Suriyamoorthy is an artist in a league of his own. He is a one-man movement creating ripples in the art world with a unique process and procedure in place. His colors and pigments are entirely created by him from scratch. For starters, he uses the waters of the holy rivers of India – the Brahmaputra, the Ganges, the Godavari, the Krishna, and the Cauvery and also the Abhishekam* waters from various temples for his paintings.
When his father who was a Siddha practitioner passed away, the medicines were falling into disuse. Suriyamoorthy began to mix the various medical ingredients to achieve the colors he wanted. He also ground up sea shells to derive white, took natural gum and bark of the trees in his garden for other colors. These handmade colors mixed with the waters of the holy rivers and temples that he collects are the only things that make their way into his paintings. His formula for each color took him many years to perfect. His formula pigments, he assures, will retain their qualities of color and brightness for more than half a century.
Suriyamoorthy is also one artist to not have followed any old master or any –isms of the art world. The genuineness of his works leaps out at the viewer and appeals in a way like none other.
He has been a student of Government College of Arts and Crafts (Chennai), has been a State Lalit Kala Akademi scholar, National Scholar at the MS University, Baroda, has been a recipient of Senior Fellowship from Department of Culture, Government of India and Sri SH Daya Fellowship, Mumbai.
He has to his credit more than forty-seven prestigious awards from national and international organizations, international solo and group exhibits. His works are collections at various museums, fine arts academies and even the archaeological department of Tamil Nadu.
*Abhishekam is the bathing ritual of Hindu deities
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He did a Government Certificate in Drawing in Tanjavur, then earned a GD First Class, First Rank from the Government College of Arts and Crafts, Chennai. From 1963-5 Suriyamoorthy was a State Lalit Kala Akademi Scholar, then from 1965-68, he was a National Scholar at MS Baroda University under KG Subramanian and M. Jyothi Bhat.
1998 International Art Exhibition, Romania
1995 18th International Exhibition of Prints, Kannagana
1994 International Poster Exhibition, Mexico
1993-4 Biennale Van De Kleingratiek, Sinj-Niklas
1992 3rd Biennale International Pastel Exhibition, Paris
1990 International Association of Art, UNESCO, New Zealand
1987, 1991 & 1993, International Biennale, Bulgaria
1994, 1995 & 1997 International Biennale, Bulgaria
1985 International Collectors' Art Exhibition in Spain
1999 International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, England
1994 All India Kalidas Exhibition, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh
1992 First Indian Drawing Biennale, Chandigarh
1991-2 Sri SH Daya Fellowship, Mumbai
1989-91 Senior Fellowship, Govt of India, Department of Culture
1989 Christian Association of Asia, Japan
1965 Governor's Award, Uttar Pradesh
Many other awards over the years from various organizations throughout India.
National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi
Lalit Kala Akademi, New Delhi
Lalit Kala Akademi, Chennai
Academy of Fine Arts, Calcutta
Government Museum, Chandigarh
Tamilnadu Archaeological Department
Government Museum, Chennai
Government Museum, Hyderabad
Chitra Kala Parishad, Bangalore