UNESCO-honoured artist Paris Mohan Kumar’s artworks find a permanent address in Kochi
Ever since his first show in Kochi, last year at David Hall, this Mahe-based artist has become a familiar face among the city dwellers. A celebrated champion of environmental causes, it was only natural that Mohan chose to entrust his artworks with Sandeep Johnson, the founder of city-based Aambal eco-store (a curated space selling handcrafted organic products). Months later, the result of this collaboration is Galerie Wildspace, an 800 sqft permanent gallery for Mohan, which currently exhibits 43 of his artworks. In his own words, this self-taught artist’s paintings, sculptures and prints exhibited at the space has one goal in mind—“To humanise the man for the sake of nature, women and children.”
Be the voice
The first thing to strike you about his paintings might be the deep shades of blue, but almost all of his works feature the solitary figure of a woman. When asked about the significance of the same, Mohan is of the opinion that women are much safer in an imaginary landscape like his, as opposed to a public space. Presenting a strong voice against ecological, social and gender-based exploitations, his 100-plus works in watercolour and acrylic will be available at the outlet for purposes including reprint. Apart from Mohan’s paintings, visitors can also expect sculptures by his students including artists like Sinu Baby Kuka.“Personally, I believe that Mohan is doing a great service to the society by dedicating his work to the conservation of nature. Since we support an organic and eco-friendly lifestyle, it’s our greatest pride to be able associate with and support an artist like him,”shares Sandeep.
At Napier street.