I happen to dabble in paintings, been painting since I was a kid.
Acrylic paints, oils on canvas as well as water paints. Lately I've
been dabbling in computer-based art as well, at times building on a
scanned image of a physical painting of mine. Below appear some of my
paintings. I keep updating this site from time to time... as and when I
get new ideas and inspirations ...
An alternative landscape
The result of some Sunday afternoon boredom (Jun '10). A sunrise landscape
on a hypothetical planet, amidst pink-red mountains, green clouds, red sun
and so on. Done on Adobe Photoshop, with an impressionist liquid effect
This is the poster for the ISM08 international string theory
workshop some of my colleagues and I had organized in
Pondicherry in Dec 2008. The image is essentially an impressionist
modification of some photographs of the French quarter of Pondicherry.
The poster overall is thanks to Adobe Photoshop.
Here's something I made some time back (Nov 2000). An acrylic on canvas
paper. Diwali, as some of you probably know, is the Festival of Lights,
one of the most popular festivals in India. This painting is meant to
depict the emergence of light and joy (fireworks, lights, crackers,
sweets) from darkness and sorrow (the night background) as well as the
triumph of good over evil (there are several religious connotations to
Diwali, all of which are interesting in their own right, but that's a
separate chapter altogether). As far as the painting itself goes, it was
at least in part motivated by the works of Kandinsky and abstract
Another Kandinsky-an shot at it, sometime like last Diwali (Nov 03)..
guess I like the theme of Diwali..this one's on Windows Paintbrush,
smoothed, softened and washed out a bit by Adobe Photoshop, to give a
dreamy impressionist perspective on a minimalist abstract expression..
I kindof like abstraction. Have made another Kandinsky-an acrylic on
canvas paper which was, to begin with, inspired by Holi, the Festival of
Colors. But in retrospect, I named it Om, or the Ultimate Reality,
following the ancient scriptures and suchlike of Hindu mythology..the
painting of course is not meant to be more than a mere tangible
representation of that reality..maybe I'll scan it at some point...
and so I did ...
This was fun (Oct '04). Essentially involved metamorphosing Om above to a
spherically symmetric form and then unleashing some Adobe Photoshop voodoo
on it, and voila..love the end result..tried mucking around with it some
more but that only seemed to mar what you can see here..Amazing what
something apparently innocuous can do..
Pink Floyd ring a bell ??
This one's an oil on canvas. Straightforward impressionist landscape.
Here's one I made for a friend. Also an oil on canvas. Also an
Something an evening blues generated -- Tibetan monasteries in the
evening. Remember being struck by some imageries of Lhasa around the
time I made this. On Paintbrush, on a Unix system...
The same painting, but with colors inverted -- liked the color
combination here...viewed as an abstraction...
Yet another arbitrary abstraction...on Paintbrush, on Windows...
several coats here -- spraypaints followed by a wash, repeated a few
times, to get this matte-ish finish..then of course there's other stuf
there, e.g. a mammoth, some dancing men figures and other such curios...
and the streaks atop..then a color inversion and voila...one of the
streaks at the bottom seems to have been generated by a bad ftp
Seems to exhibit the feel of a fabric painting...
Here's an imagery of Nepal and the 8000ers, the monasteries as witnesses
to the pristine realms. This is an acrylic on canvas paper. Notice the
different brush strokes on the three peaks. I kindof like the effect this
Here's a 4' X 6' mural that I made in early November as part of
decorations for the Awaaz 2002 Show put up by Diya, Duke's South Asian
students' organization. It's really six separate sheets of canvas paper
juxtaposed together. This is a backdrop of blue and silver spraypaints,
followed by acrylic imagery, the general theme being religions and
festivals of South Asia. Perhaps an impressionist abstraction best
describes this piece, meant to depict the socio-cultural kaleidoscope of
South Asia at large.
Through the looking glass
Generated essentially by some random evening boredom. Among myriad
interpretations that can be given here, perhaps an obvious one is that of
myself stumped by a problem, looking out the window, with imagination
running amuck. The spotlight effect is thanks to Adobe Photoshop. That
apart, it's a Paintbrush creation. Kindof an Ozzy, Wonderlandish
The Flying Dutchman
My first acrylic on canvas paper, done about May 2000 at Cornell, this is
an impressionist attempt at capturing the legend of the Flying Dutchman
on which Richard Wagner based his famous opera.
There're some others as well, which I've been way too slothful to scan.
These have all been done from memory and so are better viewed
as ``dreams'', in a sense. For instance, this view of these peaks (one
of them intended to be Everest) probably doesn't really exist. I usually
don't like to delve in things where a camera can do better. Besides, this
lends wings and strokes to the imagination. And perhaps it's possible to
create something that goes, in a sense, beyond Nature (yeah, I guess I Am
Images: Copyright © K. Narayan, April 2001, Oct-Nov 2002, '03,
'04, '08, '10.
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