I wanted to jot down some of my thoughts in relation to this dramatic new canvas by T. Athiveerapandian that just entered the collection. I say it is new but it is a 2007 canvas that I acquired from a very good friend of mine who in turn bought them from some other dealers. It has enjoyed a great journey before arriving at The Noble Sage. I am so glad it is with me now as there is no better place for it to be appreciated and no audience more discerning than that of The Noble Sage to critique an Athiveerapandian canvas. This is our 43rd canvas of my Chennai artist Athiveerapandian to grace our walls. That means that our audiences have literally seen more of the evolution of this painter than anyone on the planet! And what an artist to follow. From recognisable close-up images of flowers and petals and such in 2006 to this: what can only be described as the abstract opera of nature – powerful, rich and deftly orchestrated for a sublime effect. There are three wonderful 2012 canvases soon to be framed which show his development from 2007 but it has to be said that 2007 was a good year for Athiveerapandian. It was the biggest leap forward for his abstraction. With our regular patronage, the artist was able to free himself in his art from the hold of figuration and branch out into nearly pure colour with lessening relationship to its starting points in nature. We can still see the abstract renderings of foliage in green central in the canvas, and the top right of the canvas feels like a wave caught mid-ebb. Indeed, the red reminds me of the heat ofchennai and the yellow the hot sun. But this for all sense and purposes is an abstract canvas where the artist is revelling in his new expressive freedom. I wish you could see this every day like I do. It makes me wish I could paint abstracts, have this kind of mastery. The canvas must really look limitless to Athiveerapandian when it is empty of paint. It must be so silent to make it sing as he does. Jana Manuelpillai
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