Artwork of the Day: Metamorphosis, S. Mark Rathinaraj
S. Mark Rathinaraj’s “Metamorphosis” series deals with yoga. In today’s Artwork of the Day he uses bold lines to depict the dhanurasana, or bow pose, echoed by kinetic strokes in the background that evoke the physical and spiritual intensity required in executing these yogic postures. The clear but subtle colors lend themselves to the dynamism of the pose while and reflecting the subtle energy that is the goal of the practice.
These yogic postures reinforce the power of the body as it goes through the rigours required to bring about change. In the silent spaces between the lines, and colours that chronicle the journey of the yogi, reposes the mystery of the movement of the soul, which I am attempting to capture.
Mark was born in T. Palur, a village near the temple town of Kumbakonam in Tamil Nadu (India). Mark’s innate artistic ability was shaped at the College of Fine Arts in Kumbakonam between 1985 and 1990. Mark’s art is distinguished by a contemplative and meditative serenity. “His timeless themes are lined with enduring brown and theatrical black to represent the intimate connection between Indian skin with earthy fertility and indelible imagery respectively” wrote a reviewer of his painting, while another praised Mark’s “calligraphic, evocative and suggestive” lines.
Mark has showcased his works at solo shows in Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore, as well as several group shows in India, Singapore and Europe. His paintings are also held in the collections of embassies, galleries, corporate headquarters, religious centers and places of worship, and as in the private holdings of celebrities and collectors both in India and abroad.