Behind the scenes


#7 (Fallen Stars Series),

Oil on canvas 30.0 × 30.0 cm

This recent series of works focuses primarily on landscapes and the vast variation of their meaning for Tito. Although he has been painting landscapes for quite a while now, he continues to reflect and reinvent them with each series. As well as playing a significant part in his reflections on religion and its influences on society, he also reminisces on his travels and the scenes he observes when travelling from one city to another by train. The stars also have a profound significance for Tito, as he puts it: “My grandma used to tell me stories about people turning into stars after they die. I started exploring that and whether these people have been able to fulfil their dreams. I thought that many did not and that’s why they fall back.”

Stanley references the themes of religion and ritual in this depiction of mourners bordering a graveyard. The palette in uplifting golds and greens, set against a sunset, alleviates the sadness of the scene. Stanley often explores how human behaviour is profoundly shaped by the forces of religion, rituals and environmental experiences, both positive and negative, through his art.

Tito Stanley

About the Artist

Tito Stanley (b. 1994, Abu Dhabi) moved to Kerala in southern India in 2000, which is where his parents were from. Stanley’s upbringing between the UAE and Kerala deeply influenced his art. His works explore themes of isolation, otherness, and the outsider experience with a sardonic, allegorical, and observational quality, setting him apart in contemporary painting.

Tito Stanley graduated with a degree in painting from the College of Fine Arts, Thiruvananthapuram (2019) and is currently pursuing an MVA in painting from Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda. He recently exhibited at Pictorum Gallery, London (2024) and has shown his work frequently in Kerala, at venues such as Anant Art Gallery, Noida and Kerala Lalitha kala Academi, Thiruvananthapuram.

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