Please join us for the book launch and author reading
The Foundation for Indian Contemporary Art (FICA) is pleased to present a series of books for children titled ‘Art for Kids’ authored by Sara Vetteth. The first two in this series are based on the lives and works of the prominent Indian artists A Ramachandran and Ram Kumar. Titled ‘Ramachandran’s Nature Paintings’ and ‘Ram Kumar’s Landscapes’ these books are written in close collaboration with the artists who are living legends. The author introduces us to their work, shares their passion for art and also tells us little stories from their lives.
About the author
Sara was taught in school that there is one ‘right’ way to draw a leaf, a flower or a tree. Sadly, she sees children taught art the same way today.
She hopes her books will help children see art as a means to express their unique way of seeing the world. For the ‘Art for Kids’ series of books, Sara has collaborated with some of India’s most talented artists who have generously shared the stories of their lives, helped select their favourite works and explained the inspiration behind them. She hoped that reading these books will encourage children to explore and have fun with art.
Sara studied and taught at parsons School of Design (New York) and was an Artist-in-Residence at the Bauhaus School (Germany). She works on various design projects that range from websites to palace hotels. She now lives in Chennai with her husband, two children, two dogs, three turtles and numerous fish.
About the artists
A Ramachandran is one of India’s foremost painters. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, an award for outstanding service to the nation. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Lalit Kala Akademi. His work has been shown in important galleries around the world. In 2003, the National Gallery of Modern Art (New Delhi) organized a major retrospective of his work. In addition to his large vibrant canvases he has designed several large scale installations. He designed the granite bas-relief sculpture at the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial at Sriperumbudur, near Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It is 125 feet long. His other famous work Yayati is 60 feet long and surrounds the viewer on 3 sides with a 13 bronze sculptures in the center of the installation.
Ramachandran lives and works in Delhi with his wife, artist Chameli Ramachandran.
Ram Kumar is one of India's most celebrated abstract painters. He received the Padma Shri in1972 and the Padma Bhushan in 2010. He has shown his work in major exhibitions in India and abroad including the Venice Biennale and the Festival of India exhibitions in the USSR and Japan. As a student in Paris he studied under French master painters Fernand Leger and Andre Lhote. When he first returned from Paris his works were focused on the plight of young people in recently independent India. Later his work became more abstract and less figurative. He is most well known for his landscapes.
Ram Kumar lives and works in New Delhi.