|How could Pugezhenthi draw the hot sighs arising out of pains from the heart?|
Bringing out Pains in Hues
As a young school boy, well known artist Pugazhenthi developed his passion for painting by drawing images like scorpions and crabs playfully on the wet sands of water channels, as his parents worked on the agricultural fields at their village in Thanjavur.
“All children are naturally interested in drawing and there was nothing special that I had a passion for it” reveals artist Pugazhenthi, who is a professor of painting in the Govt.College of Fine Arts, Chennai.
However, he continued his passion for art and bagged a great number of prizes during his school days and displayed an individual painting show at Thanjavur in 1983, when he was just 16 years old.
But, Pugazhenthi’s world of art is not of dreams and fantasies.
As he says that the goal of his art is total human liberty, most of his paintings reflect the pains of the people, who became victims of oppression, war and famine.
Answering to a question on how he could bring out the expression of pain distinctly in his drawings, Pugazhenthi discloses:
“While drawing certain images from the cruel realities of life, I myself have wept aloud many times. I am sure that the love and concern I naturally have for mankind, make my drawings vivid”
Pugazhenthi’s art shows, which were displayed in countries like Australia, Switzerland, Canada, Malaysia and Singapore, include The Shattered Nest on thousands of deaths in Gujarat earthquake, Storming Colours and Soul- Frozen Hues on the cruelties in Sri Lankan war and Faces in Direction, a portrait of rationalist Periyar E V R in 25 different angles.
Besides being an artist, Pugazhenthi is also an author of numerous books on paintings like Eriyum Vannangal (Burning Hues), Uranga Vannangal (Restless Hues), Thoorikai Siragugal (Wings of the Brush) and many more.
Pugazhenthi was recently in the city for the introduction of his recent book M. F Hussain – Indhia Samakala Oviya Kalayin Munnodi (M F Hussain – The Pioneer of Contemporary Indian Art)
Lauding Coimbatoreans for their passion for art, Pugazhendhi says:
“I have conducted art shows in Coimbatore for the last two decades. As the city has plenty of art lovers, my works are well received here”
On a question about the two schools of art - ‘Art for Art Sake’ and Art for People’s Sake’ Pugazhenthi underlines:
“Art is always for people. Only the creations of an artist, who loves mankind, can transcend generations”
B. Meenakshi Sundaram.