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JMS Mani

BORN
1949 Bengaluru, Karnataka

 

DIED
June 2, 2021 Bangalore

 

EDUCATION QUALIFICATIONS
1974 Ken School of Art, Bangalore

 

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2004 Painting Exhibition in Chennai by Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore
2003 Organized by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore at Gallery 88, Kolkata
2003 Painting Exhibition at Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore
2002 Nagpur
2001 Sumukha Gallery, Bengaluru
1999, 2000, 2001 The Gallery, Mumbai
1996 Crimson Art Gallery, Bangalore
1995 Graphics, Renaissance Gallery,
1995 Maya Gallery, Hong Kong
1995 Mall Gallery, London
1995 Graphics, Switzerland
1994 Lee Arthur Gallery, New York
1994 Aurobindo Gallery, New Delhi
1993 Kufa Art Gallery, London
1992 Spencer's Bangalore
1991 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1990 Indian Culture Month, Singapore
1989-1992 The Gallery, Chennai
1985 Graphics, Chitrakala Parishanth, Bangalore
1982 Regional Centre, Chennai
1981-1984 Venkatappa Art Gallery, Bangalore
1981-1982 Kritika Art Gallery
1979 Bangalore University

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2010 Roots in the Contemporary, presented by Mahua Art Gallery, Bangalore at Kamalnayan Bajaj Art Gallery, Mumbai
2009 Roopa Bheda, Alankritha Art Gallery, Hyderabad
2009 The Root of Everything, Mementos Gallery, Bangalore
2005 Organized by Sumukha Art Gallery, Bangalore in London
2003 Art on Paper Fair, organized by Gallery Sumukha in London
1999 Spastics Society, Karnataka
1999 Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1999 Karnataka Academy of Sculpture
1999 British Airways Art Gallery, Mumbai
1999 Tata Steel, Jamshedpur
1999 Art Consult, New Delhi
1999 Ashraya, Dubai
1999 Images Art Gallery
World Kannada Conference 1998 in Manchester, Government of Karnataka
1998 Chitra Yatra K.L. Academy
1998 Silver Jubilee Exhibition, Cymroza Art Gallery, Mumbai
1998 Organized by Apparao Galleries, Chennai in New York, London, New Delhi
1998 Human Form and Art, Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
1998 Time and space
1997 Art for Ashraya
1997 Human Form and Art, Images Art Gallery
1997 Hyatt Regency, New Delhi
1996 Hotel Oberoi
1995 Karnataka Academy of Sculpture, Maya Gallery, Hong Kong
1995 Renaissance Gallery, Windsor Manor, Bangalore
1995 Windsor Mansion, Bengaluru
1993 Traditional Paintings, Kannada University, Hampi
1992 Grindlays Gallery, Chennai
1990,92,94,96,97,98 The Gallery, Chennai
1990 Annual Exhibition, Bharat Bhavan, Bhopal
1989-1990 Bharat Bhawan International, Prints Biennale
1987 Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy and Bombay Kannada Sangha
1986 Saarc Exhibition, Chitrakala Parishanth, Bangalore
1986-1989 Sistas Art Gallery
1986, 1987, 1995 Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai
1984 Karnataka Kala Yatra
1983 group exhibition in Goa
1980 Southern Art Trends Exhibition
1979, 1983, 1985, 1996 Samyojitha Group
1979 Painters of Karnataka

 

PARTICIPATIONS
2008 Centu - Rays, Siddaganga Institute of Technology, Tum Kur, Karnataka
2003 Presented by Gallery Sumukha, Bangalore at the Singapore Art Fair, Singapore
1996 National Kala Mela
1980,81,83,86,89 Karanataka Kalamela
1981 All India Graphic Exhibition organized by Samyojitha
1980-85, 1987, 1988 National Exhibition
1985, 1995 All India Exhibition, Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore
1979-98 Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy

 

HONORS AND AWARD
1981,83,95 Karnataka Lalit Kala Academy

 

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The historical location of Badami, as well as the innocence of the people there, who I find very hardworking and honest in every way, inspire me to capture their simplicity through my paintings. The simple, rustic people of the Deccan Plateau of South India, with strong Dravidian (an ancient South Indian race) traits, are the subjects of JMS Mani's Paintings. His art is a fusion of Indian culture with Western formalism. His figures are modeled in three-dimensional form, with bold brushstrokes, similar in style to those of the Impressionists. Mani chooses to represent the characters of him, the balloon seller and the women with a rooster, in a simple and orderly way. He tells an untold story, much like the famous dancer of the ancient Mohenjodaran civilization of the Indus Valley, a story that tells of the origins of an entire race. Although seemingly simple, Manis' images are also representative of an entire civilization.

 

The vibrant colors of his paintings offset the dark skin of his characters, creating a sense of drama in his compositions. And it is his colors and compositions that are expressive, more than the figures themselves. The figures appear to have been frozen within the canvas, and their beauty and grace are enhanced by the restrained use of gestures and expressions.

 

JMS Mani has a diploma in Drawing and Painting from Ken School of Art, Bangalore. He won the Karnataka Lait Kala Akademi award from 1981 to 1983. He has performed 19 shows in India and London. He has participated in 43 group exhibitions, such as the SAARC Exhibition at Chitra Kala Parishath, Bengaluru, and the Bharat Bhavan International Print Biennale in 1989. He currently lives and works in Bengaluru.

 

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