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Original World Culture Painting by Uma Ramakrishnan | Abstract Expressionism Art on Paper | Futility

Updated: Dec 1

Artist: Uma Ramakrishnan

Original Created: 2001

Subjects: World Culture

Materials: Paper

Styles: Abstract, Conceptual, Modern, Fine Art

Mediums: Oil

Print: Oil on Paper

Size:20 W x 26.3 H x 1 D in

Frame: Brown

Ready to Hang: Not applicable

Packaging: Ships in a Box



Does anyone win a war?


There is a river of blood flowing in the center of the painting, but the earth is parched and covered with dead bodies. It is as if the tributaries of the river of blood are forming the shape of the piled up dead bodies.

This painting is also about the wastage in war where no one stands to gain. There can be no victory. There is a mother saving her child, but what are we leaving for this next generation? Only hatred and destruction.

This war is being fought on horseback suggesting that war is not new. Wars have been fought through the ages and precious lives have been lost.


The painting has been done largely using the knife technique. There is no drawing.


Hope there will be a world without wars, as I believe there can be no victory in war. I wish the viewers of this painting agree with me.


Beige colored Matt mount and a thin medium brown wooden frame with non-reflecting glass.

Short Bio (Written by Artist):


I was born in Chennai which was then called Madras and brought up in Bombay, now Mumbai.

All the diverse cultures in India come together in Mumbai and I grew up in that mixed culture absorbing the essence of ‘Indian-ness’, whether it is in the clothes I wear or the language I speak or the designs I create. I call it the fusion culture and it is reflected in my art.

In Mumbai, the over-crowded city, I could see how different cultures co-existed and complimented each other. In my art too styles co-exist.

Though there will always be an underlying similarity in my art, I leave that part to the discerning eye of art lovers to explore and discover.


My works are about my experiences in life and my interpretation of it, be it a dream, a thought or even words and phrases. I can resort to experiments too to satisfy my curious mind.

Some of my subjects are elements of nature, the sea, relationships like parent and child, self-portrait, interpretations of my dreams, dance forms, stones, war, emotions etc.

My subjects border on the philosophical and at times touch the spiritual. I vary my style to suit the topic. If need be, I switch to abstract too as I love the intrigue that abstracts afford.

I do not use any visual references for my concept based art. It comes from deep within or from my own doodles.

For Landscapes, I either sketch on the spot or make use of my own photographs of the place.

When I paint, I am deeply lost, engrossed, in thought and one with the subject. I paint alone in the peace and silence of my home cum studio.

I like my audiences to interpret my art in their own way and tell me what they see and feel in it. I love it if the viewer is drawn deep into the work and sees something more each time.

My favourite historical artists are Vincent Van Gogh and Salvador Dali.

I have been asked by some if I draw my Inspiration from Chagall and there are those who think there is an influence of Wassily Kandinsky.

But I personally have no take on that. I leave it to my audiences to decide.

As for myself, once I have the subject in mind, my hands automatically move in tune with the thought and that’s all that matters to me.


Sometimes, inspired by the paintings, I write poetry too, often as explanations to the artwork.


Experimenting with medium and materials is always exciting for me and so is the mixing of two mediums in one canvas.

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