Piece description from the artist
I think dreams provide a lot of inspiration for artists. To make this painting, I used bright green, orange, copper and a plethora of textural materials to portray my happy dreams. When this painting was one among sixteen others selected for a solo show at the Indian River County Courthouse in Florida, a visitor remarked to me that this painting was an identical replica of a dream he had had! This person was an attorney, so I wonder what the connection was!
There has been no looking back for contemporary visual artist Chitra Ramanathan since 1995 when the artist’s career debuted with solo and group exhibitions of her paintings at different venues including Agora Gallery on Broadway, New York City. Noticed by art critics for her concept and originality, her name and art were featured in different art publications including Manhattan Arts Magazine.
Ramanathan's unique, intuitive style of painting is distinct with her treatment of fresh, bright colors executed with rapid brush strokes. Often combined with varied intricately interwoven textural materials interwoven into the paint rather than mere stand-alone collages, her work visually creates the aura of extending beyond their two-dimensional surfaces, frequently created in expansive scale, or as multi-paneled works with the concept of happiness and expression of joy, the theme of her ongoing body of work. They have been featured in venues including courthouses, hotels and prominent solo and group exhibitions or as specific commissioned projects. Her numerous originals have been acquired by private and business clients, auctions, and site-specific public art commissions including an installation of a pair of custom-created paintings at the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas in 2004 invited by MGM Resorts International.
Recent private commissions include a recently completed commission request by a private client in Dayton area, Ohio to create pair of paintings identically measuring 7 feet high by 3.4 feet wide that was completed in July 2020. In 2016, a three-paneled painting was commissioned by the CEO of Biaggis chain of restaurants in Bloomington, Illinois, and a 5 feet wide X 3 feet high commissioned piece for a private client in Boston, MA in 2018.
An award-winning child artist growing up in India, Ramanathan earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting with honors in 1993 and M.B.A in 1997 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Publications of Chitra Ramanathan's biography and images have been featured in Askart.com, Luxury Real Estate Magazine, the Internet Movie Database (IMDB), Who’s Who in America, International Contemporary Artists, Vol 1., the Indianapolis Business Journal, Indianapolis Monthly Home Magazine, Miami Art Scene Magazine in 2018, and the Art Guide Mag's Artist Directory in 2020.
In recognition of her uniqueness and experience, Ramanathan was invited as Visiting Artist by the Head of the Royal Academy of Arts, London UK in 2005. for a visual presentation and student critiques at the Royal Academy of Arts Schools.