In the village, he found an absence of taboos and inhibitions about sex, so predominant in the urban society
he was currently living in. He recalled his childhood days in the village with experiences of the first stirrings
of sex, he remembered ‘people living close together with animals, women abusing each other with plain
sexual gestures and words during petty fights, a lone villager describing his amorous exploits in a song. The
range of themes his work covers include explicit portrayal of sexual play without any symbolic undertones;
entwined human, animal and nature forms in figuratively cohabiting postures; the invocation of the animus in
nocturnal lights; and a subtle, psychological exploration of the male-female relationship tinged with gentle
pathos. The unriddled sex-life in the village symbolized for him freedom from inhibitions that constrained the
sexual experience of the city folk. The instinctive discovery of his won erotic sensibility triggered his
imagination, stirring his animus into action and gave him glint of a unique expression he was seeking.
Interestingly, it was urban education that made Goud discover his roots, an experience which inevitably led
to a feeling of alienation and a sense of loss, for there was no necessity left to return to the village for good.
This dual belonging has deeply affected his work, enriching and sustaining it.
Throughout his career, Goud has exhibited widely, both within and outside India. He had solo shows in
New Delhi, Mumbai, London, Kolkata, Jaipur, Hyderabad. His works have been part of group exhibitions
held in Mumbai in 2012; New York in 2011-12; Art Musings at Jehangir Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2008;
Galerie 88 Kolkata, in 2007; Priyasri Art Gallery, Mumbai, in 2006;
by Saffronart and Apparao Galleries, Los Angeles, 2001; Saffronart
Hong kong 2001, Saffronart and Pundole Art Gallery, New York,
2001 and 2002; Centre of International Modern Art (CIMA),
Kolkata, and the National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New
Delhi, 1993; ‘Festival of India’, Geneva, 1987; and Worcester Art
Museum, 1986. Goud received the Andhra Pradesh State Lalit Kala
Academy awards in 1962, 1966 and 1971. The artist lives and works in