KYNKYNY

Contemporary Indian Art since 2004

KYNKYNY was founded in 2004 by the husband and wife duo Namu Kini and Vivek Radhakrishnan. With an aim to make the fascinating world of Indian art more accessible to the world, KYNKYNY supports emerging and established artists – offering a highly curated selection of original and authentic artworks. Since its inception, KYNKYNY has worked with over 300 artists from all over India and has shipped its art across the globe; from Dubai and Lithuania to Australia and Brazil.

CURRENT EXHIBITION

INTO THE FOREST

A solo exhibition by GANAPATI HEGDE

A solo exhibition by
GANAPATI HEGDE

A dragonfly with diaphanous wings nestles in bright blue foliage, a striking butterfly hovers over green blades of grass, and thick swathes of forest flowers and vegetation run amok — Ganapati Hegde’s radiant artworks capture the riot of colours and the lively cacophony of the wilderness and its mysterious inhabitants. On view from November 27 – December 31, the exhibition is the artistic equivalent of forest bathing. The well-known contemporary artist’s acrylics and oils on canvas transport us into the middle of lush, brilliantly coloured landscapes teeming with wild flora, and peopled by elephants, chameleons, monkeys, birds, swans and a myriad creatures. Hegde grew up close to the dense rainforests of North Canara or Uttara kannada in Karnataka, known for its rich and pristine biodiversity, and his works reflect his deep love for the region. The artist recreates and reimagines the terrain, habitats and forest lore of this alluringly green coastal region and portray its indigenous plants, flowers, birds, animals and insects in all their glory.

Not merely documentative, Hegde’s flamboyant jungles carry a touch of fantasy and surrealism. The wilderness in his art is full of interesting minutiae and lavish and intricate patterns and textures, depicted in bold, uplifting blues, emerald green, scarlet and bright yellows and pinks. While on the face of it, the narrative seems solely rooted in nature, a closer look reveals hidden layers of imagery and symbols laced into the paintings. The natural world seems to express Hegde’s inner state of being as exterior and interior geographies overlap in surprising ways. The real and the imagined often collide and the human world puts in the occasional appearance in a playful twist – such as laptops peeping out of the bushes in the jungle.

Into the Forest simultaneously captures the aliveness of the rainforest as well as its still, almost sacred atmosphere. The artworks pull us out of the busy urban world and let us pause and tune into calming, mood-enhancing rhythms of wild naturescapes. There is a deeper thrust as well – Hegde’s ecological and environmentally engaged art reminds us of the interconnectedness of life and the fragile balance that exists between nature and humanity. In these times of ecological disaster and climate change, Hegde’s art celebrates the still-vital presence of the natural world and our visceral and metaphorical connection to it.