“Colors and techniques were never a constraint,” remarks artist Paul Satheesh, whose graphic prints and dynamic works of paint on canvas and crayon on board possess a soothing and introspective subtlety. Avoiding lavish use of color and the distracting noise of excess and clutter, Satheesh’s singular and subdued renderings stretch the figurative into the abstract. The individual works are often dominated by centralized oblong shapes. These multilayered, multihued forms often appear to ‘wrap’ against an off-white ground. Out of these larger structures, figurative renderings of human life emerge and recede back into abstraction. Masculine and feminine pairs - often engaged in a symbolic embrace or epitomized as a dance of opposite and equal forces - are a reoccurring motif in the work.
Paul Satheesh, born in Trivandrum, India, received a BFA in painting at Kerala University and a MFA in graphics from Bangalore University. He has been included in a number of international exhibitions and biennials throughout India and abroad, and has received prestigious awards in the arts. He currently lives and works in Bahrain.