Oman painted from thousands of miles away

From his home in Australia, he has seen photos of the Sultanate and fell in love with the country’s abundant natural gifts and rich vibrant culture. Even from a thousand miles away, his love for the unique splendours of Oman led him to putting how he felt into canvas creating beautiful paintings of a country he hasn’t even visited yet.
He has finally come to Oman to experience it for himself and see the reality he only imagined.
Sedunath Prabhakar is a versatile artist with a unique vision, who although at ease with all mediums of paint, prefers acrylic over others to express himself and what he sees around him.
Sedu is on a short visit to the Sultanate as part of the Oman Society for Fine Arts (OSFA) initiative to showcase some of the more aesthetic portrayals of this country.

“It was a love at first sight with the Sultanate of Oman — the stunning features of which I saw sitting in Melbourne where I live. For an artist, it’s very important to colour the dreams and sights that come along his way”, Sedu said.
“And here I am with a vast collection of the myriad of images of the Sultanate, thanks to my friend Ramesh who runs Alpha Events here,” he added.
Sedu’s works were brought to the attention of the Indian Embassy in the Sultanate by Ramesh who was thrilled to see a variety of bespoke versions of Oman on canvas.
“I was excited to see Sedu’s works in all mediums of art that portrayed Oman in all its hues and colours that prompted me to find some ways that they are displayed here in Muscat,” Ramesh said.
Sedu has a number of feathers under his hat and some among them being the rare recognition of exhibiting his master strokes at prestigious galleries across the globe. He is the first Indian- Australian to hold an exhibition at the Victorian Parliament in Australia.
He was thrown to the limelight when he endeavoured to draw all fifty leaders of Australia on a single 50-metre canvas, a work that required several months of hard work and dedication.
Sedu’s ability to portray human form with utmost magical sensitivity and subtle tones has been widely acclaimed. He prefers to paint in acrylic and oil.
For Sedu, who is proud of his own culture and heritage, said that there are many things that connect Oman and India together.
“Oman and India share some close relations in terms of cultural exchange. For example, traditional Omani sport, camel racing can be found in Rajasthan which is home for some of the best known deserts of the world,” he said.
He added, “Pottery too is a tradition in these two countries. What more, the traditional ornaments making is pursued by lots of women in India just as Omani women do. Above all, the way modernity stands hand in hand with ancient times and the keenness of Omani government to preserve the traditional values and monuments even after chasing modernity is laudable.”
A glimpse of Sedu’s remarkable palette on the cultural, social and political spectrum of Oman and India will be on display at the Omani Society for Fine Arts, opening on November 7, 2017 and ending on November 13, 2017. It will be opened by Abdulmonem al Hasani, Minister of Information, Sayyid Faisal bin Turki al Said and a number of other dignitaries in attendance.
The exhibition is also dedicated to celebrate the 47th National Day of Oman.
Making good use of his time in Oman, Sedu will also be organising a four-day workshop from November 8-13 from 9 am to 12 pm. Aspiring painters interested to participate in the workshop may register their names directly with Omani Fine Arts Society (telephone: 24694969).
A batch of 15-20 painters will be selected by Omani Fine Arts Society. Materials will be provided at the venue.
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