Cheilan, an Indian artist, studied art at the Government College of Fine Arts, Kumbakonam, Tamil Nadu, India.Receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 1980. Since that time his focus has developed a broad spectrum of styles, including realistic as well as contemporary works.
Chelian is an accomplished artist who has exhibited at both the state and national level within India, as well as internationally. He has conducted 33 one-man shows, nearly 50 group shows and participated in many artists' camps and workshops. He has been interviewed on a number of occasions on television in India and has published three books on painting and sculpture. He also writes art reviews in leading magazines. He has created cross media work, including illustrations for stories and poetry, as well as stage painting accompanied by music.
He is known for the scratchy technique and his work with Oil and acrylics. Chelian's forte is the rhythm in his strokes. He treats painting as a performing art. The rhythm of percussion is all he needs to move his brush or fingers along the canvas, creating images according to the beats. Most of the paintings born in this genre are simply paints splashed on canvas and later scraped into images.
He has received several awards, including the Prestigious Camlin South Zone Award in senior category-in 2004, All-India Art Exhibition Award of the Chitrakala Nikethan of Andhra Pradesh in 1981,Best outgoing student award from lalithkala academy-Chennai in 1985, an award at the Thanjavur Medical College Exhibition in 1984, the Best Painting Artist Award in 1998, the title of "Kalai Gnayiru" from Thiruvalluvar Elakiya Mandram,Chennai in 1999, and the title of "Thoorigai Thoothuvan" from Vasal Illakiya Mandram in 2005 and the Outstanding Young Person Award from Thanjavur Junior Chamber in 1999.
He is the founder President of "Artyflys", a group art movement. His creations are at many Museums, Art Galleries and Private collections in India and Abroad.
1980 - 1985 Bachelor of Fine Arts - Painting - First Class, First Rank,
Government College of Arts & Crafts, Kumbakonam, TamilNadu,India.
1981 First award in all India Art Exhibition of ChitraKala Nikethan,AndraPradesh.
1985 Best Outgoing Student Award of TamilNadu Ovia Nunkalaikuzhu,Chennai
1985 Government College of Arts & Crafts - Award, Kumbakonam.
1984 First Award in Thanjavur Medical College Exhibition
1998 "Best Painting Artist Award 1998" Bharath Cultural Academy,Chennai
1999 'Kalai Gnayiru' Award - Thiruvalluvar Ilakiamandram, Chennai.
1999 'Outstanding Young Person' Award - Thanjavur Junior Chamber, Thanjavur.
2004 Prestigious Camlin Art Foundation-SouthRegenal Award in Professional Category-Banglore.
ONE MAN SHOW
1985 Besant Hall, Thanjavur.
1993 HongKong Convention and Exhibition Centre, HongKong
1996 Hotel Connemara, Chennai
1997 Kala Mela, Delhi
1997 Saga Art Gallery, Chennai
1997 Hotel Park Sheraton, Chennai
1998 Tamil University, Thanjavur
1998 `Sirppakavi' Lalitkala Academy, Chennai
1999 Oviam '99- Lalitkala Academy,Chennai
1999 Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay
1999 Besant Hall, Thanjavur
1999 Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
1999 Vinyasa Art Gallery,Chennai
1999 Lalith Kala Academy, Chennai
2000 Hotel Taj Coramandal, Chennai
2001 Vasal, - Chennai
2002 Oviya Mozhi - College of arts -Art Gallery, Chennai
2003 Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust, Kovai
2004 Kamalnayan Bajaj art gallery, Mumbai
2004 20 th one man show at Chitrakala Parishad Bangalore
2003 21 st one-man show at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
2005 22 nd one-man show at Kamalnayan Bajaj art gallery, Mumbai
2006 23 rd one-man show at Ayya art Gallery, Chennai
2007 24 th one-man show at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
2007 25 th one-man show at State Gallery of Fine art, Hyderabad.
2007 26 th one-man show at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust, Kovai
2008 27 th one-man show at Kamalnayan Bajaj art gallery, Mumbai
2008 28 th one-man show at Art Entrence art gallery, Mumbai
2009 29 th one-man show at Art Entrence art gallery, Mumbai
2010 30 th one-man show at Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,Malysia.
2010 31 th one-man show at `Vision of Forever' at the Istana Budaya, Malysia.
2010 32 nd one-man show "SATORI" at - Forum Art Gallery, Chennai.
2011 33 rd one-man show 'Continuum'at PG HOUSE, kamaria,Malysia.
1982 6 Painters Show, Thanjavur
1983 Oviam 83, Kumbakonam
1985 Group Show Organised by Lalith Kala Academy & Tamil University, Chennai
1992 2 Painters Show, Thanjavur.
1993 Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
1993 Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai
1993 Group Show Organised by Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai & Chola Art Society, Thanjavur.
1993 Kalamela, Chennai
1995 Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu Art Gallery, Ooty
1995 Government Museum, Madurai.
1996 Art - O - Assemblage Exhibition - Demo- Session (6 Painters), Chennai.
1996 Jehangir Art Gallery, Bombay (5 Men Show)
1997 Saga Art Gallery, Chennai
1999 Gnana Banu Show, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai.
2000 Kala Mela, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai.
2003 Veedu Show, Lalit Kala Academy, Chennai
2004 Two Men Show, Chennai Trade Center, Chennai
2004 Group Show Organised by Chithrakararhal & Regional Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Gandhi Museum, Madurai.
2003 Artyflys 1 st Group show at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
2005 Artyflys 2 nd Group show at Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust, Kovai
2005 Artyflys 3 rd Group show at Trichy
2006 Artyflys 4 th Group show at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
2006 Artyflys 5 th Group show at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
2006 Artyflys 6 th Group show at Anna University,Chennai
2003 Artyflys 7 th Group show at State Gallery of Fine art, Hyderabad.
2004 Artyflys 8 th Group show at Lalit Kala Academy, Kalamela, Chennai.
2005 Joint show at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
2008 Group show Ray O Gallery Art exhibition in Chennai.
2009 Artyflys 9 th Group show at Chitrakala Parishad, Bangalore
2010 Artyflys 10 th Group show at DhatcinaChitra,Chennai
2011 Joint show at Sutra Gallery, Kuala Lumpur,Malysia.
2011 Joint show at Kuala Lumpur parforming art center, Malysia.
1993 National Art Exhibition, Delhi
1981 - 2003 Lalit Kala Academy Annual Exhibitions, Chennai
1993 , 2001 Regional Art Exhibition, Chennai
1981 All India Art Exhibition, Raipur
1981 VTI Exibition, Chennai
1995 All India Art Exhibition, Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore
1992 Kala Mela, , Chennai
1996 Chennai Emotion, Values Art Gallery, Chennai
1996 Pallava Arts and Crafts Association, Padappai,Chennai.
1997 AIFACS Exhibition, Chennai
1996 Genesis Art Gallery & Hotel Adyar Park, Chennai
1997 Contemprorary Painters and Writers Association,Salem
2003 CITU Intranational Conference, Chennai
2004 Tamil elakkiyam 2004 International Conference, Chennai
2007 "Kaleidoscope" organized by Ayya Art Gallery at Kitab Mahal, Mumbai
2007 Ray O Gallery Art exhibition in Chennai.
2007 Ray O Gallery Art exhibition in Bangalore.
2007 Ayya Art Gallery Show at Symrosha Art Gallery,Mumbai
2008 Ayya Art Gallery Show at Lalit Kala Academy, Delhi
Participated 12 Artist Camps in State and Regional Level in India.
Demonstrated more than 25 workshops in State Level
Illustrations for Stories & Poetries for many leading Magazines in India - like India Today, Front Line,
Kumudham, Anandha Vikadan etc.,
National Museum, Delhi
Govt. Museum, Chennai
Lalit Kala Academy, Regional Center, Chennai
Tamil Nadu Ovia Nunkalai Kuzhu, Chennai
Tamil University Museum, Thanjavur
Kasthuri Sreenivasan Trust- Museum, Kovai
Hotel Hayath, Delhi
MRF Limited, Chennai
Sterling Resorts, Chennai
Mr.Venkitaramanan,Ex - Governor,Reserve Bank of India.
Mr.Bharati Rajaa,Film Director,Chennai.
Mr.Pollatchi Mahalingam, Pollatchi.
Mr.Sekhar Bajaj, Bajaj Electrical Ltd., Mumbai
The Chairman, State Gallery,Hyderabad
Mr.Vikram, Cine Actor,Chennai
Mr.Gobi Chand, Cine Actor, Hyderabad
Mr.Baburao,Cine Producer, Hyderabad
Mr.Goenka,Indian Express, Chennai.
Hon'ble Arcot Veerasamy, Minister,Tamilnadu
Mrs.Jayashree Sanghi, Sanghi Motors,Mumbai
and many more collections in India & Abroad
Paintings by Chelian 1997,
Ovia Mozhi 2002,
The Hindu, Indian Express, Woman's Era, Kumudham, Anandha Vikatan,
Junior Vikatan, Sutti Vikatan, Junior Post,
Thamarai, Kanai Yazhi, Thina Malar,
Thina Mani,Thina Thanthi,Kalai Mahal,Usha, Bhagya, Theekathir,Idayam Pesukirathu
INTERVIEWS AND DOCUMENTARIES
Sandippoma - Sun TV
Vanakkam Thamizhagam - Sun TV
Kaalai Malar - Jaya TV
Kaalai Vanakam - TTN TV, Paris
Chelianin Mozhi - Documentary - TTN TV, Paris
Sandippoo- Deebam TV- London
Chelianin Ovia Payanangal, Doordarshan TV,Chennai
Padaipazhihal, Doordarshan TV, Chennai
Namadhu Veedu,Raj TV, Chennai
Vijai TV, Chennai
Thaja TV, Bangalore
Mumbai IN-TV- Mumbai