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QUESTIONNAIRE FOR PUBLICATION OF YOUR PERSONAL INTERVIEW IN OUR ART MAGAZINE

Dear Artists,
I am planning to bring out a special number of our bilingual quarterly art-journal 'Kala-Prayojan' http://kala-prayojan.blogspot.com/ featuring International Artists (with their old as well as recent paintings). For this purpose, I am sending you the following questionnaire for consideration and response. Should I hope that you would be kind enough to go through it thoroughly. By replying suitably at your earliest convenience and thus helping our research team to publish significant material about you and your paintings, we sincerely hope to spread the message of global friendship through Art.

Regards,

Hemant Shesh




QUESTIONS FOR ARTISTS


1. Where did your schooling in Art take place? or you have picked up painting on your own. How did you incline towards fine arts?
2. As a student of Art, who were your contemporaries, who later became renowned artists?
3. Who were your teachers during your studies ? Did anyone/some ones did inspire your work at the initial stage as a student artist.
4. What were the major difficulties that you faces during becoming an artist and later while establishing yourself as a visual artist-in your country and then abroad.
5. Can you classify certain important significant landmarks in your long art-journey?
6. Who are the major artists, who have inspired you or your work and why?
7. Your paintings are a blend of inspirations gathered from various sources. Which culture has a greater impact on your art and why?
8. You have been underlined as a creative artist using multi-media for your various forms of expression. What has ben your central concern?
10. In any series of paintings you have blended the images of the East to those of the West, What was the reason thereof and how did it bridge the occidental and oriental sensibilities??
11. What major difference do you feel between the Indian art scene today as compared to the contemporary art world of West?
12. Taking a global view of modern world art, how do you rate major Indian artists and their art? Who are artists you know from India?
13. Public art as an urbanization trend is picking up gradually in developing countries like India. What should be its aesthetic direction and dimensions? How the modern art can works literate common men's vision towards life and art?
14. What is your assessment about the recent boost in art market of the world? Has this trend negatively influence artists or the orientation of contemporary art.
15. How persons other than art field have inspired your work and who are the chief personalities of philosophical, intellectual, literary and allied fields who have contributed to the shaping of your creative orientation?
16. What in your opinion is the creative correlation between tradition and modernity? Have some of your works given an evidence of such a co-existence?
17. What is the meaning of being an Indian near you, when for the past so many decades you and your wife are staying permanently in a country like Canada? Do you sometimes miss India and for what reasons?
18. What is the significance of being experimental while working multi-media?
19. What is the latest that you are working on and when is your next solo/group show(s) scheduled and where?
20. Have you to say anything special on governmental patronage of fine arts, especially with reference to art institutions established for protection, Promotion and development of art and artists?
21. Have you to say anything to budding and upcoming generation of new artists?

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Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on October 23, 2009 at 9:07am
Artists can modify Qs & answer them like I did.
Comment by Hemant Shesh on October 23, 2009 at 8:57am
Mam. Should I in turn, request you to please make a draft of another questionnaire for self taught, non professional artists like you. Please attempt.regards, HS
Comment by K. Usha P. Rai on October 15, 2009 at 8:31am
Hello, Mr Shesh, it is a good idea to find the emotions and idea's of the artists and their knowledge about contemporary art. But this questionair is too elaborate. Please make it simple. It is more a proffessional way. For a self taught artist some questions look absured since they have no answers for them. I am one of them because I have no formal training nor long history narrate. I started painting seriously at the age of 60 (now I am 65!) and I paint to myheart's content. It is a stress buster to me. So I view painting in that way. I like Ravi Varma's paintings more than Hussain's. Because I dont understand them and I cant see any beauty in them. I like all beautiful paintings especially of nature and human emotions! Monolisa is my favourite painting. As such I am incompetant to reply your questions . But Thank you very much for inviting me. If you modify your questionair and simplify it I will try to reply.
Comment by Christine Valin on October 13, 2009 at 3:48pm
Does that mean, I don't have to do it again?
Comment by Hemant Shesh on October 13, 2009 at 1:24pm
We have put your answers on my blog-post too!
Comment by Christine Valin on October 12, 2009 at 11:07am
Thanks Krishna. Will do. Have a nice day, Chrsitine
Comment by Dr. Krishna Kumari Challa on October 12, 2009 at 10:48am
Please send your answers to Mr. Hemant Shesh's mail ID. Please don't give them here.
hemantshesh@gmail.com is the address given by him to send your messages & answers.
Krishna
Comment by Bhaskar Hande on October 11, 2009 at 6:18pm
for more information visit www.vaishwik.com
Comment by Bhaskar Hande on October 11, 2009 at 6:16pm
rest of quetions will be publish soon coming days. I hope it won't be matter to readers
Comment by Bhaskar Hande on October 11, 2009 at 6:14pm
1. Where did your schooling in Art take place? or you have picked up painting on your own. How did you incline towards fine arts?
In 1976-1981 Sir J. J. institute of applied art Mumbai, India and 1982-84 Royal Academy of Visual Arts The Hague, The Netherlands.

2. As a student of Art, who were your contemporaries, who later became renowned artists?
At J. J. in Mumbai Atul Dodia, Sunil Gawade and others I was in Applied art section in J. J.

3. Who were your teachers during your studies? Did anyone/some ones did inspire your work at the initial stage as a student artist.
Teachers were in Mumbai like Mr Tirodkar, Mr Arjunwade Mr. Rajadhyakse Mr. Sataye. And Hans van der Lek and breesschoten , Hendriks in Holland but I inspired by many artist from film banner paintings because Before join the J. J. two/2 years I worked in Bombay film banner industrie and did my “shreeGanesha” their so I admire artist from origin. In later days I admire them all as teachers.

4. What were the major difficulties that you faces during becoming an artist and later while establishing yourself as a visual artist-in your country and then abroad.
Major difficulty was first I could not draw small size drawings on paper. Keep proportion on paper was difficult because I was drawing large scale drawings in film-banner industries. Sizes were in feet and paper was in inches. For example 20x10 feet banner first to draw then fill up with paint. So proportion was big. In art school at J.J. paper size were 20x 30 inches. Drawing inside size was difficult; it goes always out of paper. Making life studies were interesting. I was handling oil colours on banner in film industries. In J. J. school of arts I have to use poster colours for small images.
Abroad I start to paint on big canvases. At first place to express myself, difficulty to understand another language such as Dutch. Image was only communication between me and others.

5. Can you classify certain important significant landmarks in your long art-journey?
In India I was simply an artist practising painting and graphics. I had studied and practice realistic in Film banner field. Then at art academy in Mumbai I came to know the applications of art so does way of working and improvisation in technique and developing the methods are changed as per subject. So many subjects were involved as well new world of art introduced such as design, print methods and extra. Applications of art subject become more developed. While studying in Mumbai, I have worked with professionals in advertising world. I was introduced to Exhibition design and Environment Design along with architecture.

6. Who are the major artists, who have inspired you or your work and why?

Like HUSAIN, KCS Panikar, Both Tagores, Raja Ravi Verma and Gaitonde in India, Abroad Michal Angelo, Rembrandt, van Gogh, Piet Mondrian, Malevich, Mark Rothko, Kandinsky, Brancusi etc.
I like Indian artists because first to saw their original artworks then their way of working. Some of them used abstract way to express some did just work. As beginner I admit them. After European know how and inner development I can say artist who travels and lives in another culture express himself more than where he grew up. Exile, it may taken by own decision or by incident changes artist’s views about everything. In another way of saying it makes think to every step. Either way broad mind begins to become more widener.

7. Your paintings are a blend of inspirations gathered from various sources. Which culture has a greater impact on your art and why?
Because It developed universally so it is more unique. That I find more interesting. So both cultures are important to me. Freeness of person is more valuable than views of authorities. Culture is collectiveness of group that widens society. it may be contemporary or historical. But individual minds developed without boundaries of nation or cultures too. If someone takes change of place as criteria to greater impact on one’s art , I can say it help to find new ways of thinking and accepting the fact.
8. You have been underlined as a creative artist using multi-media for your various forms of expression. What has been your central concern?
Central concern is Nature. Human mind is at first place. And diversity is ever ending process to express
10. In any series of paintings you have blended the images of the East to those of the West, What was the reason thereof and how did it bridge the occidental and oriental sensibilities??
Actually in world of art , there is no east west. Its today what you see all is eastern influence on west. What is west is local development in art. What so called west is east and east is west according last two centuries in Asia and Europe. The images we see in Picasso’s art are local images. Images are drawn by him are local subjects. Art has been more social seen then individual. According twentieth century
11. What major difference do you feel between the Indian art scene today as compared to the contemporary art world of West?
Basically I am the last corner of the square where I could meet and reflect myself. I complete the square 23 years ago, after completing a 5-year academic education in Applied Arts from Mumbai, I landed in Holland to learn painting and to pursue my artistic endeavours, by adhering to the Dutch way of looking and understanding European Art at the Dutch Academy. Two years back I have invited artists who were 25 year younger than me and also college mate who was a witness to my formative years as an artist in India.
World has changed a lot according to me and around. Drastic changes have taken place. It has been changing always, no matter what the circumstances are, but speed of change is geared in a flying mood. In field of art, the methods and medium have developed a new sky-space, called cyber space. Technology innovated solutions to problems of methods and systems. Innovators served the purpose of mankind to work in better environment. Moving offices adding dramatic theatre spaces to step in. Interiors of living rooms surfaced the elements that make person feel more comfortable at home. Spiritual thirst began to seek silence in informational space. Sound and visual brought together to create another planet of neighbours. Computer unit is yours buddy and Internet connection are strings of your guitar or sitar, you google Alladdin’s lamp to enter Alibaba’s cave.
Skyscraper mushrooms in clouds and metros are running underneath cities where monuments ageing their foundation laid centuries and centuries ago. New towns emerging global prosperous cities in a short period. Developments to introduce talented methods that would implement long time solutions. Speed called Concorde has shown human disaster and called off the journey. Man seems satisfied? No. Fuel of Thirst and urge of travel brings him disastrous fields to meet his mistakes. Shall he stop to travel in circumstances of dangerous zone?
Artist himself is a fruit of evolving culture and his art is the fragrance of his creative input. Critically may be melted static object that Salvador Dali has shown in his surrealistic images speaks volumes. It is a process of societal transformation. What happens when common man travels to tourist destinations? And an artist travels to his willing destination. Need to see a new world and seeking of inspirational fields is very much in common. But eye of a artist has something different than a common man. Obtaining experience is surely not the criteria, but outcome of journey is self-education to both of them and great contribution to the society.

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