About My Work - Ernst W. Koelnsperger

Ernst W. Koelnsperger - La joie de vivre and the or spirituality in Shrdhar Iyer's universe

When exposed to Shridhar Iyer’s paintings, a torrent of movements creates a torrent of extremely vibrant feelings in the onlooker. For the erudite scholar, the movement of colourful bands and ribbons in his works recall the flux that is innate in Henri Matisse’s great painting "La Danse” , today in two versions in St.Peterburg and New York and one of the cataclysmic works of the 20th century. There, the fluid of colours, movements and the lightness of the composition evoke the panegyric erotic games of the antiquity, yet in giving the figures a timeless existence. The composition traces back to Annibale Carraci’s Amore “reciproco” and his famous “Triumph of Bacchus and Ariadne” in the Farnese Gallery in Rome. All those paintings deal with the triumph of joy and love, with love and lust of life. Very similar- in one extent - Iyer: In his works, this lightness of composition, this fluid of colours and movements is joined to an abstract grasp of the world, to an intellectual spiritualism, if this contradiction is allowed.

In many of Iyer’s works, a space that seems endless and is, at the same time, open for intrusion, offers its creative quality.

There is whiteness shining out of the infinite, a void that emanates radiating sheaves of light and merges with breathtaking movements of colours dancing in an endless looking space. There are blue and golden bands that dissolve and rearrange themselves anew to never before seen patterns, an explosion of joy and lust of life on the background of infinity. Shridhar Iyer’s canvases exude a positive energy that is always creative and seems to embrace the whole world. The stroke of his easel has an energetic power that transmits the artist’s intensity to the viewer who, in turn, becomes involved, absorbed in the picture as you get absorbed into a 3D space in the universe – and no black hole endangers this encounter with the infinite. Since a long period, Iyer’s powerful strokes on the canvas let the colours dance and pirouette, with a velocity and energy that makes the colourful ribbons spout a part of their body and fill the surrounding space with tiny elements which always are part of the whole yet independent molecular parts transforming the pictorial area into a miraculous world of movement and spirituality. And it is this spirituality that transforms the canvases of Iyer into an inner world of contemplation –a contemplation that is never silent but – in a pretended paradox - immensely vital.

I have always been impressed by this turn towards life, this lyric energy, this tender but always powerful explosion that you can almost bodily experience when exposed to the artist’s creations. No wonder that Iyer is using – like many other artists today too – from time to time some gold colour to emphasize the spiritual pace in the paintings – gold being in all cults and civilizations the material that connects the human with the numinous and divine. Thus, but not only in this extent, Shridhar Iyer’s works are (kind of) spiritual transformations of the “joie de vivre”, and artistic hymns to an ever vigorous eternal power of the universe.

Ernst W. Koelnsperger, Germany, March 2014