INDIA, KERALA, COCHIN, 12/12/14 – 29/03/15
CLINT MEMORIAL EXHIBITION
“The Children’s Biennale is an initiative of the Kochi Biennale Foundation to contribute to the development of art education in India. It is an attempt to engage young learners and initiate them into art appreciation and art-making.”
EDMUND THOMAS CLINT
Edmund Thomas Clint was born to a modest family from Kochi, Kerala, and he started to draw at the tender age of six months. The floor and walls were his canvas. He loved gazing at the sky through his window, revealing a subtle appreciation for colours.
Coloured chalks gave life to Clint’s first drawings and as he grew up, he explored his artistic talent through a variety of materials ranging from sketch pens to oil paints.
Clint’s drawings unveil a profound understanding of colours, an astonishing visual memory and the ability to recreate his experiences genuinely – aspects worthy of fame for such a young boy.
He was deeply drawn to religious and mythical subjects: a large variety of his drawings depict events of the Mahabharata and the Ramayana, while his favourite subjects were Ganapati and Abhimanyu.
Clint suffered from kidney disorder, which later led to his death. Because of his illness, the boy was mostly confined to his home, spending most of his time observing life and nature around him, of which birds occupied another vast repertoire of works. Those were mostly drawn in a lone space.
In just seven years, he had done about 25,000 paintings and drawings, and participated in 13 contests. At the 13th contest, he won against 8,000 child artists.
Before he went into a coma, he asked his mother to read out a passage on the crucifixion. “Amma, I might suddenly fall asleep. When you call me I might not answer. Don’t be scared. I’ll be sleeping,” Clint said. An hour later, he went into a coma, passing away on April 15th, 1983, at the young age of seven.
The Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2014 showcase an exhibition of select works of Clint during the inauguration of Children’s Biennale segment on December 16. The exhibition is held at the new art gallery, Cosmopolitan Cult – Art and Discourse. The gallery is situated inside Heritage Arts, an antique store in Jew Town, Mattancherry, that has attracted antique lovers and tourists from across the world.
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