The Mask of God And Goddess
Artist Prakash Nayak’s work’s depicts rituals of Uttara Karnataka with a new energy. Titled ‘Masks of Gods and Goddesses hi will be witness to Prakash Nayak’s ‘Masks of God & Goddess’ at Gallerie Kanchika. The exhibition which is scheduled to focus on some of Nayak’s best works revolving around Tantra- Mantra rituals and practices of the early settlers in the Uttara Kannada regions.

Similar to his other works, ‘Masks of God & Goddess’ too, uses colors in a dazzling, poignant way. While mythical forms have a major role to play, Nayak never loses sight of realism and the two elements blend perfectly. The Bangalore- based artist who has won several awards like the Lalit Kala Academy Award in 2004 and the Junior Fellowship Award, has displayed his works in the country as well as abroad. Announcing the show, Curator of the show said, “In Prakash Nayak’s paintings a happy marriage of the modern and the traditional can be found. Prakash's impressions of folk culture of coastal Karnataka are reflected in the Masks of God & Goddess series. The works stands out for its philosophical reflection and a lyrical mood which is matched by painterly means - the tense, compact brush strokes, the combination of bluish shades and ochre, often highlighted by deep brown. The rich colours suggest the abundance of life, its eternity, beauty and bounty, and of course the strong ties that link men and women to their native land, native culture and native world.”

“A characteristic feature of his paintings is that almost each of his pictures contains folk motifs and rituals. What we see in him is not drawing from nature, but memory transformed by imagination. The show is all about focusing on creative palpitations and symbolic gestures,When you look at his paintings, you are struck by the use of bright colours and the depicting of serious expressions on the subjects' mask. Prakash G Nayak excels in miniature paintings and loves playing with colours.

His journey in his own words...

I got my diploma in fine arts from Dharwad University in 1996. I have always been fascinated by miniature aintings, and traditional and folk art. This, coupled with my curiosity about gods and goddesses, made me explore work that could combine both. I have also been painting landscapes as well. My miniature paintings have a leaf, a lotus and water some where!

I was exposed to modern art rather late in my professional life, and I wouldn't describe myself as a complete modern artist. I like the blend of modern and traditional art. I love to play with colours. Red, blue, green, yellow and orange are the colours that I use in almost all my paintings. They are strong colours and they add a lot of richness and depth to my work.
A Spiritual Folk Journey