Fairy blues 2

Fairy Blues 2

Ekphrastic darlings Back me up in crimson shades As sunbirds hovering in the glade Drunk on nectar up long bills…

Fairy blues 1

Fairy Blues 1

My ekphrastic darlings 1 The wilderness is ours Take no notice my dear Of seconds turning to hours Let your…

Helios

Helios

Kaliyana Sanga Karat Hai Ranga Raliya With buds she plays the colours of cheer Awash in rainbows of nostalgia Before…

Garden of the Gods 2

Garden of the Gods 2

Hue and Cry A pinch of golden green, a hint of magenta sheen, And the cold soul of fire A…

Garden of the Gods 1

Garden of the Gods 1

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…

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.