Aashna Abrol discusses life, art, and Cholamandal Artists Village with the veteran artist SG Vasudev
Modern art in south India started with Devi Prasad Roy Choudhury, maybe around the ‘50s. He was the principal of the School of Arts and Crafts- Madras (now Chennai). It was KCS Paniker, who became principal after him, inspired a lot of his colleagues at the art school and many students, who shaped that movement. In the 1960s, they discussed at length howone should be an ‘Indian’ artist and yet globally contemporary as well.
Sri Lankan artist SENAKA SENANAYAKE describes to Aashna his history, inspiration, process and love behind his art.
By the time Senanayake graduated from the prestigious Yale University with a degree in Art and Architecture in the early 1970s, he knew he wanted to spend the rest of his life creating art through paintings and sculpture.
This was, some critics might argue an afterthought; a formality that did not need an announcement. Because Senanayake had already achieved a considerable amount of fame in his formative years; starting to paint as a child and even holding a solo international exhibition in the US at the age of ten.
His graduation from Yale would be the catalyst in setting the wheels in motion for the phenomenal success he has realised to date with a steep career graph that has made him one of the most sought after and influential artists from South Asia in the past thirty years.
ARTIST OF THE MONTH
Born in a small village in the outskirts of Baroda, artist Amarnath Sharma gained a lot of experience and inspiration of art from various sources. H received two bachelor's degrees in painting- one from Patna College of art in 1995 and another from The Maharaja Sayajirao University (MSU) of Baroda in 2000. He then went on to receive a Master’s degree also in painting from MSU Baroda in 2002.
His experience at art camps in India and abroad, participation in many solo and group shows at well-known galleries and auction houses like Sarjan Art Gallery, Osian’s, Lalit Kala Akademi- New Delhi, Priyasri Art Gallery, Galerie 88, Nehru Science Center- Mumbai, Astaguru etc have contributed towards his growth as an artist. He has also won many awards for his works, such as the prestigious award for painting from the government of Bihar!