As a tribute to one of India's greatest painters, Raja Ravi Verma, and his painting "A Galaxy of Musicians," Indian artist Greg Fernandes created a series of paintings that feature iconic Bollywood, Hollywood and Chinese actresses.
"India’s first movie 'Raja Harishchandra' opens with a scene of a tableaux patterned on the painting by Varma. Hence, I thought it would be fitting to pay a tribute to Varma and Bollywood combined," Greg Fernandes told BuzzFeed India in a message.
Fernandes has been painting the series for the past 6 years. Each painting is 5 to 6 feet wide and initially took about 8 to 9 months to finish but now gets done in a month and half.
I wanted to show that a painting can cross cultures, languages, people, musical instruments, songs, movies, attires, eras, et al. It's how you, as a viewer interpret it. Every painting in this world is 'worth a thousand paintings.'