President's Address

Extract of speech given via videolink

 

Prize-giving ceremony held at Santhome Higher Sec. School, July 26th, 2014.

“ (…) I wish, first of all , to thank you for your interest in this new and promising event that we called "My Way ".

Arts reflect Education but more importantly Civilization. Each Society, from as far as we know in mankind, has expressed its history, its feelings, its fears, its way of life, its traditions, through pictures, paintings, drawings, etc.

It all started with rock painting by cavemen wherever, in Egypt, in Europe or elsewhere. Whether in the caves, or on clay pottery, bronze or stone, they witness lifestyle. They have an immense value not only historical but artistically. And each one is a milestone for any Society.

Any form of drawing or painting or carving, shows the trends and evolution of mankind. For centuries they represented reality but progressively allowed the artists to express their fantasies and then came abstraction.

Men did not only show what they saw, but gave the twist of their imagination, of their dreams, and famous paintings nowadays might even reflect only a concept and no longer what we see or imagine.

I cannot think that as we have now initiated this cultural process, that we would not pursue. Obviously, drawings and paintings require some techniques which can be taught. But also, as I alluded to, previously, some knowledge , of our history which does no longer , in an open world such as the one we live in, belong to one Country or one civilization , but is part of the huge patchwork of human beings from their origin up to now.

"My Way" opens widely the door of an unknown world to our students. We have to give them access to this knowledge, enhance their artistic capacities through lessons, Internet and exhibits.  Some may be more gifted than others, but this should not prevent anyone to try at least.

The best will be awarded prices, but those who will complete a drawing will have achieved something unique which should allow them to know themselves better and become better humans. 

Art is also part of Education and thus the Foundation will support other contests with your help (…) “

 

Click here to view the video of this speech, relayed via video link.

 

The Winners

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Their Paintings

The National Jury

 

S. MURUGESAN

Mr. S. Murugesan is a Chennai based sculptor who graduated in Advanced Painting and Fine Arts in the Government College of Arts and Crafts in Chennai (1955). He served as principal in 1992 Kumbakonam and Madras Arts college. He has more than five decades of experience in the field of Sculpture, executing it in materials as stone, wood and bronze. In stone, he has worked with sculpture in round, in relief, as well as mural relief sculpture. Recently, he has executed his art with bronze and granite, has indulged in experimenting with digital art and continues to be passionate about Drawings and Painting.

A. VISWAM

Mr. A. Viswam obtained his Diploma in Painting from Government College of Arts & Craft, Kumbakonam in 1974 and Post Diploma in Painting from Government College of Arts & Crafts Madras in 1978. He has been the founder member of Pallava Artist Village in Padappai, member of Contemporary Painters & Writers Association Salem and secretary Indo-Russian art academy in Chennai. Mr. A. Viswam has held Exhibitions between 1979-2011 in Bhubaneshwar, Kolkata, New Delhi, Mumbai and Chennai. Group shows were held between 1983-2011 in Chennai, Bangalore, Salem, Trichy, Mumbai, Singapore, Austin, Texas , Edinburgh and Malaysia. Mr. A. Viswam has also received numerous honors, which include 1995 National Award, Lalit Kala Academy, New Delhi and All India Fine Arts & Crafts Society Award for 50th year of art in Independence India in 1997 in Chennai.

The International Jury

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