M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal Drawing Woman 1964 (#19)
This is a series of charcoal drawings on buff paper signed by the artist M. Suriyamoorthy and dated 1.9.64. Shown here is one of his early charcoal drawings on buff paper of a woman, and a man’s face. Framed in glass this measures 4 x 3 feet. Hailing from Tamil Nadu this prolific artist Suriyamoorthy was born in 1944.
Almost all his paintings and artworks are fascinating to the point of being mesmerized by their unusual appearance. Suriyamoorthy claimed to have evolved a unique style of his own, which is evident in his charcoal drawings and other artworks. See posts on M. Suriyamoorthy. He was a prolific painter till his death in 2012.
He had a remarkable method of formulating colors from natural resources like seashells, barks of trees, gums from tree trunks, and so on. This may be one of the reasons his paintings stand out from the rest. He derived his own distinct style of women being centralized in most of his art. His paintings and art have won many awards in India and abroad.
Art galleries and museums in Europe and America exhibited Suriyamoorthy’s artworks. Some museums abroad also own his paintings and other artworks. On a lighter note, he had his eccentricities too. To evade being thrown into jail for striking a policeman while drunk, he was asked to feign mental illness by his lawyer. This eventually landed him in a mental institution, he spent his time there painting in secrecy. Read more about this artist here. Click on the photo for better view.