Andrew Paul Bengaluru Artist Explores Time and Memory in ‘Transcending Surfaces’ Exhibition

Andrew Paul: A Rising Star in the Art World

Renowned for his abstract paintings, Andrew Paul’s artistic journey has been nothing short of extraordinary. In 2016, The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Bible and the Arts recognized his talent, showcasing his masterpiece ‘Mighty My Saviour’ alongside works by the celebrated MF Husain. Another one of his creations, ‘Redemption,’ even graces the cover of a book penned by the esteemed Canadian-based Indian professor, Clara Joseph.

But beyond these accolades lies a fascinating tapestry of stories. A chance Facebook post of his artworks, intended for mere appreciation, connected him with an unexpected buyer—a psychology professor in the US who found solace in Andrew’s paintings, referring to them as “medicine,” especially significant given the professor’s battle with multiple sclerosis.

Another stroke of serendipity occurred when Andrew casually remarked to his sister that someday a wealthy individual would acquire his artworks. His prediction proved true when Indian billionaire Ajay Kalsi acquired his pieces.

Despite these remarkable achievements, Andrew remains humble, preferring to let his works speak for themselves rather than bask in the limelight of his success.

Artistic Expression Amidst Adversity

Andrew’s latest exhibition, ‘Transcending Surfaces,’ hosted at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, offers a glimpse into his inner world through a collection of thought-provoking pieces. ‘Memory of the Pandemic,’ one of his creations in the exhibition, showcases vertical frames of red paper marked with horizontal scratches.

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Explaining the genesis of these works, Andrew reveals that they were born out of a period of personal turmoil during the pandemic. Confronted with profound loss and existential challenges, he channeled his emotions into a meticulous artistic ritual. Each night, he meticulously etched a pre-painted red sheet with a surgical blade, symbolizing the passage of time and the uncertainty of the future.

While some might view this process as therapeutic, Andrew distinguishes his approach as inherently different. Unlike traditional therapeutic art, where emotions flow freely without restraint, Andrew’s method involves a calculated orchestration of tools and techniques, yielding unexpected and surprising outcomes.

Beyond the Canvas: A Multi-Sensory Experience

‘Transcending Surfaces’ is not just an art exhibition—it is an immersive journey that challenges conventional perceptions of art. Andrew’s deliberate selection of materials, intricate layering techniques, and diverse stylistic elements converge to explore themes of time, impermanence, and the fleeting nature of existence.

For Andrew, art is a transformative experience that transcends mere visual representation. Each painting, photograph, drawing, or film invites viewers to engage in a dialogue with the artwork, prompting a reexamination of their own perspectives and perceptions.

Expressing his disdain for the prevalent culture of endless documentation, Andrew encourages viewers to immerse themselves fully in the art, urging them to refrain from taking photos with their phones. He advocates for a more profound engagement with the artwork, emphasizing the importance of experiencing art with all senses.

Experience ‘Transcending Surfaces’ in Person

If you’re intrigued by Andrew Paul’s artistic vision, don’t miss the opportunity to witness ‘Transcending Surfaces’ at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath. The exhibition will be on display at Gallery 1 and 2 until May 15, inviting visitors to embark on a sensory odyssey through a blend of large-scale paintings, video essays, and found objects.

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Engage with Andrew’s works, challenge your perceptions, and let the art guide you on a journey of introspection and discovery. Remember, art is not just to be seen—it is meant to be felt, experienced, and interpreted through a lens that transcends the boundaries of the ordinary.

For more information about Andrew Paul and his upcoming exhibitions, visit his official website.