Artwork by Sripriya Mozumdar
I am Sripriya Mozumdar, an ex-marketing professional turned self-taught artist. I have been painting full time since the past 10 years and along the way have taught myself oil painting and further within that, the Old Masters technique through extensive reading, viewing and practice.
In my journey of teaching myself oil painting, I was instinctively drawn to the multi-layered techniques of the Old Dutch Painting masters and to photo-realism. Photo-realism’s focus on amplifying the image, rather than the artist speaks to my sensibilities as an artist. And I like to bring forth the inherent beauty and minute details of the mundane, rather than focusing on the hand working the piece. Me as the artist is best present in my total absence in the painted image – that is my expression, my voice. My greatest joy is when my painting is mistaken for a photograph.
My art is about humble adoration. It is my never-ending journey into the infinite. Of my attempt to discover God within the detail. My art completes me and allows me to express and further my potential, and go beyond.
Being entirely self-taught, my biggest challenge has been that each painting I work on is a new experience – and often I discover that I had made some mistakes in the early layers, which can no longer be fixed at the color layer.
Today, my challenge is taking the level of detail in my paintings to the next level, in ensuring my painting fools the eye into thinking it is a photograph even on close examination.
I want to learn the techniques of the Old Masters from professionals, to fill whatever gaps in my current understanding and thus take my practice to the next level.
I was extremely thrilled to find the Old Masters Academy because I have tried unsuccessfully to find a mentor or professional courses for the same.
Today’s art world seems to be so much about ‘self-expression’, even at the cost of artistic finesse at times. The techniques of the Old Masters, to me represent, the Classic, time-honored tradition that one must master to be able to then build on or even digress from, if one so chooses to in their artistic journey. In that sense, I am thankful to the Old Masters Academy for making available this essential building block of art education.
I would want to win the Old Masters Academy course because:
As a selection by other artists and professionals, it is a reaffirmation of my work.
Its a lifetime membership – which keeps the course flexible for me to access as and when I can and need it.
Its a huge saving of cost for me as a self-taught artist
I would like people to vote for the potential they see in my work