,” he recounts with nostalgia. It did not take long for him to sense his passion for fine arts and he enrolled for a course in photography while in school. Later, he joined the Rishikesh unit of the Indian Drugs and Pharmaceuticals Limited in Uttranachal as an artist and a photographer. Smitten by the tranquility and intimacy the place offered, he allowed the overwhelming natural beauty of the verdant landscapes, the earth carpeted with green grass, the gurgling brooks and streams and the snow-capped mountain peaks to stoke the fire of creativity in him. Soon, he was filling empty canvasses with a series of landscapes, portraits and abstracts. The power of imagination made him infinite as he reveled in stepping into the unknown to fulfil his strong desire for discovery without any attachment to outcome; he was willing to get lost in his new love of adventure. Anand Swaroop calls himself an artist by birth, a photographer by profession and a sculptor by practice. The lawns of his house in Rishikesh are dotted with some rare sculptures he has created. Innovative streak. The innovative streak in him made him one of the first to use photochemical on bromide as a medium of painting. He has also done paintings on discarded XRay sheets. “As a student of photography, I once discovered that a chemical, when splashed on X-Ray sheet gives a fascinating result. This technique he used it at a later stage to create an image of Lord Ganesha flanked by Siddhi and Buddhi and a few other images. Substituting the paint brush with different other modes like a thread, a broom stick, a nail, or even the bristles of a comb dipped in colour to get an image, he realized that an artist is like a scientist who experiments and draws very different meanings with the same data. Focused conception of an idea, its visualization, use of right technical means and careful execution is a sure-fire recipe for good result, he says. Of the 3,000 paintings, categorized in different genres, many of them adorn the walls of art galleries and museums across the country. The South Zone Cultural Centre, Madras, Austrian Embassy, New Delhi, Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi, Andhra Academy of Arts, Vijayawada and State Gallery of Hyderabad are a few of these places. His 20-odd solo exhibitions across the country have won him critical appreciation of art-lovers. Equipped with many rewards and awards bestowed in recognition of his talent, the artist still seems ravenous, wanting to rummage around for newness. Flirting with lines, colours, shapes and textures for years, to describe them, he thinks beyond straight or curved, red or orange, light or dark, round or square, striped or polka dot, shallow or deep, and small or large. His landscape paintings are filled with farmland and barns that greet viewers with a warm blast of dazzling sunlight and complete with the intoxicating aroma of a freshly cut hayfield, and the glistening golden blades of hay while his abstract works are about swirling shapes and an array of colourful patterns where at times, one gets to see pure energy and cosmic flow. The intensity of his work enriches the viewer’s experience.

Free Spirited

Free Spirited

Let us be what we want to be. Let us fly. Let us be free spirited. We promise you we will add color to your otherwise monotonic life.

Park and Play

Park and Play

Fulfill our basic needs and enrich our simple thoughts while we add happiness to the happenings in your life. Try and park yourself dear parents and let us play.

2. Conquer the sky
String us with the RIGHT education, the RIGHT health, and the RIGHT emotions, and wait. You will see us fly and conquer the sky.

Conquer the Sky

Conquer the Sky

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Inquiries?

Please contact the Curator:

 Carolyn Goodridge at cgoodridge@artimpactinternational.org