The Soul of my Art
I paint my subject as he gets in touch with his inner self. Whenever one looks at my painting, I want him to answer this question: What does it mean to be a person historically, experientially and personally? The viewer has to go beyond the surface and reflect on what he sees so as to arrive at a deeper understanding of the human psyche. This is the foremost reason why I do not render my subject based on the usual standards of rendering it; symbolism always being an integral part of my work. Philosopher Descartes says "I think therefore I am." In my paintings, I say " I think and I feel therefore I am." Painting my subject is not a matter of duplicating an image but capturing his very essence, his soul on canvas.