Dr. O.P.Parameswaran did his BFA Painting from College of Fine Arts, Thiruvanathapuram, MFA Painting from Hyderabad Central University with gold medal and Ph.D from M.S.University of Baroda on Art Education. He has been working as an Associate Professor in the P.G. department of Fine Arts, Post Graduate Govt. College for Girls, Sector-11, Chandigarh. He has taken part in many art exhibitions of regional and national repute. He has also been honoured with the ‘highly commended certificate’ of Kerala Lalit Kala AcademI.
O.P.Parameswaran has held his Solo Exhibition at the College of Fine Arts Art Gallery, Thiruvananthapuram, in 1991 (Sponsored by the Kerala Lalit Kala Academy). He has participated in the ‘Next Normal’ Exhibition of art organised by Art Pilgrim Gallery at Triveni Kala Sangam,Tansen Marg, New Delhi, in November 2020; ‘Exploring Colours’ Exhibition of Art organised by Art Pilgrim Gallery, Gurugram, 2019; 59th National Exhibition of Art, Lalith Kala Akademy, Delhi, 2018; State Exhibition, Kerala Lalit kala Akademy, Durbar hall, October 2017 and many other important exhibitions. He has a Merit Certificate: Highly Commended Certificate of Kerala Lalit Kala Academy, 1991
The larger frame work of Parameswaran’s creative pursuit lingers around the various emerging shared concerns of mankind’s journey towards progress that possibly poses a threat to the very existence of human life. The callous onslaught on environment and the subsequent occurrences of imbalance in nature would cost the mankind their precious life. The short sightedness based on pure materialistic benefits and the consequent approach of excluding the essential elements of life like forest, animals, birds, water, nature, etc. in the journey towards progress may possibly jeopardise the aspect of sustainability of our ecosystem. It is at this background that his paintings attempts to evoke feeling that would remind us the intimate relation of mankind with the nature.
Today, the rapid urbanization and the construction of numerous concrete buildings in an uncontrolled manner lands up in an irreparable loss including the disappearance of greenery and underground water. This situation poses a threat to the very sustainability of water and consequently affecting the life of beings of the present day as well as the future. On the contrary to the war fought for oil in the previous century, the twenty first century witnessing conflicts among states and nations for water sharing. The scarcity of water makes it untraceable and hence becomes priceless. Environmental scientists reiterate the need to revive all the disappearing ponds and lakes and also to make frequent bunds in rivers to retain the ground water level from its further lowering. Lotus ponds being the source of water reservoir becomes a powerful symbol for sustainability of water in the fight for environmentalism. Another serious problem being observed is the conversion of lotus ponds into concrete buildings for both residential as well as commercial areas due to the ever growing nature of cities of India. Consequently the life of people becomes hell, when any flood comes in as these areas are being the lower part and can be the first place to be affected. One of his canvases shows the construction work being carried out in a lotus pond. Another canvas that presents a visual feast to the beholders is a mesmerizing image of a lotus pond with flowers in full bloom and it upholds the paramount importance of nature through its celebration as nature is understood to have been the very basis of life. It reveals one of the extremely excellent moments and experiences of nature prevailing even today. This powerful visual symbol signifies the infinite relation of mankind with nature. The visual expression of these experiences evokes feelings and engages human psyche to perform something in a direction so as to protect our nature and ecosystem for a better tomorrow.
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