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JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY
T. V. SANTHOSH
Blood and Spit
In collaboration with The Guild, Mumbai
October 14 – November 14, 2009
Opening reception: Wednesday, October 14, 6-8 pm
Blood and Spit
At the face of the enemy
Is the poor man’s war.
Weapons of blindness
Always miss their target,
The enemy who is not an enemy,
But a burning pile of curses
Of innocents and the powerless.
One day you realize with a sinking heart,
The land you are born
Is someone else’s motherland.
Those desolate homes still smell treachery.
Treachery of blood stained propaganda.
Smell of blood
Makes you forget who is your brother.
You build a relationship on
Never ending cycles of revenge.
Sometimes even the history is an excuse.
For some, nostalgia is pain.
Hatred the barometer of patriotism.
Even the kites don’t fly above indoctrination.
Learning to live a life of a scapegoat
For the value of life is less important
Than borders and ill-fated temples.
Was more beautiful this kingdom,
When God too failed as mediator?
T. V. Santhosh
Jack Shainman Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of
Blood and Spit, T .V. Santhosh’s inaugural exhibition at the
gallery mounted in collaboration with The Guild Art Gallery,
Mumbai. The exhibition opens October 14th and will run through
November 14th, 2009.
Here Santhosh presents five large-scale figurative paintings in
vibrant hues, his limited palette including electric green, neon
yellow and shocking orange. Eight watercolors in gray offer a
subdued counterpoint to the bold paintings, their figures
enveloped in an impressionistic wash. While the work is
conceptually based, Santhosh’s use of deeply saturated color and
fluid edges bring the viewer to an elevated state of mind and adds
an unnerving quality to the paintings. The tightness of the frame
and forcibly close vantage point harkens back to the film noir
genre bringing the viewer to a reflective state. His images depict
chaos and paranoia relating to current media coverage of
contemporary events. His exploration demonstrates a reality on the
verge of explosion as if time had been stopped. Simultaneously,
the work is profoundly humane and cerebral. Although his imagery
is extremely current, they have become universal as we live with
an oversaturation of imagery and rapid exchanges of ideas. People
of all contexts and backgrounds can relate to their pictorial
By entering the world of T. V. Santhosh, we become accomplices to
the drama and violence we have just experienced. We are left with
a snapshot of a greater story both immediate and timeless, a
witness to his conscience. Born in Kerala, T.V.Santhosh earned his
B.F.A. from Kalabhavan, Santiniketan and his M.F.A. in Sculpture,
from M.S.U, Baroda. A major presence in the Indian and
international art scenes over the last decade Santhosh has
exhibited his work at numerous international art galleries and
museums. Prominent museum shows include ‘India Xianzai’ Museum of
Contemporary Art, Shanghai, China, 2009; 'Passage to India, Parts
I and II New Indian Art from the Frank Cohen Collection', at
Initial Access, Wolverhampton, UK, 2008 and 2009; ‘Aftershock,
Sainsbury Centre, Contemporary Art Norwich, England, 2007; and
’Continuity and Transformation’ promoted by Provincia di Milano,
A book featuring works by T.V. Santhosh from 2007 – 2009 and
essays by Shaheen Merali, Brigitte Ulmer,Alexander Keefe and
Santhosh S. is available.
Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday from 10 am to 6 pm. For
additional information and photographic material please contact
the gallery at