A.P. SANTHANARAJ  (1932 - 2009)

Early Abstract Painter of South India

A formidable artist of the South Indian art movement, the Late Professor A.P. Santhanaraj has influenced major artists as one of the key practitioners of abstract-figuration in Madras after Independence.

 

THE ART OF A.P. SANTHANARAJ

Manuelpillai Fine Arts are proud to present a series of works by the Late Professor A.P. Santhanaraj, a prominent figure in the Madras School Movement after Indian Independence.

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'The Legacy of Lord Jesus' (2006) by A.P. Santhanaraj, acrylic on canvas, 48 x 48 inches unframed, S

This stunning large canvas is in essence an abstraction of The Holy Communion. We see a table emerge from Santhanaraj's curious methodology of pre-painting. Upon it the circle of the Eucharist, a goblet of wine and perhaps a cloth folded to aside. Lines and arrows here are as much part of the abstract process as symbols of the power of the ceremony.