K. Laxma Goud
Untitled | New York, Rockefeller Plaza | ink on paper | 27 x 35.6 cm
- Born 1940
- Collected by Centre for International Modern Art (Kolkata), National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi), Delhi Art Gallery (New Delhi), Glenbarra Museum (Himeji, Japan), Peabody Essex Museum (Salem, Mass.), Griffelkunst (Hamburg, Germany), Lalit Kala Akademi (New Delhi)
- Related artists John Currin, Fernando Botero, Alfredo Ramos Martinez
“In Laxma Goud’s universe, we peer at many mytghs, only some of which have been discovered… He is bafflingly modern, even though his sources are traditional.”
Anahite Contractor, art critic and poet
Goud derives inspiration from his childhood in rural Andhra Pradesh, India. His flora and fauna are typically lush and wild, and his tribal men and women are clad in colorful lungis and saris and bejeweled with traditional tribal ornaments. Though he commonly portrays quotidian scenes of common folk, his works are highly stylized, depicting a sort of fantasy world. Goud has experimented with various types of media, from traditional oils, to watercolor, pen, ink, colored pencil and etchings in his two-dimensional work, to a series of bronze and terra cotta sculptures he produced near the turn of the millennium.
Their comic, often ribald nature unifies many of them. As his gallerists at Aicon have put it, “Humor, earthiness and vitality emerge as Goud transforms the characters of his works—man into goat, goat into woman, and man and woman peer lustfully at each other.” That “earthiness” can seem gross, caricatured. But it’s also just a reflection, perhaps, of basic human discomfort with the body, or with nature. As Goud has said, “there is eroticism in nature itself.”
K. Laxma Goud received his diploma from the Government College of Art and Architecture in Hyderabad, India, in 1963. He went on to study mural painting and printmaking at M.S. University in Baroda, from 1963 to 1965. He has had several solo shows throughout his career, including a show of bronzes and terra cottas at the Guild Art Gallery in Mumbai (2006); a show at Gallery Arts India in New York (2003); and a show at the Grey Art Gallery in New York (2001-2002). He has also participated in several group exhibitions in cities like New Delhi, and Washington DC, and appeared in the São Paulo Biennale in 1977.
Born in 1940 in Nizampur, in Andhra Pradesh, India, the artist currently lives and works in Hyderabad, India.