Born amidst the raw beauty of a forest that bordered my home, I lived in great penury throughout my school life. But today, in the urban luxury of a town, I find no joy nor zest that I had experienced in the pristine surroundings of my childhood. I was drawn into the warmth and glory of tribal life, into its pulsating rhythm in my frequent visits and stay in my brothers dwelling in the forest. I discovered a strong bond between my inner self and the forest. This mesmerizing affinity evolved into an inspiration and illumination in my art, and the forest with its dwellers (adivasis) became an indispensable part of my paintings. Their eyes speak volumes of this reciprocal link between the human and nature, something I have never glimpsed in the urban dwellers. This unique perception of the oneness of self and the universe underscores a refined culture of universal love and harmony.
As a seed sprouts and blooms into a flower transforming the earth into a paradise, so does the primal life move seamlessly into the divinity of Nature and eternal life. This elemental energy palpitating in every nerve of creation, is to me the manifestation of supreme joy and universal love. The closer we move towards Nature, the more are we imbued with Her divine fire and vitality. The trees and their foliage should remind us of our own roots, and our identification with them. Writers and philosophers like Hamson and Michael Unamuno have sung about the vanishing glory and innocence of Nature, and lamented the cold urbanization of modern life. The inextricable bond between Man and Nature remains the core of our existence. Yet, caught between material pleasure and selfish needs, we are relentlessly racing towards a mighty desolation and void. May my paintings be the mirror to reflect this truth to the world.
Their eyes are icons of their well grounded life, pitiful experiences, their existential struggles, the acquired cultural dimensions and divinity. The complementary view of observing all elements of Universe in you and yourselves in entire Universe, is portrayed through those eyes.See All Works
KG Babu’s art gleams with the theme of tribal life. Women are portrayed in a background of lush green vegetation in its intricate details with dragonflies, birds and butterflies as well. The background is illuminated in an abundance of colours, vibrant with life in its every throb. Hyper realism is the language that KG Babu adopts as his signatory style, which transcends the monotony of realism by means of amplified boldness of colours. Humanity is portrayed as children and women in KG Babu’s art. They are harmonious in the depths and variety of the nature that is depicted in the background. The lively colours of the butterflies, birds , leaves, flowers, plants and birds seem to diffuse into the human characters. Thus the harmony of the humanity with the nature is brought forth in his art. Nature is shown in as much details as the women and children, that the union of humanity with nature is brought out conspicuously . The eyes of the dragon fly and the eyes of the girl near it resonate in unison. The transformation of the humans in the proximity of nature is evident in his paintings. Nature and humanity are transformed into a timeless dimension in KG Babu’s rendering. His works of art take a new dimension altogether.
When nature and the living beings are facing a dangerous environmental situation, the sensitive artist fraternity is trying to make the people aware of it. The tribal people and the diverse natural resources are totally ignored and nature is facing a tragedy. K.G Babu , the well known artist uses the tribal and folk elements in his works to express his feelings of anguish. The anatomical features of the figures in his paintings are sings of the life situations of the folk people of India. The wide open eyes, tanned skin, etc are the typical features of the aborigines of India. The deep blue, green and red colors are sympathetic with the pattern of life of innocent people who live in tune with nature. The composition, figuration, coloration and the remarkable luminosity of the colors in the painting clearly make statement of absolute integration of the people and nature. Not even a single leaf or an animal can be separated from the whole pictorial world of Babu. The visual statements of the pictures are so strong that it shows the pulse of the nature and living beings. Human beings and other living beings are in tune with melody of the colorful nature. The sparking color balance of the artist shows the sense of the people as one with Nature. KG.Babu observed the life of the people and understood the situations. His works sings of the throbbing life of the tribal life of Kerala, his native place.
To remain in touch with nature, is to be in touch with the creator. And when one cannot fearlessly be present in this association, one looks to people who are able to. For, to oblivious to the changes in the world around, and chose to live and love with nature, is the start to living life in its fullness. Babu sees this in the tribes of Kerala. As different as they may seem to many, the understanding eventually arises that tranquility has been with us from the start, when man was born in the lap of nature: Distancing demarcating oneself from the very tangible proof of the presence of the spirit is an act with calls for reconciliation. But this reconciliation comes full circle, when one returns to the very source. Babu is an artist he has lived in heart Kerala’s lush topics. Drawing energy from the forest that bordered his home, it transformed from being his playground to a world of fantasy and stories. When he left his enriching. Soothing environment and was thrust into a world inundated with an energy that did not appeal to him, his heart always remained close to the sound of birds, animals and the rustle of leaves. Working in an urban environment Babu was eventually drawn back to live in a small town in kerala. Here, he says he discovered and rediscovered the beauty of life. When he associated himself with tribal , he saw burning in them the spirit of nature. ’There was no separation. They lived as one . One for the other, giving a taking .Which is so intricately woven together,’ Babu is a spectator, unable to find this merger for himself. For part of him is urban, modern, with new thinking, practices and means to find excitement. But when he paints, he attaches himself to the idea of oneness with nature – he feels what they feel, he embraces What they give. They come forth in the lap of nature, carrying the hues of life. Distortions explain the magnification he wants to highlight. Like the large eyes of a child, the same as that of a dragon fly, both free, both in a beautiful universe. While the similar color tones between humans and nature, tell of their dance together. K G Babu is a spiritualist and a lover of life . He strives to live fully, which is seen in the depth of his work.