The Sacred and the Profane
Easel Stories’ unique Artist Residency programme, is one where all the participating artists stay under one roof, as they discuss their art & ideas working in a completely free and independent environment. The synergy it generates amongst artists - young & senior alike - is unparalleled. Such open school culture and informal hands-on training is rare to find in the Indian Art world.
March 2017 was witness to one such congregation of masters from the art world, as well known artists from the southern part of India came together for a residency programme. Spearheaded by renowned Singapore based artist P Gnana the programme had artists from Chennai Bangalore and even Malaysia coming together for week of unadulterated creative synergy.
All of these senior artists have their unique style and have established themselves through their creations over several decades. Here’s a brief description of their distinct style of painting.
G RAMAN: A master of line work, this very senior artist from Chennai weaves magic with colours to enhance his mythological figures. His paintings tilt towards the use of monochromes, with a hint of bright colours enhancing every single piece.
P GNANA: Gnana's childhood affiliation towards the cow is beautifully rekindled and visually manifested through his much-appreciated body of artworks. This talented artist from Singapore beautifully depicts the beautiful bond between humans and animals. The very talented artist also creates a three dimensional representation of his inspirations.
A VISHWAM: A National Award winning artist, bestowed with inborn talent for interpreting colours, tones, and shades, he plays with light and shadow using a bare minimum of strokes. Thus, creating a symphony of colour for the viewers.
G SUBRAMANIAN: The artist's works are inspired by the innocence and divine beauty in a child's face and the power of Indian mythology. He uses paper collage to assemble his works, which gives it a contemporary and unique form.
S CHANTHIRAN: Sheer rock faces, rock carvings, and cave sculptures come to life on canvas created by this master artist from Malaysia. His exploration of subjects for his work varies from myth to realistic human portraits. The myth and modernity co-exist as a contemporary imaginary in his works.
N MANOHARAN: An artist who has equal mastery over various mediums, using several watercolour techniques he creates the sort of variety very rarely found in the repertoire of any one artist. His 'Ganpat' series is one that never fails to fascinate the viewer.
M JAYAKUMAR: An art director from the Tamil film industry, this artist’s drawing skills are second to none. He is capable of expressing his thoughts with great ease in minutes with uncomplicated lines. The master artist also maintains the element of subtlety in his creation of nudes and erotica.
Saffron Infusion by Maria Gaela
Artist residency is one of the leading initiatives of Easel Stories. Setting up artist camps, having them stay with us as they paint exclusively has been an enriching experience for everyone at Easel Stories.
Bringing out the art in the artist, our residency programme not only helps the artist paint in relaxed & enabling environment, but also gives us a chance to get up close and personal with them.
It also provides the artist with an opportunity to interact with the viewers as well as their local peers.
Our residency programme held in the month of April 2017, had international artist Maria Galea spending a week with us as she created some marvelous artworks. Residing in Malta, this was Maria’s maiden trip to India. All of 27, Maria Galea is an inspiration to budding artists, and her fabulous work leaves the who’s who of theart world awestruck.
Using just her hands she creates a distinctive technique wherein she finds a deeper connection between herself and her artwork. Her technique of ‘marbeling’ gives her paintings a captivating twist. Thefusion of colors creates a sense of harmony and is visually pleasing for the viewer.
Creating amazing artworks over a week, an exclusive exhibition was held showcasing her paintings.
H.E. Stephen Borg, the High Commissioner of Maltla, graced us by being our guest of honour.