This versatile artist famous for his “ Badami Series “ recreates the simple, rustic life of the Deccan Plateau in South India,His art is an amalgamation of Indian culture with Occidental Western formalism. His figures are modelled in three – dimensional form , with bold brushwork similar in style to those of the impressionists.
Mani choose to depict his characters in a simple and uncluttered manner. Though seemingly simple,Mani's images are representative of an entire civilization. The pulsating colours in his paintings offset the dark skin of his characters, creating a sense of drama in his compositions. And it is his colours and compostions which are expressive, rather than the figures themselves. The figures appear to have been frozen within the canvas, and their beauty and grace is enhanced by the restricted use of gestures and expressions.
J.M.S.Mani has a diploma in drawings and painting from the Ken school of art, Bengaluru. He won the Karnataka Lalkit Kala Akademi Award from 1980 to 1983. He has had 19 shows across India and in London. He has participated in 43 group shows, such as the SAARC Exhibition at the Chitra Kala Parishath, Bengaluru and the Bharat Bhavan International Biennale of prints in 1989.
Mani lives and works in Bengaluru.