Artist in ‘Khaki’ – The New Indian Express | Catch My Job

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Chennai: “I want my artwork to create a history. Even if no one knows who the artist is, the art should make a mark in people’s hearts,” says Biju Chakkuvarkal, a police-artist. The Kottarakkara-based artist focuses on creating sculptures and oil paintings.

Biju joined the police department in 1999 after completing his Masters in English. Biju feels that people generally think that industry and the police profession do not go together. However, even while on duty, his thoughts sometimes turned to art. And more surprisingly, he decided to pursue art seriously while on duty.

“In 2003, I was on duty at the National Youth Festival. I was inspired by the artwork there. Children from all over the country were creating beautiful paintings and sculptures. And I wanted to create my works. And at that time, a friend of mine also suggested that I should take art seriously,” recalls Biju.

It was a turning point in his life. Biju has been part of several small scale exhibitions across the state including Pathanamthitta and Kollam. One of the popular exhibitions was ‘Junk le Parc’ in 2019, where he created sculptures using waste materials. There were about 20 sculptures of various sizes. Resource Recovery Facility of Punalur Municipality conducted the exhibition.

The exhibition also recreated Kevin Carter’s famous image of the vulture and the little girl using bike spare parts. Biju’s artworks are mainly about the problems prevailing in the society. Biju says he first processes the image in his mind and after getting a coherent image, he transfers it to paper. “One of my dreams is (to set up) an art gallery, with works made of waste materials by the sea. I want to do a national level exhibition in art gallery to spread awareness about marine pollution.

For that, I am trying to get an appointment with Tamil Nadu Chief Minister MK Stalin,” said Biju. Sculptor and painter, has set his mind to create a piece on hunger. He has already decided what materials to use, such as metal, cement, fiber and plants. He is waiting for the perfect moment to start working because “the time has not yet come”.

His latest work is a sculpture of both Kottarakkara Thampuran and Kottarakkara Sreedharan Nair, which is all set to be released later this month. His artwork has a realistic touch. Some of his works include the recently completed Nandi Keshavan statue.

It is the largest sculpture of Nandi in Kerala. Another famous work of the artist is Nala Damayanti. Some of his notable works are the sculptures and paintings of Semanguri Srinivas Iyer at Semanguri Smriti and the 32 forms of Ganesha carved in the abode of Surya Krishnamurti.

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