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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'Untitled' (Embracing couple) (2007) by A.P. Santhanaraj, ink on paper, 15 x 21.5 inches unframed, S

Here lines inform the viewer of the embracing couple more than the abstract shapes that float sparingly around the image. As we follow lines, two major areas are highlighted: the circle of embrace in which the arms are the lower section and the heads touching are the upper section; and second, the lower body that forms the second area, the legs on either side of the composition creating harmony and unity.