From a student to his teacher
KS Radhakrishnan & Aashna in a discussion on his upcoming book on SOMNATH HORE
There will always be artists who will stay true to their vision and may not acquiesce to commerce. Somnath Hore was one such artist. The mastery of his craft mesmerized generations of students at the famous Santiniketan leaving an intangible mystique long after the dust of the classroom studio was just a cherished memory in their minds.
One of Somnath Hore’s students from Kala Bhavana in the 70s sculptor K.S. Radhakrishnan discusses his close acquaintance with him. Many students got guidance from the master printmaker & sculptor Somnath Hore. And the artist is remembered in his centenary year with an exposition curated by K.S. Radhakrishnan along with a book to be released on his art on that occasion.
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
Madhuri Kathe was born in 1972 in the ancient city of Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. She received a double Masters and a PhDby the age of 27! She has not only explored various mediums in this process but also gained a lot of knowledge and guidance under her mentors namely, Dr V.S. Vakankar, Dr O.P. Bhatnagar and Dr Sushila Pant.
She has taken part in many groups and solo shows in India and internationally. (To view all go to the end of the article!) She has showcased her works at places such as Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda- Mumbai, Dhoomimal Art Gallery, Nehru Center Art Gallery and Galerie Mueller Germany. Some of them have even been inaugurated by eminent artists such as Bhupen Khakhar and Jatin Das.
“My works are based on the fact that nature and our body are made up of five elements–Earth, Fire, Water, Air and Sky each representing a colour. The use of the five primary colours Black, White, Yellow, Green, Blue and red gives birth to the vision of Nature.”