Born in Mysore, Kamalesh is a master of many artistic mediums: from water colours to oil-on-canvas to portraiture. However, he is best known for his exquisite illustrations of historical monuments. His latest work, commissioned by Brigade Group, is featured in the 2003 calendar.
The magic of Kamalesh's sketches lies in his ability to recreate ambience and architecture with equal felicity. His dimensional accuracy and perspective are faultless, though he never uses any measuring devices. Nor does he ever erase a line he has drawn. Each illustration is completed at one sitting, at the site.
Kamalesh's use of white spaces enhances settings and lends scale and perspective to the subject he is covering.
With many honours to his credit, Kamalesh has served as artist, researcher, teacher and art consultant. He has held exhibitions and one-man shows all over India. His sketches and paintings have been acquired by several organisations in India, and in private collections in the USA, UK, Germany and the former Soviet Union.
The Bangalore Palace
Tipu's Palace, Chamarajapet
THE BRV DSC, Cubbon Road
Someswara Temple, Ulsoor
The 11-foot high Basava at the Bull Temple, Basavanagudi
The Gavi Gangadhareswara Temple, Gavipuram
The watchtower at Kempambudhi Tank, one of four such towers built by Kempe Gowda
The Attara Kacheri, Cubbon Park, home of the High Court of Karnataka
The Glass House, Lalbagh
St Mary's Basilica, Shivajinagar
A rear-view of the Seshadri Iyer Memorial Hall (the State Central Library), Cubbon Park
Sir Puttannachetty Town Hall, J.C. Road