Blind Poet & Butterflies

C. Douglas2008/2008

Cholamandal Artists' Village

Cholamandal Artists' Village
Chennai, India

These reflections on C. Douglas’ Blind Poets and Butterflies stem from his long-standing engagement with poetry and philosophy and his visceral commitment to painting. It is between poesis (making in the poetic sense) and philosophy (love of knowledge) that this body of work may reach consummation with the materiality of painting. Blindness for the poet is not a literal closure of vision, but a way of being, voluntarily chosen. The butterflies carry eyes on their wings to deter predators. The poet pretends blindness to ensure reverie.


  • Title: Blind Poet & Butterflies
  • Creator: C. Douglas
  • Date Created: 2008/2008
  • Location: Cholamandal Artists’ Village Injambakkam, Chennai, India.
  • Physical Dimensions: 180.3 x 180.3 cms
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Mixed Media on Wood
  • Movement: Madras Movement
  • Creator's Lifetime: 1951
  • Artist Biography: 1951 Born in Kerala 1971-76 Diploma in Fine Arts, Government College of Arts & Crafts, Madras. 1990 Bharat Bhavan Biennale award, Bhopal. 1992 National Award for Painting, LKA, New Delhi. 1994 Invitation to work in Ceramics, UNESCO - Aschberg, Bursary for Visual Arts, Europen Ceramics Centre, Netherlands; Charles Wallace Trust Award, UK.

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