Mohan Sundaresan - California, USA
Mohan was born in Bangalore, India in 1945. He comes from a family of painters, sculptors, musicians and dreamers, who could not afford toys, so they made their own.
After high school in 1962, Mohan moved to London, living a carefree life doing odd jobs, which he still does today. Mohan moved to Austria in 1968 to work with his cousin in the textile business.
He started designing and sewing and found that he really enjoyed working with colors. After 16 years in Austria, Mohan moved to San Diego to be with his young son and wife. He began painting apartments and doing some interior remodeling. From there he started experimenting with different mediums and surfaces.
Painting became an obsession and a necessity of life to him, like food. Since 1987 Mohan has been living in La Jolla, California, where he spends much of his time working in his studio creating new works of art.
He was inspired by the artists William Turner and Zao Wou-ki, and the music of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix.
In 2011 Mohan did a solo exhibition at the La Jolla Historical Society, where he donated one of his paintings for a fundraising raffle. He has exhibited in local shows and his art hangs in corporate lobbies in San Diego. His work has been sold to private collectors worldwide.
The artworks are created in my studio in La Jolla, using a technique that I developed over the years. Several processes are involved in each piece. I begin a project by putting colors on two canvases of equal size. The colors are determined by what impressions are in my mind at the time.
Sunsets, flowers, the ocean, stars, and nature in general give me inspiration. The state of the world affects what thoughts are in my brain when I am painting. When they are dry, I turn each canvas face down and cut it into random curves and shapes. I add a sphere to the mix, which represents a gem.
Finally, I weave the two canvases together around the sphere, cutting slits in strategic places so they lie flat. Each weave is carefully glued in place. The weaving is the part that I enjoy most. The message is the same in every piece. "We are all born with a gem inside us that needs to be polished. No one is better than another."
Painting began as a hobby, then became a habit and a passion, and is today an obsession. "I can't go a day without painting, it is such a release. I used to travel all over the world, but now I travel when I paint."
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