Paintings and Drawings from 1991

The artists experiments in colour, medium and the scale of the canvas widens the scope of his painting.  during the year ’94 -’95, Gireesh’s painting underwent drastic changes.  The artist no more employs the foreground-background distinction.  The undulating biomorphic forms dancing in the vast and infinite space evokes the experience of a musical composition.  The strong yet supple lines has a rhythm scaling up and down the picture plane.  The rhythmic movement spreads to all over the composition.  Ambiguity created through the hide and seek play of the forms is one of the notable features of these compositions.
Gireesh avoids the use of narrative content in the later works.  Using the permutation and combination of the very limited motifs, he evokes infinite number of expressions of diverse nature.  To the young artist, content is no more the master of form and colour.  His reactions to the requirement of the composition such as the use of the red stripe of paper as the sail of a boat in a painting in black and grey paper to be very bold and dynamic.

Gireesh creates transparent yet ambiguous space with the open planes and forms.   The photographer- painter keeps away his obsession for naturalism, chiaroscuro and photographic space for his photographic venture.  But the photographic film sheet continues to be one of the means of the artist’s expression.  Interesting enough, the textured surface of the prime coated film retains the glow of the fresh and vibrant colours.

Nanda Kumar, Teacher, writer. 1996