DescriptionOn the 25th June, I was giving finishing touches to my painting for a 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.
Seshadri Sreenivasan, Mumbai, India Member Since September 2010 Artist Statement Born in 1942, Seshadri Sreenivasan is an engineer by profession. He holds a degree in electrical engineering and he 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 with his family 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. Seshadri Sreenivasan is an autodidactic artist. He has had 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 years 2006 and 2008 he had an opportunity to exhibit some of his paintings in a private show in New York. Presently 3 of his paintings are being shown at the Southern Nevade Museum of Fine Art.(from June through Oct 2010) His art features in the art book International Contemporary Masters –III released by World Wide Art Books
Caught up in the rat race, however, Seshadri had little time to devote to his canvasses and virtually gave up painting. But the new millennium brought with it a new phase of creativity, and he is again finding himself painting and capturing the evanescent moments of life
1) Artmajeur Silver Award -Y2007,Y2009,Y2010
2) ArtSlant Juried Showcase Winner - March, May, July, Sep, Nov,2009 & Jan ,Feb 2010
3) No 1 ranked artist in traditional art and review on Fanartreview.com and also ”FanArtReview Recognized Artist of the month of Aug 2010.
Artist’s 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.