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…

Paradise 2

Paradise 2

A painting I envisaged with some beautiful Indian birds like the Asian paradise flycatcher. The pyramid like flowers are Clerodendron…

Paradise 1

Paradise 1

This commissioned work has appeared in Sanctuary Magazine, December 2016. The client was looking at a large sized work that…

The Wood Life 2

The Wood Life 2

I am fascinated by the flock diversity among birds. This painting is a depiction of the North East Himalayan woodlands.…

Sultans of Swing

Sultans of Swing

I am in thrall of sultan tits. A few years ago I visited Bompu Forest in Arunachal Pradesh. My sighting…

Trongons and Nuthatches

Trogons and Nuthatches

Malabar trogons are endemic to forests south of the Vindhyas. Their habitat is lush, evergreen and smothered in flora where…

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.