To Top

Check out Mohan Sundaresan’s Artwork

Today we’d like to introduce you to Mohan Sundaresan.

Mohan, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
I was born in India in 1945. Moved to London after high school in the mid 60’s where I led a carefree life doing odd jobs by day and hanging around the pubs.

After spending 5 years in London, I moved to Austria to work with my cousin in the fashion business. I learned to work with colors and designs. I met a girl from California whose father worked in the embassy in Vienna and we got married and had a son.

In 1989 I moved to San Diego and have lived here since. I made my living doing remodeling and maintenance work around La Jolla. In 1999 my cousin who is an artist suggested that I try painting. That is how I got my start and it has been a great ride. Cutting up paintings and weaving them together is what I do now.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
My art is an obsession. I live for it; not off it. My time, when I am not doing odd jobs, eating and sleeping, is spent working on the latest piece. I started painting late in life and realized that is what I wanted to do for the remainder of my life.

Inspirations are many. Childhood memories, of living in India and the people who influenced me, play a big part in my creative thinking. Every day, flowers, stars, the ocean, and nature in general leave impressions in my mind. The state of the world today affects what thoughts are in my brain when I am painting.

The sphere, which is present in all my work, represents a gem. We are all born with a gem inside us that needs to be polished. No one is better than another.

Each of my productions start out as two parts. Often they are pieces of large paintings that I made years ago that I am recycling. Nothing goes to waste. I turn each painting face down and cut it into strips. Next, the paintings are hand woven together around a sphere that is embedded in the piece. When I turn the finished weave over, I see my surprise.

When people ask me what the piece means and I tell them “it is all in there”.

Have things improved for artists? What should cities do to empower artists?
Today it is all about the money. Galleries are in business to sell art. Unless an artist is known, it is very difficult to get represented by a gallery.

With the internet and social media it has become easier for artists to get their work out and seen by many people. However, there is more competition than ever. Original art is very difficult to find, since there are a lot of artists who have been trained by other artists. Their work reflects the art of the teacher.

Cities could open up the public museums and libraries to more art exhibitions by local artists. Parks and playgrounds could be used for art shows and let the artists exhibit for no charge.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
Some of my work is on display at The Jeff Mitchum Gallery on Girard Avenue, La Jolla.

My studio is on Genter Street in La Jolla and visitors are always welcome. To arrange a time, call 858-692-7397. My manager lives in Las Vegas and has a lot of my artwork there. Call Steve at 702-343-5263 for an appointment. You can buy direct and save.

Contact Info:

Image Credit:
JDixx Photography, La Jolla

Getting in touch: SDVoyager is built on recommendations from the community; it’s how we uncover hidden gems, so if you know someone who deserves recognition please let us know here.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

More in