Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Showcase Review : Boben M. Mammem

Below are some examples of Sunshine Coast artist Boben M. Mammen’s work from his ‘Mindset Series 2008’. Boben immigrated to Australia from India in 2007. The text is from the artists ‘Mindset Series 2008’ catalog. His work has recently been on show at Ground Zero Galleries at Howard St, Nambour.


by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on Plywood - (Size 14” x 14”)
Profoundly moved by his experiences in the Middle East, the artist created Believes as a reflection on the powerful impact that political, spiritual and religious beliefs can make on an individual mindset. From the richness of a simple conversation with a new friend in a marketplace to witnessing strangers enjoying gruesome evidence of a beheading, the artist has been exposed to the extremes of human behavior, each directly shaped by the doctrines of belief systems.


by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on board – (Size 14” x 18”)
“Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom” (Bertrand Russell, Analysis of Mind: 1921). This work illustrates the destructive effect that fear, in all its perverse forms, has on the individual mindset and the natural movements of the human form.

The Analysis of Mind

The Analysis of Mind
by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on board – (Size 14” x 18”)
The Analysis of Mind is the fountainhead in the artist’s Mindset series. The artist explores the concept of mind both from the point of introspection and of external analysis of observable behavior. The Analysis of Mind conveys the labyrinthine depths of meaning that reveal so much about human nature, yet are routinely ignored unseen due to apathy and self-indulgence.

Prision of Uncertainity

Prison of Uncertainty
by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on board – (Size 25” x 25”)
With Prison of Uncertainty, the artist draws on his own difficult experience of leaving a successful career in India and Bahrain to fulfill his dreams in Australia. The work is also a broader portrayal of the social anxiety caused by recent national and world events: unemployment, financial turmoil, natural disasters and tenuous security all collaborating to insidiously impound our confidence and create misgiving.

God's PerspectiveGod’s Perspective
by Boben M. Mammen
Acrylic on Plywood - (Size 14” x 14”)
Raised in a Christian family, the support, security and freedom which the artist educes from his faith are reflected in God’s Perspective. This work features the human skull at the centre of the piece as seen from a bird’s eye view.




The One who, himself without colour,
By the manifold application of his power.
Distributes many colours in his hidden purpose…
Svetasvatara Upanishad 4.1




The rich, thematic quality of Boben M. Mammen’s work is a product of a profound physical, spiritual and cultural journey. Since establishing himself in Queensland in 2007, the Indian artist is receiving recognition for his instinctual and introspective sensibility that mines the expansive diversity of his trans-national experience.

Mammen’s career as an artist was written on the riverbanks of Kerala in south west India, where he would gather driftwood and pebbles to furnish his creative imagination. The child of a Christian family with Malayalam as their mother tongue, Mammen witnessed the dramatic shift in traditional values, politics, religion and culture of the Malayali people as they were often forced to flee a stagnant economical climate to seek a more secure lifestyle elsewhere.

Utilising a variety of medium to ensure a fluid approach to his subjects, Mammen’s work reflects the thematic concerns that surround the shift from one cultural sphere to another, as well as universal themes of identity, mindset, conflict and faith. His work challenges the temporal boundaries that constrict insular viewpoints, while offering a rich, meditative quality that rewards the audience with its multi-layered dimensions.

1988 - 1995 Kerala Lalithakala Akademy Exhibition 1988 to 1995.
1998 Uvajanamela Exhibition at Idukki
1989 National Exhibition of Arts by Kala Samscarika Kendra, Cochin
1993 Solo show at Jahangir Art Gallery, Bangalore
1994 Exhibition of Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangam, Mahi, India
Solo show at Indian Fine Art Sociey, Bahrain
1995 Group show sponsored by Kalakshetram, Coimbatore
Solo show at Muscat, Sultanate of Oman (part of Indian
Independence Day Celebration)
Participated in Kerala Samajam Art Exhibition Tour in Salalah, Sur,
Sohar, Muscat in Sultanate of Oman
1996 Participated in Oman National Day Exhibition in Muscat Inter Continental Hotel
1996 Outer State Exhibition of Kerala Lalithakala Academy in Madras
Exhibition at Ooty by Central Lalithakala Academy Regional SOLO
Exhibition Centre, Madras
1997 Participated in Al Shabiba National News Paper ‘Annual Art Exhibition”
Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
1998 Solo Exhibition at Al Omaniya Art Exhibition Centre, Muscat Internationl
Shopping Festival, Seeb, Sultanate of Oman Participated Salalah Festival,
Sultanate of Oman
1999 Group Exhibition at Al Harthy Complex, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Jawahir Oman Art Exhibition, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman
Participated in Kargeen Art Exhibition, Ruwi, Sultanate of Oman
2000 Ahlan Wa Sahlan Art Exhibition Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain
Bahrain Fine Arts Society Annual Exhibition Manama,
Kingdom of Bahrain
2001 Kerala Samajam Onam Exibition, Kingdom of Bahrain
2003 - 2004 Surya Fine Arts Society Exhibition, Kingdom of Bahrain
2009 Solo exhibition, Sunshine Coast Library, Maroochydore

Boben can be contacted by email -

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

My Mactini and red lipstick on my icollar.


The Stranger Again

The Stranger Again - Acrylic and pencil on paper – 81x57cm - 2011

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