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Our mission is to provide an olive branch for fledgling artists and in some cases, introduce them to those who can guide or assist them further. To this end many artists need basic support like art supplies or lessons and we look to create situations where they can get both encouragement through recognition and assistance from the expertise of fellow artists and teachers.

For others, it is to provide a showcase for their portfolios and in some cases, exhibitions. There are so many talented and committed people in the art world, who for lack of recognition or exposure are stymied or prevented from pursuing their talents.

We strive for community support and new ways of generating income for the artists by providing ways in which their talents can be recognised, such as art scholarships and exhibitions shared with other like artists or bursaries and other practical things, like instruction, etc.

Throughout time, we have heard the term “starving artist”, as this world determines the dollar and cents value of a specific commodity or practise. How many potential Rembrandt’s or Vasanthan’s or Dali’s are working in assembly lines, or doing menial labour instead of their art? How many family closets contain sketch pads full of art or canvasses left to gather dust while their creators work at “real” jobs. Their talents lost to the world? By creating recognition programmes, we give art and talent a value and re-enforce the mind-set that art is a “real job” and for some therapeutic, or a rejuvenating hobby.

The J.Vasanthan Artist-in-Residence Fellowship 2016-2017
P. GUNASEKARAN


Bio
: D.O.B: 17/01/1981

PLACE OF BIRTH: KADAMBANKULAM VILLAGE, TIRUNELVELI DISTRICT, TAMIL NADU, INDIA
SCHOOLING: HARBOUR HR.SEC SCHOOL, TUTICORIN, TAMILNADU
ARTS SCHOOL EDUCATION: B.F.A. (PAINTING), GOVT.COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, CHENNAI-600 003,       (1998- 2002), “BEST STUDENT AWARD”
M.F.A. (PAINTING), GOVT.COLLEGE OF FINE ARTS, CHENNAI-600 003,       (2005-2007), “BEST STUDENT AWARD”

WORK EXPERIENCE

PUBLISHING : WORKED AS ILLUSTRATOR IN SEVERAL TAMIL MAGAZINES
WORKING ARTIST: AT LALIT KALA AKADEMIY, CHENNAI.
TEACHING: BRIEFLY TAUGHT AT LAYOLA COLLEGE CHENNAI, RAMAKRISHNA MEDICAL COLLEGE CHENNAI, MADRAS CHRISTIAN COLLEGE CHENNAI.

GROUP SHOWS/AWARDS AND GRANTS:

1.  Three artworks selected for All India Artist Group Exhibition, Chitra Art Gallery, Bangalore
2.  Three artworks selected for all India Artist Landscape Painting group Exhibition, Shilparamam, Hyderabad-2004.
3. One Graphic Print selected for “Adohi” 25th Mini-Print International Exhibition, Barcelona-2004.
4. One work as collection at Lalit Kala Akademi, (Chennai Regional Centre), Chennai.
5. One work left at South Zone Cultural Centre, Thanjavur, Tamilnadu, India.

6. One work left at Shilparam Crafts Village, High-tech City, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.

ONE MAN SHOW:

7. “Palloza Art Gallery” Presents Painting Exhibition, Chennai-2004.
8. “State Lalit Kala Akademi” Painting Exhibition, Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai. (Chennai Regional Centre) – 2004

WORK AMONG CHILDREN

Working among underprivileged children promoting artistic self-expression since 1905

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Paying it forward

Mr. Gunasekaran, the recipient of The JV Artist-in-Residence Fellowship 2016-2017, travels to schools and community centres, to many remote parts of South India to spread his message of hope. He goes from town to town, wherever children are gathered, and offers free art classes and education to children – a subject that’s outside the regular curriculum of school courses such as reading and arithmetic.  His incredible patience and good nature has won people’s trust and often a place into their spartan homes and their simple lives.

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