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 Chitra Ramanathan  (1955 - )

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Lived/Active: Indiana      Known for: conceptual, mixed-media abstraction

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11/07/2005
Chitra Ramanathan Press R

The Artist Chitra Ramanthan''s Successful Lecture Tour at the Royal Academy
The artist-painter Chitra Ramanathan, known for her colorful mixed-media textural large scale paintings, completed a successful lecture tour speaking about her career and painting techniques at the Royal Academy of Arts, London on October 24 and 25, 2005

(London, England)November 7, 2005 -- A professional artist and educator, Chitra Ramanathan is most known for her mixed media textural colorful mural-like abstract paintings that are often very large. Her numerous works are with private, corporate and public collections around the United States and in Europe. Chitra''s annodized aluminium and plexiglas paintings have been described as "tactile works that resonate with a quiet harmony" by Manhattan Arts New York, and "Simply Luxurious" by the Champaign-Urbana News Gazette.

Following the renovation of the Hotel Bellagio last year, two mixed media textural paintings each measuring 4 feet by six feet in dimension commissioned of Chitra Ramanthan by the MGM Mirage Design Group, painted in the artists'' signature style of abstract painting, have been permanently displayed at the entrance of the Cafe Bellagio at Las Vegas, Nevada since October 2004.

The Univeristy of Illinois College of Fine and Applied Arts'' August 2005 Publication elaborates, "Chitra''s paintings exemplify her love of nature as well as the subjectivity of each individual''s unique pursuit of happiness. Her painting procedure often entails making mental notes of a scene in nature, including the lighting, colors, and textures. She then uses these impressions in her studio to replicate the subject matter in an abstracted form, using rich physical textures, intense colors, and varied media".

Chitra received her Bachelors in Painting with Honours and her M.B.A in Museum Administration and Human Resources from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, USA. Currently Art Faculty, department of Painting, at the Indianapolis Art Center Indiana, USA, Chitra was invited by Professor Maurice Cockrill RA, to lecture at the Royal Academy of Arts London in October 2005 where she spoke about her career experiences and painting techniques to Maurice Cockrill and postgraduate art students and conducted individual student tutorials.




08/14/2005
About the Artist

Excerpts from intrview with Chitra Ramanathan
To quote from an interview with the artist: "Chitra's paintings are richly textural, and the materials she uses have a multi-dimensional effect. Chitra works with acrylic, and occasionally uses sand and oil. Her images have a floating quality to them. They are effervescent, airy and very different from the detailed miniature portraits and landscapes she painted while living in India. American culture afforded this talented artist the freedom to explore abstract art instead. She works on Plexiglas, rice paper, linen, and occasionally canvas. The Plexiglas she uses is transparent, and contains different textures. It's uneven surface holds paint in unexpected ways. By painting on both sides of the Plexiglas, the images on the backside appear to be emerging from within the painting. Rice paper and linen, also transparent, achieve similar results".


08/14/2005
About Chitra Ramanathan

The Artist Chitra Ramanathan's MGM Mirage Cafe Bellagio Commission


Chitra Ramanathan Receives Las Vegas' Hotel Bellagio Painting Commission

Chitra Ramanathan
Painting BFA (Hons)1993, MBA 1997

Following the recent renovation of the Hotel Bellagio, two large paintings by artist Chitra Ramanathan were permanently displayed in the Cafe Bellagio. Her paintings exemplify her love of nature as well as the subjectivity of each individual's unique pursuit of happiness. Her painting procedure often entails making mental notes of a scene in nature, including the lighting, colors, and textures. She then uses these impressions in her studio to replicate the subject matter in an abstracted form, using rich physical textures, intense colors, and varied media.



06/21/2004
Tara Ramanathan

Chitra Ramanathan's latest Commission
Chitra Ramanathan is currently about to begin work on a commission to create two six foot by four foot paintings in time for the completion of the MGM Mirage Bellagio Hotel's remodel of the cafe, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The works will be based on her 1998 and 2000 originals titled "A Momentary Glance" and "Coruscation"
respectively.


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