Interview: Riyas Komu

Sculptor Riyas Komu: An argument about beautiful histories at risk

Print edition : September 27, 2019

Riyas Komu, self portrait.

"I think therefore I am", 2018, wood and bronze, 71” x 76.5”. The Dancing Girl, the artefact from the Indus Valley, juxtaposed against the Lutyens chair designed for the President of India. Photo: Vadehra Art Gallery

"Conspicuous Location". This sculpture of the Ramapurva Bull refers to Jawaharlal Nehru and his civilisational vision.

"The Buddha".

"Dandi Bridge", 2019, oil on canvas, 200 x 72 inches (diptych) Photo: Dheeraj Thakur, courtesy Artist

"My Sindhi cow", 2019.

"Foundan" (Malayalam language), 2019, glazed stoneware, life size. Photo: courtesy Artist

"Memory Store I", 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

"Memory Store II", 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

"Memory Store III", 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

"Memory Store IV", 2019, oil on canvas, 30 x 36 inches.

"Song, unsung", 2019, iron and aluminum 24 x18 x 11 inches. Photo: Courtesy: Dheeraj Thakur

"Holy shiver", 1947. Photo: Photo Courtesy: Vadehra Art Gallery

"Holy shiver", 1984. Photo: Photo Credit: Vadehra Art Gallery

"Holy shiver", Bombay 1992. Photo: Photo Courtesy: Vadehra Art Gallery

"Holy shiver", Dadri 2015. Photo: Photo Courtesy: Vadehra Art Gallery

"Holy shiver", Village 2016. Photo: Photo Courtesy: Vadehra Art Gallery

"Holy shiver", 2017. Photo: Photo courtesy: Vadehra Art Gallery

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine). Photo: courtesy: DHEERAJ-THAKUR

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine).

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine). Photo: DHEERAJ-THAKUR

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine).

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine).

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine).

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine).

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine).

Woodcuts, 2019, etching, 52.5 x 37 cm (set of nine).

An interview with the artist and sculptor Riyas Komu.
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