Eknath Giram is an emerging figurative artist from Pune. He received his graduate degree in art and his diploma in art education from the Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya in Pune in 1997 and 1998 respectively.
Eknath is best known for his paintings of Lord Krishna and has spent the last twelve years using Lord Krishna and his tales as the central theme of his works. In the words of the artist: “I am overwhelmed by the Sarvakarshak aspects of the omnipresent personality of Lord Krishna, and have tried to present that in my works. I have tried to show all that is attractive, as I believe that Krishna is the embodiment of everything that is aakarshak. The gopis, the cows and the flowers and the Vrindavan scenes all are about the beauty and love of Krishna.”
Eknath has a distinctive expressionist figurative style, most evident in particular in his stylized form of Lord Krishna. He uses bright colours that are calm yet stand out. His human forms have an unmistakable tranquillity around them and the scenery is muted and subtle. He has refrained from giving titles to his works on the basis that “a title restricts art” and he would like the interpretation of his paintings to be left open to the viewer’s imagination.
Selected solo exhibitions
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2012, 2009, 2004)
- Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai (2011, 2005)
- Pradarshak Art Gallery, Mumbai (2007, 2000)
Selected group exhibitions
- Vinnyasa Premier Art Gallery, Chennai (2012, 2007, 2006)
- Habitat Centre, New Delhi (2011)
- Renaissance Art Gallery, Bangalore (2011)
- Transform Art Gallery, Mumbai (2010)
- Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Mumbai (2008, 1999)
- Pradarshak Art Gallery, Mumbai (2008, 1997)
- Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai (2001)
- Rashtriya Lalit Kala Kendra, Bhubaneshwar (1998)
- Y B Chavan Art Gallery, Mumbai (1997)
- Kala Mela, Calcutta (1996)
- Khushboo Art Gallery, Pune (1996).