a painting by
MOHAN SUNDARESAN | Handyman + Artist
This piece is made from two canvasses, which I colored with acrylic paint. Then, I cut each canvas into shapes and strips, and wove them together around a sphere. The sphere, which is present in all my work, represents the gem within us all. This weave incorporates newborn and unborn babies, as well as other figures. My inspiration for this piece, and all of my pieces, comes from nature. When I am walking my dog along the coast I see people, waves, flowers, the sunset. Certain things stick in my brain. When I get back to my studio I put these things on canvas.
“Fathoms” (front view)
29″h x 38″w
“Fathoms” (back view, detail)
“We are all born with a gem inside us that needs to be polished. No one is better than another.”
Handyman + Artist
Mohan was born in Bangalore, India in 1945. He comes from a family of painters, sculptors, musicians and dreamers, who could not afford toys, so they made their own. After high school in 1962, Mohan moved to London, living a carefree life doing odd jobs, which he still does today.
Mohan moved to Austria in 1968 to work with his cousin in the textile business. He started designing and sewing and found that he really enjoyed working with colors. After 16 years in Austria, Mohan moved to San Diego to be with his young son and wife. He began painting apartments and doing some interior remodeling. From there he started experimenting with different mediums and surfaces. Painting became an obsession and a necessity of life to him, like food.
Since 1987 Mohan has been living in La Jolla, California, where he spends much of his time working in his studio creating new works of art. He was inspired by the artists William Turner and Zao Wou-ki, and the music of Miles Davis and Jimi Hendrix.
In 2011 Mohan did a solo exhibition at the La Jolla Historical Society, where he donated one of his paintings for a fundraising raffle. He has exhibited in local shows and his art hangs in corporate lobbies in San Diego. His art is presently being exhibited in The Jeff Mitchum Gallery, La Jolla, California.