Aditya’s early interest in the human body and its depiction by the Renaissance and Baroque masters, has matured conceptually and technically in his recent body of works, which remind the classical Aristotelian dictum from Poetics— that argues for the natural desire of human beings to obtain pleasure from seeing corpse, if mediated by art.
For Aditya, the operation theatre has emerged as the site of dramatic painterly imagination, where various clinical objects precisely dissect the human body in a liminal stage of uncertainty between life and death. The science of transplantation of organs informs his artistic practice as he tries to look for potent signifiers elsewhere, for example— in a bottle whose cap has been misplaced and replaced, or in maggots that live and thrive in rotting flesh.
Aditya takes recourse of the technique of tenebrism or the dramatic treatment of light against predominant dark shadows as developed by the likes of Caravaggio in the 17th century, to scientifically probe the body undergoing surgery. The process involves photographic documentation, archival research, followed by commendable technical execution in oil paints, to reach at a visual quality which suspends the viewer between intuitive repulsion and fascination.
Unweaving the rainbow
Aditya Puthur (born 1991), completed his Post Diploma in Painting from M.S. University Baroda in 2016 and G.D Art in Drawing and Painting from L.S Raheja School of Art in 2014.He has been part of exhibitions Corpus, Image and Inextricability at Art Konsult, New Delhi (2019), Anthology on the Annexe, Gufa Gallery, Ahmedabad (2018), Shades of Life, Panjab University, Chandigarh (2018), Teaser, Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda (2016). Aditya did his solo show Unweaving the Rainbow at Faculty of Fine Arts, Baroda in 2019. He was a part of Workshop Body by Debesh Goswami in 2015 and Bombay Art & Craft Society – Nude session 2013. He is also a recipient of Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation Grant (2017), Young artist scholarship (Ministry of Culture 2017), and Nasreen Mohamedi Award (2016).