B. 1940

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Chameli Ramachandran strikes a distinct note in Indian art. She transmutes her keen observation of nature to a meditative study through her sensitive, fluid brushwork. The flower
studies and the landscapes that she has done over the years bear testimony to her singular approach to natural objects and scenes. Chameli Ramachandran has painted lotuses, peonies, chrysanthemums, carnations, lilies and other unnamed flowers, many of these flowers she studied while she went for her winter sojourn to Toronto. But she moves beyond naturalistic botanical studies, into a subliminal level of contemplation. She transforms an individual flower into an almost abstract form, while keeping their delicate texture and translucent hues to capture the flower’s lightness. Many of these flowers like the lotus, chrysanthemum and peony have had a long history of representation in Asian art, which she recalls as she develops her compositions. Her response to nature has been shaped by her Chinese heritage and her growing up in Rabindranath Tagore’s Santiniketan. She continues to work from her residence in New Delhi.

The artist lives and works in New Delhi.