Garden of the Gods

Garden of the Gods

A recent visit to the remote and ecologically fragile Mishmi Hills in Arunachal Pradesh, yielded the first in my new…

Forest Family 2

Forest Family 2

The second in the Forest Family series depicting typical birds of the Western Ghats: the greater racket tail drongos and…

Forest Family 1

Forest Family 1

This painting includes two pairs of racket tail drongos that inhabit typical Western Ghats forests and woodlands with their raucous…

Memories of a Malabar Garden

Memories of a Malabar Garden

A painting with a special request from the client to depict birds, flowers, insects and birds commonly found in a…

Blue Tales

Blue Tales

In Blue Tales the viewer is invited to look upon two large red-billed blue magpies, and other diverse birds, against…

Malabar garden diptych

Malabar Garden Diptych

This set of paintings was commissioned by a relatively new farm stay that has opened outside Bangalore, close to Bannerghata…

Welcome to Meena Subramaniam’s art website

I am a professional, self-taught artist who lives near Thekkady in Kerala. My art focuses almost entirely on the natural world that surrounds us. The compositions are a blend of my own exaggerated fantasies of the landscapes I have experienced, with real subjects from in and around a particular locale. These include birds, mammals, butterflies, rare balsams, orchids and ferns. I draw attention to these particular landscapes inviting the viewer’s empathy and awe. I often attempt trompe l’oil, especially with larger canvasses. The medium is mostly acrylic on canvas as it facilitates the kind of texture I apply on my canvasses.

The acrylic technique involves application of several layers of very thin wet on wet acrylic washes in rapid large and small brush strokes, extensive texturing and distinct use of light and highlights. My colours are restricted to a mixed palette, limited to one set of primaries, except for the subjects. I borrow heavily from digital images for accuracy of species. I concern myself with shaping a world, both fantastical and mystical to evoke a sense of wonderment for the viewer.