Imagining Peace at the Colombo Art Biennale

I’m delighted to be a part of Sri Lanka’s first Art Biennale and grateful to Annoushka Hempel for giving me this opportunity.  50 artists are participating in the Colombo Art Biennale, displaying their work over 14,000 sqft of space. In addition there are 25 other locations which will act as satellites to the main eventContinue reading “Imagining Peace at the Colombo Art Biennale”

Lost in thought

Exciting times.  I’ve enrolled for a short term course at UODA under the guidance of Shahid Kabir, renowned Bangladeshi Printmaker and Painter.  For a while at least, the finished pieces getting on to this blog are likely to be prints. Enjoying painting with oil and hope I can pick it up again after the printmakingContinue reading “Lost in thought”

Je ne veux pas travailler

We have many street vendors in Dhaka.  This flower seller’s expression caught my attention.  It’s turned out to be more aggressive mostly because of what I read into the situation and the stories that I built around him which kept me occupied when painting. Using oils after a break.  The first painting is yet toContinue reading “Je ne veux pas travailler”

DSfDFs : Portrait Challenge

I’ve been a fan of Karin Jurick‘s paintings for a while now and have been lurking around her new blog Different Strokes from Different Folks since it started a few months ago.  But it was a portrait challenge that gave me the push to jump in and also the fact that we had 3 weeksContinue reading “DSfDFs : Portrait Challenge”

Back on track

This may go through several iterations yet but I’m happy to be back on track and doing what I like best – painting portraits.    The Asian Biennale has come to an end and today we went and picked up our paintings.  It felt good to have “Stop or Else!” safely back at home.  Continue reading “Back on track”

13th Asian Art Biennale ’08

The Asian Art Biennale organised by the Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy has been held in Dhaka since 1981.   A key art event in the region, it began with the aim of showcasing art from established and young artists portraying continuity and change.     The 13th Bangladesh Biennale is underway and I am delighted toContinue reading “13th Asian Art Biennale ’08”

Say a little prayer for me…

I’ve been attempting to paint more than a portrait for the last few months but there is something special about this lady that has had me breaking that self imposed rule.   She’s been the subject of my paintings four times already in the last 3 months.   And I know that I’m not doneContinue reading “Say a little prayer for me…”

Looking for a fare – 2

Just like cabbies, the rickshaw wallahs stop right by you along the pavement, to check if you want a ride.  You will also find them parked in a line along lanes, like taxi stands.   Unlike other cities, the rickshaws of Dhaka are brightly coloured and decorated with a lot of care by their owners.Continue reading “Looking for a fare – 2”

No man is an island

“No man is an island No man stands alone” In this swirling sea of colours as people were rushing purposefully to their destinations, one man caught my eye.  It was the contrast in the clothes he wore compared to the people around him.  The dullness of the colours.  By the simple act of dressing differentlyContinue reading “No man is an island”

Falling into place

My older sister has been waiting patiently, for a few years now, for me to paint her a piece.  Her only request was that it be bright and colourful.   Recently, she added that it also needed to be large as she planned to give it pride of place in her living room.  Earlier, lastContinue reading “Falling into place”