- Laxma K. Goud
1957-62 GCFAA, Hyderabad, Diploma in Drawing & Painting. 1963-65 Post Diploma in Mural Painting & Drawing, MSU.
In 2007, the exhibition, ‘Laxma Goud 40 Years: A Retrospective’ was organized by Aicon Gallery, New York. Other recent solo shows of Goud’s work include ‘Sculptures, Bronze and Terra-cottas’ at the Guild Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006; ‘Recent Terracotta, Ceramic, Bronze Sculptures’ at Gallery Threshold, New Delhi, and Pundole Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006; and those held at Aicon Gallery, New York, in 2003; and Grey Art Gallery, New York, in 2001-02. Some of the noted group shows in which his works have been features are ‘From the Vault’ at Aicon Gallery, London and New York, in 2007; ‘17th Anniversary Show’ at Gallery Sanskriti, Kolkata, in 2007; and ‘Back to the Future’ at Gallery Espace, New Delhi, in 2006. Goud’s work has also been a part of the São Paulo Biennale, Brazil, in 1977; and ‘Indian Art Tomorrow’ at the Philips Collection, Washington D.C., in 1986.
Laxma Goud, a master draftsman, displays his versatility over a range of mediums, from etching, gouache and pastels, to glass paintings. Over the years he is known to have moved from one medium to another with elan.
'Rustic', 'raw', 'potent' are the words that come to mind when looking at Laxma Goud's works. The portraits of men and women represent the dynamic Indian ethos rather than particular individual identities. A recurrent theme with the artist is that of the erotic, treated as an active and powerful aspect of male and female sexuality and existence. Goud’s work is dramatic; his protagonists are raw and vivacious in their appeal, imbibed with energy that reverberates through his strokes and textures. Most of Goud’s art is centered on the rural, recreating landscapes from his childhood as if they were frozen in time. In the artist’s later work, his figures turn softer, more introspective than brash in their outlook.
Recently, the artist has worked on a series of lush landscapes in vivid colors reminiscent of his youth spent in rural Andhra Pradesh. Like most of the artist’s work, these are generally executed in a miniature format, in what is perhaps an attempt to create an intimate atmosphere in which the viewer can engage directly with his creations.