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Shankar Pamathy was born in Nagireddypally, a remote village in Nalgonda district of newly formed Telangana state. He never studied academic art but admired fine arts right from his childhood and began doodling at the age of ten years. Soon after his graduation, he started working as a drawing teacher and later on, he moved to the capital city of Hyderabad at the age of 28 in order to shape his career as a journalist/political cartoonist and joined in a leading vernacular daily magazine called Vaartha and later worked for another daily Andhrajyothi. He is presently working at Saakshi, a reputed vernacular daily.
Shankar’s association with artists, journalists and media enabled him to hone his intellect and persona. He would visit art shows, artists’ studios and camps to explore his desired world of art. He exhibited his works alongside renowned painter Thota Vaikuntam for the first time. His beautiful works were well received by artists, art lovers and connoisseurs. His constant engagement with contemporary art earned him a place in the prestigious art historical documentation on 100 years of contemporary art of Telangana.
A fine quality of colour pencil rendering is dexterously done by fragmenting and mutilating but with accurate characteristic features, as the physiognomies evidently show a faultless visualization of the gifted artist. He does not believe in any sort of stereotypical exaggeration instead captures the soul of the character with a distinct style that he developed over the years. Be it Mother Teresa, M.S Subba Laxmi or Charlie Chaplin the naturalistic features are duly captured and the mannerism is attained. The forms transgress the idea of provocation, satire and criticism as they are pretty, adorable and thoughtful depictions of reality. These remarkable renderings on paper reveal Shankar’s unfathomable artistic insights, his natural skill of capturing the essence and his philosophical interpretation of the sub consciousness while re-presenting the spoofing. The selected spoof imagery of popular personalities is only to show their pride, their entity and significance in our culture and society.
While doing so, he brings up a sort of a fearless distortion without losing the likeness of the physiognomies negotiating with real and surreal. In fact, Shankar delves into understanding the core of the humour, reinforcing the enterprise, scheme and charm of imperative personalities who time and again are seen in public domain. Thus, deliberately abstracting the realistic forms and leaving straightforward clues to recognize the portraiture. At times, he challenges the light hearted viewers inviting them into a puzzle of creation and recreation and cherishes these witty moments.
-Anand Gadapa, Hyderabad- June, 2015 (Anand Gadapa is an art critic, independent curator, teaches art history & aesthetics in JNAFA University, Hyderabad)