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Seshadri is an engineer by profession. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and is also a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers in India After his graduation in 1964, he joined the steel industry and worked in senior capacities in major steel plants in India and abroad for over 30 years. He lives in Mumbai,India and is an independent consultant in the marketing of industrial products.
This background might seem entirely unconnected with the world of art, but for decades Seshadri has been wielding the brushes as a hobby. Although he is an entirely self-taught artist ,he has held a few one-man shows to his credit and been part of regional group exhibitions in Bombay, Bangalore and Delhi in the 70's and 80's. In the new Millennium he has had a private shows in New York and San Fransisco in the years 2006 and 2008.
Caught up in the rat race, however, he had little time to devote to my canvasses and virtually gave up painting. But the new millennium brought with it a new phase of creativity, and he has again finding himself painting and capturing the evanescent moments of life.
1) Artmajeur Silver Award -Y2007 to 2012
2) ArtSlant Showcase Winner -Y2009- till July2012, ten ( 10) Awards till date
3) Featured in the “Contemporary International Masters published by World Wide Art Books
4) Three of his abstract paintings on ‘Seasons; are presently being shown at Southern Nevada Museum of Fine Arts., Las Vegas , USA. One is in the Museum’s permanent collection.
5) Recipient of the 'David of Michelangelo' 2010 Award. Italy
6) The 2011 American Art Award galleries have voted me a multi-winner in oil and watercolour categories.!
7) Traditional Artist Awards for the years 2010,2011 and 2012, three years in a row!
My Philosophy And Statement.
Generally I consider my art a purely personal expression. . I consider it, also, a contribution to society. ... I consider my work an expression of the age. I am painting contemporary subjects and find them very interesting. ... I believe that art should be Universal in spirit, and therefore I do not consider my work an expression of the spirit of any national, racial, religious, political, social or economic group, body, background or attitude
I only adore beauty. No ugliness will find a place in my themes. No sad or cruelty that we see all around us. I want my viewers to feel happy looking at my paintings. Life is beautiful. And we have only one to live!
I started painting from a young age. Art is my passion. It is all consuming and is giving me immense pleasure and an alternate career. Through the arts we can reach out to our creative source. We can use our creativity to enrich our personal & professional lives.
Painting is a process of evolution. For me, painting is a learning experience that finds me constantly evolving, Style is not the point. Artists always change to find something new.
There are hidden meanings and obtuse symbolisms in my paintings. I simply create images that I find to be pleasing. I try to provide an environment for thought - a playground for the mind.
My artwork is my interpretation of various topics. I would invite the viewer to interact with the images and to develop his or her own meanings from them.
My advice to you when viewing my work?
Use your imagination! Have fun!
'Strategic Alliance'---1st 2011 Showcase Entry.
President Obama (with the first lady) was in India late last year to set the trend for some BIG visits. This was closely followed by the French President Nicolas Sarkozi (with charming Mme Carla Bruni), the Russian president and the Premier of China. Al in quick succession, each trying to outdo the other. All for sealing some huge multi billion $ deals partnerships with India. They say it is going to be a win-win situation for everybody. Only Time can tell.
A strategic alliance or a joint venture takes place when two parties come together to take on one project. This has started growing by leaps and bounds in the ever shrinking global market place. Properly chosen and implemented, such alliances can be a great way for businesses across the worlds to forge relationships and to get in on opportunities (and profits) that otherwise you would miss out on.
In my interpretation of this subject, I am influenced by the decorative two-dimensional quality with its bright, pure colors, flatness, use of pattern, and emphasis on curved forms. It is light and cerebrally undemanding, but not superficial - nor easily painted, although it appears effortless.
For me, painting is a learning experience that finds me constantly evolving, Style is not the point. Artists always change to find something new. Generally, my work explores these complex abstract narratives that challenge one to look inside through imagery.
When you look at my abstract painting, do not begin by searching for some identifiable object from our physical world. Instead, try to enter the world the artist created. Relax and let your eye leisurely wander over the paintings surface. Let your heart and mind react to its colors and shapes, Let yourself be drawn into the illusion of its spaces, the action of its lines, the mood of its atmosphere
Have a wonderful and colourful 2011!
6TH 2010 SHOWCASE ENTRY.
Intellect vs Intelligence
Intellect is the mind's capacity of knowledge and reason. Intelligence is the practical manifestation of knowledge to think in complex and pioneering ways. At its simplest, intellect is knowing a lot of things, where intelligence is more about putting knowledge to use in an innovative, analytical, and practical ways.
We spend a lot of time acquiring intelligence at the expense of developing intellect.
The intelligence acquired from external agencies is much like data fed into a computer.. All the knowledge stored in its memory cannot help the computer act on
its own. If the room catches fire, it cannot escape. It will go up in flames. Likewise, all the knowledge we acquire is of no use to us without an intellect.
The world today is in a state of chaos due to the perversion in human development-- all intelligence and no intellect. We live in a highly compartmentalized world. When the intellect remains undeveloped and weak, it is unable to control the vagaries of the mind. The frail intellect looks on helplessly as the mind devastates the person. In such a condition the business, profession and even family relationship run into shambles.
The educational systems the world over must be held responsible for the debacle of the intellect. It is their primary responsibility to strike an equable balance between acquiring intelligence and developing the intellect. The right kind of education means the awakening of intelligence, the fostering of an integrated life, and only such education can create a new culture and a peaceful world.
.I have tried to show the"compartmentalized' intelligence in red against the ever expanding intellect
March Showcase Winner--"Thinking outside the Box"
At home with my "Thinking outside the Box"
The phrase actually comes from Wittgenstein's picture theory- or The limits of my language are the limits of my world. What we know and how we related stuff to each other is bounded as if in a picture frame, a collage of experiences, exposure and so on. So, we just operate within those boundaries. We do make combinations and permutations but if there are finite objects within the frame, there are finite number of combinations even if we have unlimited capacity for processing information. (theoretically it can be infinite but from a practical perspective, it is finite).
So, it is escaping this frame that makes it Thinking outside the box.
BOX" is "MEMORY" from where old ideas, thoughts, concepts arise. While these old things can work as solutions to some or all technological problems, they are woefully inadequate when it comes to solving psychological problems. That is where thinking or perhaps at a profoundly deeper level of consciousness, NON-thinking must happen "OUT OF THE BOX".
The problem of anger, fear, jealousy, hatred cannot be solved IN THE BOX. One has to be totally free of old, stale ideas in order to look at psychological problems
I have tried to depict them through the medium of colours . For example ‘red' for anger etc.
May Showcase Winner--"Slumdog Millionaire"
At my one-man-show_Y2007
Slumdog Millionaire,set and filmed in India is a 2008 British film directed by Danny Boyle, written by Simon Beaufoy, and co-directed in India by Loveleen Tandan. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards in 2009 and won eight, the most for any film of 2008,
It is not a film about poverty. In its heart is the (slum) people's massive spirit and massive determination to overcome terrible troubles. ‘Slumdog Millionaire' is a fairytale. The title of the film is only a "metaphor"."
The Theme "Slumdog Millionaire" is a constant challenge because its infinite variety invites infinitude of interpretations. I have tried to balance the painting, although it may seem uncomfortable at times, permeates my works; soft colors and symmetrical compositions are opposed by harsh manipulation of colours . In a large scale sense, these pieces are metaphors of the relationship between haves and have-nots. They reflect the balance / out of balance dilemma of contemporary survival. Balancing the discordant themes of chaos against order creates a kind of visual melody. I have obtusely shown the (8) Oscar winners flying to grab the ever enchanting Oscar casting its magical spell in the Land of opportunities! They start from the slums, fly over the high rises, over the fields, oceans for reaching the dreamland! Against all odds!!
I have painted images which are symbolic and at different planes-horizontal, vertical etc. These are meant to be different levels of existance. It may be applicable to India or to anywhere in the world.The basic human emotions are the same to whichever race one belongs to, same ambitions, same aspirations. But at different levels or planes. Oscar is shown in a bubble. And bubbles burst sooner than later! And many dreams are shattered.And many dreams become realty!
Just close your eyes and let go your imagination fly high!!
July Showcase Winner: Echo Of Eco
A Clean, Green Environment is our Birth Right.
Our planet is in great danger. For the last one hundred or so years, the people of earth have wasted and misused the natural recourses of earth.·
The process of heat absorption, which maintains the surface temperature enough so we can survive, is what is known as the greenhouse effect. Now if the natural barrier of greenhouse gases were to just disappear, the Earth's average surface temperature would·be far too cold for much of life including us.
I just wanted to share my thoughts and insights with others so that we can spread awareness around the world, bring more into the movement, and eventually bring back mother Earth so that future generations may share in our beliefs of preservation. ·Our economic security is intricately linked to ecological security
In the Juried 3 Showcase I have tried to express the main elements in a meaningful progression of an idea. The excitement for me is to allow this flow of energy of what I see and hear to be translated into a visual image.· Atmospheric Environment, Oceanic Environment, Greenfield Environment.
My painting is the result of a lot of introspection of the world around me. My paintings are not randomly conceived. Creating a concept takes a lot of time.
I have defined this composition as meaningful abstract art, that is, the design elements are based on a meaningful progression of ideas. The forms and patterns are meaningful and yet the painting as a whole is abstract. My style has changed a bit over the years, but mostly it is rooted in an earthy, organic impressionism with a touch of abstract.· A sort-of abstract impressionism in landscape
"We join with the earth and with each other,
To bring life to the land,
To care for plants,
To protect the creature
We join with the earth ,
To renew the forests,
To celebrate the seas,
To restore the waters and at last............
To save our life"
Source(s):Oxford Broadway Series- Class 8th course book
"When the last tree is cut down, the last river poisoned, and the last fish caught, will we realize that we can't eat money?"
"You've only got one planet. Don't trash it."
September Showcase Entry
"Remember the Time"
"Remember the Time" is a popular recording by Michael Jackson in March of 1992. The song hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and #1 on Billboard's R&B Singles chart. “Remember The Time” received the Soul Train Award for Best Male R&B Single.
On the 25th June, I was giving finishing touches to my painting for the Juried 4 competition when the tragic news of Michael Jackson’s death broke out.
MJ’s death affected me profoundly, as it did millions of others across the world. I belong to the older generation brought up on Frank Sinatra, Elvis and Beatles to some extent. MJ was a total stranger---nobody to me. Yet I used to be filled with joy watching his colourful performances which were so overwhelming, so overpowering. No doubt he has been declared “the greatest entertainer the world has ever known”. It was then and there I decided to do a painting as a tribute to his dynamism, lively music, colourful performances and share it with my fellow artists.
I watched the Memorial Service with mixed emotions. It looked phony and looked like a stage act. There were fake expressions of sorrow all around by a shameless, exploitative lot. MJ deserved better treatment during his life time and in his death. He wasn't just a man trying to make millions He gave more to charity than all the entertainers put together. That was truly divine.
I have tried to capture an essence of MJ. I painted him in black and white, taking a last bow right on top of the world and heading towards Heaven!! Yes, MJ was unique; Michael Jackson was a legend; his music will always stay with me.
Jai Ho! Michael! Rest in peace. You have gone to a place where you truly belong. Heaven.
Conflict resolution is a range of processes aimed at alleviating or eliminating sources of conflict. Processes of conflict resolution generally include negotiation, mediation and diplomacy. Processes of mediation and arbitration are often referred to as alternative dispute resolution.
I painted this subject in Y2007 when 2 states of India, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu were at loggerheads with each other regarding sharing of the river water passing through both the states. The long-standing conflict reached a law and order flash-point and the Central Government at Delhi had to intervene to cool the tempers of people in both the states. It saddened my heart because I was born and brought up in both these states and never in my younger years had such incidents happened. Now a days even small issues are getting politicized for the benefit of few. Such conflicts keep happening in my country all the time. Sad reflection of the days of intolerance.
In the Twenty-First Century violent conflict seems never far from the headlines. Asia, Central Asia and the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, Palestine, Africa Chechnya and Lebanon form a chain of instability across strategically vital regions. Major International powers can contribute to the promotion of peace and engage themselves to conflict resolution and prevention.
But conflict has clearly not gone away. In place of interstate war, ‘new’ wars have emerged. These conflicts are characterized by confrontations between violent non-state actors, including groups employing terrorism, and state-backed agents. Modern conflicts are fluid, dynamic and chaotic.
Elements of impressionism appear as ghosts in the background of this abstract painting. There are faces and issues made to conflict with each other are shown in organic and inorganic shapes and colours. But ultimately, this is an abstract expressionist work of art. As we know, canvas is canvas and paint is paint. They have a life of their own … and something to say.
Eat, Pray, Love
Its widely reported in India that they are filming a movie version of the much talked about spiritual travel memoir, “Eat, Pray, Love” which comes highly recommended.WOW! Julia Roberts is back.
The book is a travelogue of a New York journalist Elizabeth Gilbert. Reeling from a contentious divorce, a volatile rebound romance and a bout of depression and getting tired of NY, Gilbert takes off to Rome where she studies the art of pleasure and India is for the art of devotion. In Bali, she studies the art of balance between worldly enjoyment and divine transcendence.
Despite many criticisms the book has proven a hit with readers. Many people have been inspired by both her travels and the lessons she learned along the way.
There are concerns in India about whether the film will portray Hinduism and Yoga authentically.Of course, there will be some who will think the film version of Eat, Pray, Love, is a great adaptation.
The people of India will be anxious to see how perfectly Julia Roberts does her job of cleaning temple floors as a part of her devotional duty, trying to recite holy chants, and going through grueling hours of meditation.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have made my own version of "Eat Pray Love" in my own colourful style with hidden symbols that came to my mind. I wanted it to look positive and exude a woman’s charm.
I have shown a butterfly as symbolic of the spiritual evolution a person has gone through. In ancient mythology, the butterfly stands for beauty, wisdom and knowledge. We are born small like the caterpillar, but as we grow older our true beauty shows like the butterfly. Like a butterfly, art is beautiful in its own way.
"BLUE SKY THINKING"
Blue Sky Thinking is original or creative thinking, unfettered by convention. In blue sky thinking there should be no preconceptions. Thinking is as wide and clear as the blue sky.
I would say ArtSlant contest is a classic example of Blue Sky Thinking. Members contribute ideas spontaneously and help each other solving problems wherever need be. We have become a part of a Creative Community, where people come to meet and share in the sprit of innovation & creativity. I like working together by contributing my ideas and intelligence to create art.
By collaborating with individuals across the globe I am trying to create an interesting, innovative art full of thoughts on being creative. Blue Sky is not a pie in the sky. It is good Karma!
There are hidden meanings and obtuse symbolisms in my paintings. There is a lot of interplay of colours and forms. An optimistic assumption is made that there will be no obstacles or opposition to implementation of the ideas.
This is purely a personal journey,
I simply create images that I find to be pleasing. I try to provide an environment for thought - a playground for the mind. You will find in this painting; “flow of thoughts”, “brain wave”. "Brain storming”, “Mind tree”. “Out of the blue”, “Networking” etc.
My artwork is my interpretation of Corporate/Management topics. No doubt these philosophies apply to our day to day existence also. I would invite the viewer to interact with the images and to develop his or her own meanings from them.
My advice to you when viewing my work? Use your imagination!
Have fun! Enjoy!!
In Hinduism, Avatar refers to the appearance in physical form of a deity that has descended from heaven to earth. It is mostly translated into English as "incarnation".
Avatar is derived from ava (down) and tṝ (to cross), describing the descent of a deity into manifest form . Throughout ages, Lord Vishnu, the Hindu God of Protection has incarnated in various life forms in situations where Dharma (Righteousness) was in danger, because of certain evil elements in the world. An oft-quoted passage describes the typical role of an avatar of Vishnu—to bring Dharma (Righteousness) back to the social and cosmic order. In mythology these incarnations are termed as the Avatars of Lord Vishnu
It appears that this Hindu terminology has been made popular throughout the world by “Avatar” the movie, a science fiction film written and directed by James Cameron. May be James Cameron drew the inspiration from the Indian mythologies. The bad and greedy humans (who else) gets beaten black and blue by the Avatars.! The film was touted as a breakthrough in terms of filmmaking technology, for its development of 3D viewing and stereoscopic filmmaking with cameras that were specially designed for the film's production. If Cameron had dwelled into Hindu mythology, perhaps he could have found more exciting story lines. He has stated that if Avatar is successful, two sequels to the film are planned. . So we can brace ourselves for another onslaught of technical brilliance and record breaking collections! Well, I would be the first one to queue up for the “first-day-first-show” tickets!
I was really disappointed that Avatar didn’t make it to the best film category at the Oscar Academy Awards this year. To my unpleasent surprise a movie based on war did!
Reinventing The Wheel
Reinventing the wheel is a phrase that means a generally accepted technique or solution is ignored in favour of a locally invented solution. To "reinvent the wheel" is to duplicate a basic method that has long since been accepted and even taken for granted.
The inspiration for this idiomatic metaphor lies in the fact that the wheel is the archetype of human ingenuity, both by virtue of the added power and flexibility it affords its users, . As it is not considered to have operational flaws, an attempt to reinvent it would be pointless and add no value to the object, as well as a waste of time
At the same time, however, reinventing the wheel is an important tool in the translation of complex ideas. Rather than providing viewers simply with a known landscape (see the centre of the canvas) I have instead have tried to build up the material anew, leaving the viewer to work out the reasoning.
The World Is Flat
A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century is a best-selling book by Thomas L. Friedman analyzing the progress of globalization with an emphasis on the early 21st century.
Friedman believes the world is flat in the sense that the competitive playing fields between industrial and emerging market countries are leveling. Friedman recounts many examples in which companies in India and China are becoming part of large global complex supply chains that extend across oceans, providing everything from service representatives and X-ray interpretation to component manufacturing. He also describes how these changes are made possible through intersecting technologies, particularly the Internet.
There are hidden meanings and obtuse symbolisms in my paintings. I simply create images that I find to be pleasing. I try to provide an environment for thought - a playground for the mind.
I would invite the viewer to interact with the images and to develop his or her own meanings from them. My advice to you when viewing my work? Use your imagination! Have fun!
The Evolution of a Revolution.
This is hitting the headlines.The TV Channels are full of it. The whole world is watching .
Once again the Arab world is in turmoil. Frustration, unrest, unabated anger has set in. But this time the turmoil comes from within. The people governed by dictators are fed up and have refused to be cowed down by the strong arm tactics of the dictators and their henchman.
Once lit the fire of the revolution is spreading fast and furious from Tunisia to the latest uprising in Libya.
But what is going to happen now?.
What are going to be the implications?
It is certain that the world balance of power is going to change irretrievably with what is known as the ‘Jasmine Revolution’.
Time only can tell.
I painted this in Y2008 ,'inspired' by the Janet Jackson episode which was hugely publicized. It appears that while walking the ramp, her top accidentally came off !!??
It looks as though this set a new trend to get cheap publicity for 'sagging' careers. A few such 'accidents' have taken place in India too. And the self appointed 'moral policing' is at work and appears to have checked it.
Well, I never had a chance to be a witness to these scenes. But I don't think I have missed anything. I am not particularly fond of anorexic zombie faced models!Enjoy the painting!
SPACES IN BETWEEN
The title "Spaces In Between" refers to all those moments in our lives when we are thinking or dreaming about something. Eternity stretches forever from the end of the world. We stand on the edge looking out towards heaven beyond the mountains.
We may learn to become aware of this and to control this ability and willingly think about things that are good and positive for us. Then, we will be much better off.
This painting depicts warm sunset colours over serene mountains. Light clouds are picked out in the sky with warm oranges and yellows as the sun sets behind a mountain vista. Rich, warm sunset colours complement and contrast each other in this relaxing painting. The paint has been applied in layers to create depth and a surface texture to create an unusual and contemporary look
Life necessitates three kinds of activity: to assure its survival, its means of existence, and its nourishment; to realise its reproduction according to forms of activity generally connected with sexuality; and, lastly, to establish rules of behaviour that allow different individuals to perform their roles within the framework of the species. In human society, this is represented as three necessities, three aims of life: material goods (artha) assure survival; erotic practice (kama) assures the transmission of life; and rules of behaviour, a moral nature (dharma), assure the cohesion and duration of the species. (The Complete Kamasutra, translated by Alain Danielou, 1994)
So with religion, morality (dharma) and material success (artha), kama is the third goal of human life. Kama is further defined as;
Kama is the enjoyment of appropriate objects by the five senses of hearing, feeling, seeing, tasting and smelling, assisted by the mind together with the soul. The ingredient in this is a peculiar contact between the organ of sense and its object, and the consciousness of pleasure which arises from that contact is called Kama.
The Bear Hug.
Contemporary Oil painting on stretched Canvas . Size:24"x30"
The financial crisis the world is facing at present is a crisis triggered by a liquidity crisis in banking and even soverign system and caused by the overvaluation of assets. Simply put GREED. It has resulted in the collapse of large financial institutions, the bail out of banks by national governments and downturns in stock markets around the world. In many areas, the housing market has also suffered, resulting in numerous evictions, foreclosures and prolonged vacancies. It is considered by many economists to be the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s. It contributed to the failure of key businesses, declines in consumer wealth estimated in the trillions of U.S. dollars while significant risks remain for the world economy over the 2010-2011 periods.
The name "bear hug" reflects the persuasiveness of the offering company's overly generous offer to the target company. This is nothing but 'gobbling' up a good company in dire financial straits. The target company's management is essentially forced to accept such a generous offer because it is legally obligated to look out for the best interests of its shareholders. Now it looks as though the many countries are collapsing, let alone a few companies. The day is not far off when the countries get gobbled up.
A bear market tends to be accompanied by widespread pessimism. Investors anticipating further losses are motivated to sell, with negative sentiment feeding on itself in a vicious circle. But you never know. People have made fortunes in a bear hug phase and have built empires amidst ruins as shown in this painting
ESCAPE THE RAT RACE
A rat race is a term used for an endless, self-defeating or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of the futile efforts of a lab rat trying to escape while running around a maze or in a wheel. In an analogy to the modern city, many rats in a single maze expend a lot of effort running around, but ultimately achieve nothing (meaningful) either collectively or individually.
The increased image of work as a "rat race" in modern times has led many to question their own attitudes to work and seek a better alternative; a more harmonious Work-life balance. Many believe that long work hours, unpaid overtime, stressful jobs, time spent commuting, less time for family life and/or friends life, has led to a generally unhappier workforce/population unable to enjoy the benefits of increased economic prosperity and a higher standard of living.
Let's not get caught up in the same mindless rat race of smaller, better, faster, richer and smarter. Let's keep our values intact and ensure we pass them down to our children. Let's not push them into the rat race and on the knife's edge of a suicide.
Let our rich culture, traditions and heritage shine through the gaps of change.
Being On The Edge
When you are fighting and being pushed to the edge, remember one thing. Real relationships aren’t perfect and perfect relationships aren’t real.
“An artist is someone who can hold two opposing viewpoints and still remain fully functional.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald
Fritz Williams: “I believe in cultivating opposite, but complementary views of life, and I believe in meeting life's challenges with contradictory strategies. I believe in reckoning with the ultimate meaninglessness of our existence, even as we fall in love with the miracle of being alive.
The term "biosphere" was coined by geologist Eduard Suess in 1875, which he defined as:
"The place on Earth's surface where life dwells."
The biosphere is the global sum of all ecosystems. It can also be called the zone of life on Earth, a closed (apart from solar and cosmic radiation) and self-regulating system. From the broadest biophysiological point of view, the biosphere is the global ecological system integrating all living beings and their relationships, including their interaction with the elements of the lithosphere, hydrosphere and atmosphere. The biosphere is postulated to have evolved, beginning through a process of biogenesis or biopoesis, at least some 3.5 billion years ago.
I have tried to include all elements tht go into make the biosphere in this expressive painting. ENJOY!
A Watercolour painting on Strathmore hardpressed paper 300gms. 18"x24".
The Earth is made up of four different spheres:
Atmosphere: The air surrounding Earth
Lithosphere: The rocky surface of the Earth
Hydrosphere: The water on Earth
Biosphere: The area on Earth where life exists
I entered my painting 'Biosphere' in the earlier contest. Lithosphere is my entry for this contest.