I'm pleased to reproduce some of the comments received for the Portrait of M.S, when it was posted in
facebook by my friend Bred-Well Kannan who shoot the painting.
Mahalakshmi Balasubramanian: MS ammavai paarppadhu polave ulladhu... Hats off Prasanna sir.
Thanks Well-bred Kannan for sharing this picture!
Geetha Nathan: Exellent. I can't believe my eyes.God will bless him
Sriram Krishnan (Australia): omg! so vibrant and seems like MS Amma is in front of us...Kudos to the brilliant Artist !!
Rama Ravi: So beautiful and so accurate in its details. Stunning!! Love it. Congrats to your friend on his painting
of this legend. His fingers are magical! Awesome!!!
Lakshmi Krishnan (Dubai): Amazing.great.
Chandrasekaran Iyer: This painting is too good to be ignored. I have made a single page calendar for 2014 in PDF
form with this painting. If you want you can message me your email id or contact me in my email id ksekaran1958
" You have done a wonderful job"
- Comment by Governor, H.E. Surjit Singh Barnala for the portrait of APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India.
commissioned by him for Raj Bhavan.
*Wow your portraits are very nice"
- Debra Kayat
* Hello, Prasanna Kumar! Your work is wonderful!
- Katerina Goro Khova (Russia)
* I found your work was inspiring.You have such a wonderful imagination!
I'm a Japanese artist and warmly invite you to have a look at my gallery."
- Hiroko Sakai (Japan)
* Your work really touched the heart. Congrats!
-Harris Invas Khan
Great technique, accomplished work.
I invite you to visit my galleryand examine my art.
I hope it appeals to you."
*Really nice to see your paintings and i really
admired on those paintings...
"Excellent painting Sir. All your portraits are too good to
inspire us.Thank you." Soori Moorthy
Sincere congratulations to the wonderful portraits !!!
"Really enjoyed looking at the paintings, all of them are really good."
- Ashvini Ponnappa
The portrait of my grand daughter (Adithi) was well received by her parents here.
I wish to convey my appreciation of your oil painting skills. Such skills are God-given
only to a few. I wish you all the best in your future efforts.
- Ramakrishnan (USA)
I wish you the best in your paintings. They are very nice and I admire your work.
- Mary Rose, leading portrait artist in U.S
Hi sir, your artworks are marvelous. Just wondered how gracefully u have done all the portraits.
Became a fan of u. U are an example of encouragement to upcoming artists like me..
-L. Nirmal Kumar, Chennai
It was a real treat to view all ur paintings . All of them come alive. Greetings and Pranams from a simple
admirer- V ENKATARAMAN
Photo is very nice.I am so happy that I will be able to see the original painting soon and display it proudly in our
home. Even though it took two years and many health hurdles on your part, I am truly grateful for your efforts
from start to finish. They paid off. You should be very proud of your skill of art. - Dr. SHIELA SUBRAMANIAM (U.S)
A RARE TRIBUTE TO A GREAT LEADER
I take great pleasure in presenting the article as below copied from a website.
What a wonderful tribute to a great leader and to the art of portrait painting!
Great idea indeed by the British prime minister Mr. Gordon Brown. As a portrait
artist my thanks to the prime minister for this great idea and my congratulations
to the portrait artist Mr. Richard Stone. In fact, this had happened a few years back.
at the £100,000 portrait Brown ordered as a lasting
A portrait of Margaret Thatcher, commissioned by Gordon Brown as his personal tribute
to her achievements, is to be unveiled in Downing Street next month.
The stunning work by Richard Stone, one of the world’s leading portrait artists, is revealed
for the first time today by The Mail on Sunday.
The painting, which is not yet finished, depicts the Iron Lady at the height of her powers
just after the Falklands War in 1982.
Centre stage: The unfinished depicts the Iron Lady at the height of her powers
Mr Brown told Lady Thatcher he intended to commission the painting when he invited her to tea at No10 in September 2007,
shortly after he succeeded Tony Blair. She told him she was ‘honoured’.
The portrait is to be hung in perpetuity in her former No10 study, unofficially known as the Thatcher Room, which Mr Brown
uses for meetings with foreign dignitaries.
It is the first painting of a former Prime Minister ever to be commissioned by Downing Street. Even more remarkably, it will be
the only painting of any Prime Minister in No10.
Photographs – or photographs of prints – of all former Prime Ministers are hung on the staircase, but there are no original
paintings of any of them in the building.
Mr Brown’s decision to commission the £100,000 painting has provoked an angry Labour backlash. One Left-wing MP
said last night that the move defied belief.
Gordon Brown: The Prime Minister commissioned the work
The MP added: ‘Maggie Thatcher is the devil incarnate to many of our supporters who remember how she destroyed t
the unions and put our people on the dole. Gordon Brown may have forgotten that. Some of us haven’t.’
Downing Street says no public money has been spent on the portrait and the cost is to be met by an anonymous donor.
Mr Stone says he does not know who is footing the bill.
Mr Brown not only commissioned the work but has taken a keen interest in its progress and where it should be displayed.
He asked Mr Stone how the picture was progressing when they met at a 90th birthday party for Nelson Mandela in London
Mr Brown and Lady Thatcher, who is now a frail 83-year-old, agreed the painting
should show her at her peak.
Postman’s son Mr Stone has painted the Queen, the Queen Mother, Nelson Mandela and Nancy Reagan among a host of
world figures and celebrities. He said: ‘This is the most important painting I have ever been asked to do. It is intended to be
a classic, historic portrait and will remain in Downing Street for ever. It is an extraordinary act of homage by the Prime Minister.’
In order to portray Lady Thatcher at her peak, Mr Stone studied thousands of photographs, as well as conducting the
customary sittings. The 57-year-old artist says
Lady Thatcher’s looks improved as she got into her stride in No 10.
‘She has a beautiful bone structure which became more defined and chiselled. You can see the steeliness and intelligence
in her eyes and the inner confidence that came from personal strength. There is no doubt she was affected by the rigours
of office. Her style got better too, with more tailored outfits and less fussy blouses.’
Mr Stone says the portrait is intended to be timeless. ‘It is not supposed to be freeze-framed. She was influenced by the
power-dressing fashion of the day, for example. But I did not want it to look too Eighties. I want her to be centre stage,
not her clothes.
'All pictures are a story, they need to have a beginning, a middle and an end. The eye needs to move from the handbag,
sweep up towards the body and come to rest on her face.’
Richard Stone, in his studio, with the photographs that guide him
Lady Thatcher had her own requests. ‘She said that when she looks in a camera she narrows her eyes and asked if in
the portrait they could be opened a little more than photographs usually show.’
A stickler for detail, she chose the jewellery and even the buttons she is shown wearing. ‘She always gets her buttons
from the same shop in New York,’ Mr Stone said.
And she wanted her trademark handbag to be included, though as yet, it appears only in outline.
Mr Stone is keen to stress the painting is still a ‘work in progress.’ He says: ‘I want to refine parts, give it a feeling of
greater dimension and work on other aspects. It is nowhere near finished, but everything is on schedule for next