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A V Ilango


Born March 17, 1950, A.V. Ilango made his debut in the art scene in 1973 on completing his Masters in Mathematics at the Bengaluru University. Inspired by his childhood memories spent in Gobichettipalayam, the artist vividly recalled the harvest, fairs, and festivals that resounded with folk songs, music and dance, the drumbeat and tinkling of the ankle bells, Ochre musicians and dancers that enlivened the crowd with leaps and swirls in ecstasy. These were some of the images he captured on his earlier canvas. He was also inspired by the architectural and sculptural splendors of Madurai temples, folk dances like Karagam, Kavadi, and  Oyilattam and later on Odissi in the Utsav series that was a pure celebration of dance.


The artist opines that his way of conceptualizing, as a mathematician, has contributed a lot to his artistic research. He values the linear quality in his oeuvre and the development of a concept and the motif. Besides the human figure, the artist has been engaged in capturing in painting and sculpture the essence of the Bovine. According to him, cows and bulls form the very idiom of primitive, folk and classical arts of India. He continues to experiment with space, form, and line and is heading towards capturing movements with abstract expressions.
The artist lives and works in Chennai.


2013&14 - Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai
2012 - ‘Utsav 2012’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2011 - ‘Rhythm 2011’,  Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai.
2011 - ‘Rhythm 2011’, Time and Space Gallery, Bengaluru
2011 - ‘Utsav’, Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi 
2011 - ‘The Bull’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2010 - ‘Utsav 2010’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai  
2008 - ‘Utsav 2008’, Artspace The Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2008 - ‘Introspection’, Tamarind Art Council, New York, USA
2008 - ‘The Bovine Principle’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2007 - ‘The Bovine Principle’, Art Smart Gallery, Trivandrum 
2007 - ‘Second Reincarnation’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2007 - ‘Utsav’, Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai
2006 - ‘Utsav’, San Francisco, USA
2006 - ‘Utsav’, Hotel Windsor Manor, Bengaluru
2006 - Exhibition at the Indian Consulate General, New York, USA
2005 - ‘Under the Spell’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2005 - ‘Utsav’, Sutra Dance Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2005 - ‘Under the Spell’, National Theatre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2004 - Hotel Lyon Est, Lyons, France
2004 - ‘Women Series’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2003 - ‘Women Series’ by Forum Art Gallery at Chitrakala Parishath, Bengaluru
2002 - ‘Chennai Series’ by British Council at Forum Gallery, Chennai
2002 - ‘Line. Space. Rhythm’ by the Bullukian Foundation, Lyons  France
2002 - ‘Utsav 2002’, Lakshana Art Gallery, Bengaluru
2002 - ‘Stree Mayam’, Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai
2001 - ‘Utsav’, Lakshana Art Gallery, Hyderabad
2000 - Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai
1999 - Dauphin Gallery, Singapore
1998 - ‘Bull and Beyond’, Alliance Française, Chennai
1995- ‘The Chennai Series, Landmark’, Chennai 
1996 - ‘Silapathikaram & Manimegalai’, British Council Division and The Book Point, Chennai
1996 - Grindlays Art Gallery, New Delhi
1995 - The Bhownagree Gallery, The Commonwealth Institute, London
1994 - ‘Rhythm 94’, British Council Division, Chennai
1990 - Chola Art Gallery, Chennai
1989 & 91 - Grindlays Art Gallery, Chennai
1986 & 88 - Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1985 - ‘Rhythm 85’, C.P. Art Centre, Chennai
1985 - Alliance Française, Bengaluru
1980 & 84 - Alliance Française, Chennai
1980 - Pandian Hotel, Madurai


2016 - IAF Delhi by Forum Art Gallery
2015 - ‘Padme’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2014 - IAF Mumbai by Forum Art Gallery
2014 - ‘Interface’ for Art Chennai, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2013 - IAF Mumbai by Forum Art Gallery
2013 - ‘ConCurrenCe’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2012 - ‘Raas Leela’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2011 - IAF Mumbai by Forum Art Gallery
2011 - ‘Heart of Sculpture’ for Art Chennai, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2010 - ‘Functional Art’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2010 - ‘Present in the Past’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2010 - Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai
2010 - Art Smart Collection, Travancore Art Gallery, New Delhi
2009 - ‘Oh Hanuman’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2009 - Art Fusion Show, Tamil Nadu & Kerala, Nehru Centre, Mumbai
2009 - ‘10 /10 Anniversary Show’, Jamaat Gallery, Mumbai
2009 - ‘Lining the Streets’ for Chennai Sangamam 2009, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
2008 - Aathreya  Gallery, Chennai
2002 - ‘Inaugural Show’, Forum Art Gallery, Chennai
1996 - ‘Urban Signals and Shifting Images IV’ at Birla Academy of Art & Culture, Mumbai
1996 - ‘Madras - An Emotion’ at Values Art Foundation, Chennai
1992 & 94 - Temple of Fine Arts, Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore
1989 - The Gallery, Chennai
1987 - Sakshi Art Gallery, Chennai
1986 - Alliance Française, Bengaluru
1985 - Russian Cultural Centre, Chennai
1984 - Alliance Française, Chennai


2012-15 - Malayasian Art Expo, Dubai Art Festival, International Art Show, Singapore
2009 - Sutra Art Gallery, International Art Expo,  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2008 - Indian Art show, Taipei, Taiwan
2008 - Stirring  Odissi Festival Exhibition, Petronas Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2006 - International Art Fair, Birla Art International, New York, USA
2003 - Salon de CREAC, Lyons, France
2002 - Salon d’Automne, European Academy of Arts, Paris, France
2001 - Salon de l’Ile de France, Brétigny Sur Orge, France
2001 - 09 - Salon International de Printemps, Lyons Fine Arts Society, Lyons, France
1998 - Art and Human Form, National Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai
1997 - Golden Jubilee of Independence Exhibition, Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai     
1993 - National Kala Mela, Regional Centre, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai
1992 - National Exhibition, Central Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1981 - 1991 - State Exhibition, Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai
1982 - State Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai, Mumbai, and New Delhi
1980 - Fifth World Tamil Conference Exhibition, Madurai


2011 - Contemporary Sculptures, TCS, Siruseri, IT Corridor, Chennai 
2009 - Police Memorial Sculpture DGP Office, Chennai
2007 - Nayyandi Melam & To the Shandy, TCS, Siruseri, IT Corridor, Chennai
2006 - Ainthinai, IT Corridor, Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation, Chennai
2005 - Utsav, Kongu Engineering College, Perunthurai, Tamil Nadu


2006 - Chennai, not Madras, Marg Publications, Mumbai
2004 - Silapadikaram Women of Substance - Set design for the theatrical production of Cleveland Cultural Alliance - the USA
1999 - 2002 - Translation of Contemporary Classical Tamil Novel of Kalki Ponniyin  Selvan, Volumes IV, Macmillan Publication, Chennai
1998 - Folk Tale of Manipur, Who will be Ningthou? Tulika Publication, Chennai
1997 - D’une Inde à l’autre by Odile Orsini Dumoulin, Lyons
1996 - Translation of Tamil Epics Silapathikaram and Manimekalai, Orient Longman Publication, Chennai    

2015 - coming home to eARTh ‘Space. Line. Form’. A book by A.V.Ilango & Srivi Kalyan, Sponsored by Sublime Gallery, Bengaluru
2010 - President Association of British scholars, Chennai Chapter.
2009 - International Artist Award, International Spring Salon 2009, Lyon, France
2008 - Paramacharya Award by Info Network Management Co Ltd
2002 - International Gold Medal at the Salon  d’Automne, European Academy of Arts, Paris
2001 - Jury Award at the Salon de l’Ile de France, Festival de Brétigny / Orge, France 
2001 - Jury Award of the Lyons Fine Arts Society Salon International de Printemps, Lyons, France
1997 - State Award at the Golden Jubilee of Independence Exhibition
1992 - ABS Chennai Chapter & British Council Fellowship: Visit UK


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