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The Noble Sage

The Noble Sage Art Gallery is set to be the foremost authority and stage for the highest quality contemporary paintings and sculptures from South-East Asia. The Noble Sage aims to display and promote the work of emerging or established artistic talent from overseas and be the leading name in the provision of such art to UK audiences.

The Noble Sage epitomises the UK art buyer's vision to find, collect and invest in choice artworks produced and inspired by countries new
to the international contemporary art scene. Utilising the gallery's strong links with India and Sri Lanka, The Noble Sage will illuminate the talented artists that are making waves across the world the size of which are soon to hit the shores of the UK. The Noble Sage Art Gallery is the first gallery in the UK to specialise in Indian contemporary art, particularly art from Southern India

New exhibition points to four more artists at the forefront of contemporary Indian art!

‘In The Fore 2008’

New canvases from Achuthan Kudallur and Recent works by P. Jayakani,T. Athiveerapandian and Ganesh Selvaraj

The Noble Sage is delighted to open the second ‘In the Fore’ Exhibition. The first occurred last year and was extremely successful. This annual show is dedicated to four artists that have become formidable talents in the Southern Indian art scene.

Senior artist, Achuthan Kudallur, will be the star of the 2008 exhibition, a spotlight he deserves not only because of his ever-strengthening body of abstract paintings but also because his artwork has increased exponentially in investment value in the last two years. Born in 1945, Chennai-based painter Kudallur is unusual as he is almost entirely self-taught, his only education being a few evening art classes at the local college.

Each Kudallur painting takes a colour as its inspiration. He describes each painting with affection as ‘his blue’ or ‘his red’. His works are oddly instinctive and emotional, though always complex to look at. For Kudallur, abstraction is far from an easy way out. Try as he might, he cannot verbalise the process of what happens when he approaches a colour or a single mark on the canvas. He believes that the difficulty of such work is best described by the work itself. In a strange way, this is why Kudallur’s colour paintings continue. They will do so until he feels he has created the purest of messages about his art.

The Noble Sage is proud to have promoted T. Athiveerapandian virtually from scratch when the gallery doors opened in April 2005. To date, the gallery has sold close to twenty large canvases by Athiveerapandian – a staggering number. Beginning life in figurative art, T. Athiveerapandian quickly moved towards abstraction when he felt the magnetism of pure colour and abstract form drawing him. His paintings burst with energy, colour and exuberance. The artist describes the sea as a primary occupation for him, together with the play of natural land masses and the dramatic movements of the sky. Looking at his work, one is swept away with what one sees.

P. Jayakani has two key interests: first, his fascination with the urban, cities in India, Singapore, Malaysia and the United States – many cities he has never visited. He is mesmerised by the chaotic atmosphere: the interplay of concrete, steel and stone, the skyscrapers juxtaposed with the shanty towns etc. Jayakani’s second obsession is with the underwater world. The movement of fish is to him similar to the bustle of humans in cities. He combines these two subjects by depicting the end of the world; the after-effect of a catastrophic natural disaster such as a tidal wave where our world is left in ruins under the sea. Rather than being morose, Jayakani happily tells of how with all humankind dead, his beloved fish become the inhabitants of those cities we cherish so much.

Ganesh Selvaraj is new to The Noble Sage. He is one of the leaders of the new generation of young artists emerging from Chennai. His work reminds us of artists like Eva Hesse and Sol Lewitt though at the same time there is something special all of his own. He is unafraid of exploring innovative concepts in new techniques and forms. Selvaraj’s focus is very much on describing identity, existence and experience. His new ‘Puzzle’ 2007 series are hypnotic to behold. One imagines that such work will be cold to the eye but Selvaraj somehow manages to create images reminiscent of barcodes, graph paper, blueprint drawings and puzzle games like sudoku with warmth and humanity.

“I am really excited by this show”, says Jana Manuelpillai, Director, “They are four very different artists from the one city - Chennai. Kudallur with his enigmatic one-colour abstracts; Jayakani and his obsession with a watery grave; Athiveerapandian, an expressionist volcano of a painter; G. Selvaraj and his intriguing descriptions of experience and identity. It shows just how much talent there is in South India as yet barely tapped.”


Exhibition Listings
In the Fore 2008 (exclusive exhibition catalogue available)
30th January – 23rd March 2008
The Noble Sage Art Gallery, 2A Fortis Green, London N2 9EL (near East Finchley Tube)
Wednesday to Friday 11 - 7.30pm Weekends 11 – 5pm
By appointment only on Mondays and Tuesdays

T: 0208 883 7303 E:

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If you have any further enquiries about the exhibition, please contact Jana Manuelpillai (Director) via email on

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