Sydney

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Blue Standing Figure, 2019, mixed media, 78 3⁄8 × 39 3⁄8 × 33 1⁄2".

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran, Blue Standing Figure, 2019, mixed media, 78 3⁄8 × 39 3⁄8 × 33 1⁄2".

Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran

Sullivan+Strumpf | Sydney

In a relatively short time, Ramesh Mario Nithiyendran’s faux-primitive, mostly ceramic sculptures incorporating painting, graffiti, and other media have made a big splash on the Australian art scene. His recent exhibition included seven mixed-media ceramic sculptures arranged on eye-catching, neon-yellow flooring and a single bronze set on a translucent pedestal on the gallery’s original floor. The pieces recapitulated the interbred cultural references of the artist’s previous work, which range from multisexed Hindu gods to internet porn, emoji faces, and the naive expressivity of art brut. Though Nithiyendran’s figures may look like ancient pagan deities or totemic idols, they sport Gen X fashions such as body piercings and stretched earlobes. The artist’s trademark neo-expressionist style—crude modeling, lashings of messily applied glaze, and paint in arresting color combos—was featured,

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