This was my first oil painting. I painted it over two and a half months from September to December 1993. On the advice of Mr Purohit, I’ve used a lot of sap green and burnt sienna in the painting, and used it everywhere, so that a very strong sense of harmony emerges.
It is based on the 1795 work,Landscape with Rainbowof Joseph Wright, currently housed at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby, England.
During a visit back from Singapore - end of the year 1995 or 1996
Many of you have seen this painting in various stages of completion and have contributed to it in one way or the other. Though nothing out of the ordinary and with less than a month’s painting time, it was completed over a span of 5 1/2 years and ended up travelling quite a bit.
It started its journey in June 1997 from India (Sikkim to Calcutta) to Singapore (1997: NTU Hall 6, 1998: Hall 8, 1999: 90 Tanjong Katong) to Hong Kong (2001) to California, USA (2001) and then back to Singapore (2002: 90 Tanjong Katong, Normanton Park) where it finally saw the light of the day.
inspiration for the sky
I painted this portrait over a month’s time in 1994, mostly in Mr. Purohit's place, when I was in my last year of school. The basis of the portrait was a series of photographs of the subject - my eldest sister Manju didi, who had passed away in 1998, with the sari taken from Anita didi's engagement photos. This was my first attempt to work on a portrait.
I ended up making her looking older than she looked.
On the way back from Prateek’s house on Feb 3, 2007, Archana and I bought small oil boards from Takashimaya, Orchard Rd. Painted this in 2 Sunday sittings – on Feb 4 and Feb 11.
It’s a copy of a painting that hung on the wall of our rented house in Chinese Garden, left there by the landlord.
Gave it to Anita didi.
This was the first painting that I did as a commercial order, and also a painting that I did with Archana. I started it, Archana painted the majority of it, and then I completed it.
I wanted to do a painting integrating the majestic Kanchenjunga mountain range - that I see from my home window in Sikkim, with the symbols of Lord Shiva, who abode is Mount Kailash. You will see Lord Shiva's crescent moon, the river Ganga flowing from his hair, his Trident (Trishul), and the Shiva Linga.
I began drawing and painting when I was 6 years old. My sister taught me how to draw the lotus flower until I perfected it. I then used to practise copying pictures of Hindu deities – often with multiple arms and difficult to draw.
I don’t have a formal training in Art. In senior school, a new teacher to school, Mr Sanjay Purohit showed me that I could paint much better with more patience on each work.
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