M G Doddamani
Born in 1968 in Kannur, Karnataka, M G Doddamani completed his Bachelors in Fine Art (Painting) with a first rank, winning a gold medal from Gulbarga University in 1990. He went on to do a Masters in Fine Arts (Graphics) from Visva Bharti University, Shantiniketan in 1992.
Essentially a figurative artist, he seeks to elevate his images from their ‘normal’ or human level. What aptly describes Doddamani’s portraits is its disinterested austerity, resulting in a somewhat ethereal countenance. Dismayed by human ravenousness he seeks to illustrate a ‘middle path’ in his work. Enchanted by the sublimity of Buddha and his teachings, which illustrate a surrendering of all human desires, he seeks to negotiate his humanness through his paintings. So the various monk heads in his paintings could perform as his alter ego. He connects himself to ‘comfortableness’ through the process of painting.
The golden light falling on the profiles with shaven-heads creates an other-worldliness for these human faces. The transformation suggests a being without pretence or affection. Doddamani has developed a distinct style through his use of multiple gradations of light, marked by simplified heads shaped by distinct contours and elegant appearances. What is intriguing in the face in his paintings are the eyes – they do not look anywhere but instead seem to think.
Doddamani lives and works in Bangalore.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
- Rightlines Art Gallery Bangalore (2007, 2003)
- Neelambari Resorts, Kerala (2006)
- M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore (1993)
- Images Art Gallery Bangalore (1999)
Selected Group Exhibitions
- Amaya Art, Bangalore (2008, 2006) and London (2006)
- “Indian Art in Paris”, Mantram Art Foundation, Paris (2006)
- Kynkyny Art Gallery Bangalore (2006)
- Mantram Art Foundation, LalithMahal, Mysore (2006)
- Reflections Gallery, Hong Kong (2005)
- Homage to K.K. Hebbar, Venkatappa Art Gallery Bangalore (2005)
- “Young Talented South Indian Artists”, Lakshana Art Gallery, Bangalore (2002)
- “Mother & Child”, Time & Space Gallery, Bangalore (2002)
- Right Lines Gallery, Bangalore (2001)
- Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy, Jaipur (2000) and Lucknow (1999)