Arts Illustrated

April 8, 2020

Bolgum Nagesh Goud
Sub-cover artist, Arts Illustrated
Lord Krishna, Pencil, pen and ink on canvas, 24" x 48", 2018
‘The narrative is fragmented and reconstructed to cater to my visual expanse, where strong flat hues are embellished with intricate patterns and designs…the central characters occupy the canvas, leaving vast negative spaces on which I draw meticulous imagery. The imagery is inspired from ancient stories, particularly from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. The potent rendition of the narratives is entirely fresh and allows the viewer to interact with each character, while decoding the web of imagery.’


A university gold medallist, Bolgum Nagesh Goud graduated from JNT University, Hyderabad, with a degree in Fine Arts. In a career spanning over 26 years, he has been honoured on multiple occasions by the Hyderabad Art Society and the Lalita Kala Samithi in Siddipet. Recently, he turned to curation with GAJA – an elephant sculpture group show held in Hyderabad.


Reinterpreting the narratives of the Mahabharata, Ramayana and other epic stories, Nagesh Goud presents a cornucopia of visuals for the audience to interpret and interact with. Drawing inspiration from traditional Kalamkari and Paithani art, his work unravels the complex connotations of mythology and its relevance in modern societies.

Why do you do art?

Because that is what I know and love to do. Art is, and always will be, my inspiration.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

Five years from now, I will continue to paint. I would love to curate some interesting shows and also experiment with different mediums in art.

If you could meet your artistic hero/inspiration, who would that be?

Well, my artistic hero is Laxma Goud, sir. He has always been my inspiration. I loved his drawings, paintings and sculptures. Apart from Laxma sir, I admire my artist friends Chintala Jagadish and Laxman Aelay; they will always be my second heroes in art!

Who or what keeps you company while you work?

Music, music, music.

How would you best describe your studio/workspace?

My favourite place in this world is my studio. I love my studio space. It makes my day so much brighter and gives me all the positive energy I need for my work and my life.

How would you want to be remembered?

As an artist, a sculptor and a curator.


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