Sunday, August 1, 2010

Science and I

Science and I / 12” x 13” /Mixed media on recycled wood / 2008

This piece is symbolic of my relationship with and passion for science - how my culture and upbringing is a huge part of why I initially wanted to follow a career in science.

A flash of Mardi Gras

A Flash of Mardi Gras / 18” x 24” / Oil on canvas / 2009

"Do you know what it means to miss New Orleans?"

I do. Many times over. That city gave me countless number of gifts that are all such an important part of me. I dream about New Orleans, I think about it when it has just rained and is still hot and humid, but pleasantly so. I say a little prayer for it every time I hit potholes anywhere in the world. I think about so many instances, I have lost count, because it is me.

When I closed my eyes and thought about how to paint Mardi Gras, I was so overwhelmed at the inspiration and subject matter, so here I present to you a 'taste test' - just some of the extraordinary experiences the festival has to offer.

Ideas in science

Ideas in Science / 16” x 20” / Mixed media on recycled wood / 2008

An idea can save the world. Well maybe not literally, but they contribute to a huge part in figuring out facts in nature and establishing a working point from which mankind has progressed to this day.

The falling apple made Newton think about gravity....

Watson and Crick with their model of the double helix....Da Vinci's uber-proportionate Vitruvian Man....

Inspiration from geniuses, I hope this painting will inspire one to be more aware of the potential hidden in nature.


Adonis / 10” x 12” / Oil on canvas / 2008

All of us get obsessed with body image and what looks good sometimes. While the dynamic of the twisted body interested me, I wanted to show the extremities of obsession with 'the perfect body'. I used an inverted colour scheme to show opposition and to reveal the substance beneath the figure - as if to say that I see through the superficial image obsession if I look hard enough.

St.Petri Dom

St.Petri Dom / 16” x 24” / Oil on canvas / 2008

Buildings serve many purposes including an aesthetic and sentimental one. Here, I wanted to take inanimate structures and covey two different kinds of moods with varying colour tones and a worm's eye perspective. My inspiration was Monet's 'Rouen Cathedral' series; as well as what cathedrals symbolize in terms of marriage. I took the term 'through thick and thin' said in many wedding vows and translated it into the colours of a warm sunny day (thick) and a cold night (thin).

Colours of the mediterranean

Colours of the mediterranean/ Acrylic on recycled wood/ 2009


LGBT / 12” x 16” / Mixed media on canvas / 2008

Justice should be unbiased and just, as is evident in the message conveyed by the Lady of Justice. However, it is often not. I wanted to make a statement on behalf of all the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and trans-gender members of the world, to remind people of the basics that they (LGBT) are denied. Not just by the laws that governments make against them, but also in the unfair way in which society treats them.