For L.N. Tallur, art is a way of knowing the self and society. “I don’t believe in verbal language”, says the contemporary artist, who has been busy breathing new life into traditional Indian sculpture.
He reflects the emotions and anxieties of individuals trapped in the chaos of modern life in works made of bronze, terracotta, wood and concrete. Each piece is minutely detailed and masterfully executed using Indian craft techniques. “The material should say something, you know, you have to feel for the material”, explains Tallur, whose monumental sculptures are admired by audiences around the world.
In this BMW Artist Film, he tells us about the breakthrough moments in his studio – and why he follows his instinct.
Born in Udipi in Karnataka in 1971, L.N. Tallur divides time between India and South Korea. He is represented by Chemould Prescott Road in Mumbai, Nature Morte in New Delhi and Arario Gallery in Seoul.