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Still life
Interestingly, the term ‘Still-Life’ itself is a contradiction, for life is never still and things in this world refuse to sit still. Perhaps the illusory glory of the realistic image perfectly painted and its implicit ageless quality accounts for its appeal in art.

Sireesha’s works ooze nostalgia for everyday affairs. Her drawings of still-life are no exception as she delineates the most mundane objects like clay pots, mats and clothes, representing with the intrinsic domesticity which is cheerful and quite positive to look at. This could be because she found a release in her art, which she preferred to keep simple.

The structured tableau of vases and flowers that evoke a feeling of calm and repose. In the painting, one encounters a scene that seems as if it is of the aftermath of revelry from a bygone era. Pots and amphorae of various sizes and shapes; a platter of flowers, and the sombre hues evoke the dark hours of the night. Painted in her hallmark expressionistic style.

‘Sireesha conjures images of what could have possibly taken place by judicious use of colour and brisk application of paint without having to delve into the narrative

Abstracts An Absence of Form
Everyday images of the abstracted domain in the art of the human form shuttle between solidity and solitary mood. Sireesha’s characters fused into the landscape of the abstracted graphics of textured terrain speak about the power of the fractional and the intended intensity of gesture.

The artist meditated chiefly on textures to create an imaginary world of incidental shapes and forms. Brilliant cohesion of saturated colours and differential divisions in a single space juxtaposes a gorgeous neo abstraction that morphs into vaguely perceptual forms. Nearby, lovingly described and softly abstracted.

Portraiture
The Identity
Portrait painting, as a genre, attempts to capture the personality and emotional state of the subject. Sireesha’s penchant to encapsulate the sheer character of a person through his/her portrait impelled him to render them with lines of distinct manner, be it angular, fluid or decorative.

Sireeshauses colour, shading and lines as a visual metaphor to bring out the visceral, yet transitory, nature of the subject in focus. By elevating the process of creativity itself, the artist compels the viewer to move beyond the image on the canvas.

This byzantine portrait rendered in Sireesha’s typical style is an accurate reflection of his involvement with the technicalities of image-making.

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