Ghanesh Das, A Pair of Pears

Ghanesh Das, A Pair of Pears, acrylic on canvas, 22.9 x 30 cm, $250

1. Tell us about the artwork you have in the VAM 2011 Juried Show.

… I was interested in submitting a simple still life image to illustrate my abilities in composition, paint rendering and the play of light on the subject of this “pair of pairs.” A Pair of Pears was influenced and composed by real pears as well as various images of still life art that I have seen.

It took me quite a while to create it, as the painting process involves the technique of “glazing”  – thin layers of transparent paint laid over each other to create the illusion of light and depth. I find this piece striking
probably because of the interpretation and relationship of light and dark and the effect of light on the subject

2. How and when did you first become interested in creating art?

…all my life…

I grew up in London, England and took art in high school
Then I moved to Toronto, Canada and continued taking art in high school (Monarch Park Collegiate) and Etobicoke School of the Arts
Eventually, I studied and graduated from The Ontario College of Art and Design.

I am currently working in the graphic arts and design profession and
a part time student at Toronto School of Art.

3. What do you think of the art scene in Mississauga? Where do you see it heading in the next ten years?

…it seems quite dynamic and forward reaching. Very diverse and community focused.

4. What advice would you give young people who want to become artists?

…believe in yourself, love what you do and keep at it…. Oh, some good luck and financial help is always a good bonus!

5. What do you have lined up after the VAM Juried Show? For people interested in finding more of your artwork, do you have a website, blog, Twitter account or gallery?

…many and various art shows and charity art auctions in the Toronto area and a few internationally

…website coming soon

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See Ghanesh Das’ A Pair of Pears at the Art Gallery of Mississauga in the VAM 33rd Annual Juried Show until February 26th.

Voting for People’s Choice Award ongoing until February 26th. Ballots available at Gallery reception.

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