By Siddharth Sivakumar
An edited version of this article appeared in 'Art and Deal', Issue 60, Volume 9, No. 29, June 2013
The last time I received a picture-book, was way back in 1999. It was a present on my seventh birthday. I never imagined, at twenty, I would still be so delighted in being presented with a set of picture-books. The books were illustrated by the noted artist A. Ramachandran. Although I was quite familiar with his paintings and sculptures, his expertise as a writer and illustrator of children’s book was unknown to me. Looking at the picture-books, I realised, he is particularly cautious not to impose his own artistic language while illustrating books. The vibrant colours and images of his books which are unusual and beautiful beyond the restrains of reality, inspired me to follow his journey as an illustrator and trace the picture books to the artist’s ideas and ideals.