Asha Sudhakar Shenoy
Born and brought up in Tamil Nadu and now settled in Bangalore, Asha Sudhakar Shenoy is a self-taught artist. She was interested in sketching and painting right from her childhood days. Her father Late J.B.Prabhu who was an expert ceramic artist used to put his 5 year old on his lap and show her how to sketch with a pencil.
She used to observe how he sketched too and in no time picked up the art of sketching. She loved drawing and would observe closely the small comic strips that appeared in the newspapers of those days and also “Chandamama”, the only kids’ monthly magazine which carried lovely little stories and matching illustrations.
The quaint looking houses, trees, animals and the figures in Chandamama magazine were her favorites and she would ogle at those for hours on end. Even advertisements in those days -1960s-used to be illustrated and they became her study material. Those were the days when there was no TV, computer or internet to spend one’s time on. During the long summer holidays, she would buy notebooks and fill them with free-hand pen drawings of whatever she came across daily. The passion remained even when she went to college and she was very well known for her drawing skills. Once an English lecturer asked her to illustrate Lord Tennyson’s poem “The Lady of Shalott” on the black board and she promptly obeyed and was applauded for the same. Her illustrations were used in the College magazines and she was also interviewed in the Youth Program of All India Radio, Madras.
She did her Post Graduation in Mathematics at Stella Maris College, Chennai and then joined a Nationalised Bank as a Probationary Officer. Life took a different turn; she got married and was busy with her family. After three decades of life as a Banker, she voluntarily retired from the services of the Bank and took to art again and to hone her skills joined the Short Term Certificate Course in Painting offered by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath, Bangalore. She started painting in oils for the first time after which there was no looking back. She has been painting in all the mediums like oil, watercolors, acrylics etc. and she enjoys figurative and portraits more than any other form of painting.
She loves doing portraits because of the challenges inherent in painting a person’s likeness while capturing their personality and spirit. She takes pleasure in the pursuit of painting the human figure and face.
Her favorite Western artists are the likes of Rembrandt, Diego Velazquez, Renoir, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla, John Singer Sargent, Nicoloi Fechin , Mary Cassatt and the Indian artists are Amrita Shergill, M.V.Dhurandhar, Ram Kinker Baij, Jehangir Sabavala, John Fernandes, Anjali Ela Menon and Kamath Vasudeo to name a few.
She regularly participates in “Chitra Santhe”, an annual art show which takes place in December/January every year in Bangalore.
She has held Group Shows at Galleries in Bangalore over the years and her paintings have been well received and appreciated by all. She was also selected by the Lalitkala Akademy for their “Chitra Parise” in March 2013. The recent Exhibition “Laya” held at Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in October, 2013 and at the Renaissance Gallerie in November, 2013 were a grand success.
The theme for these exhibitions was Indian Classical dance Kathak and her dancers were ethereal in every sense of the word. Her paintings are in the collections of art collectors in India, Ireland, Portugal, Singapore and the US.
She strongly feels that as an artist she should try all mediums and all styles. She does not like restricting herself to one particular style or format which may result in affecting an artist’s versatility. She believes in depicting life as she sees it and that for her art cannot be a hobby, it can only be a passion, a lifelong one at that.
She is a member of Fineartamerica, saatchionline, artslant and many such fine art websites and her paintings are displayed on many online art galleries too. She has uploaded all her art works on her blog and keeps updating it from time to time.