A Farrago of Paintings by Shashi Tharoor !

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Shahsi Tharoor tweets “This amazing painting by Swapna Augustine from Pothanicad, Kerala rewards a close&attentive gaze. The artist has no hands &paints with her toes.” and tweets two photos along with it.
Although the intention of the tweet by Shashi Tharoor is noble, praising great paintings by Swapna Augustine who was born without arms and paints with her mouth and legs but the painting he claims to be of Swapna is wrong.

Swapna Augustine is a member of “Mouth & Foot Painting Artists

DOB: 21st January 1975
Place of Birth: Pothanicad, Kerala
Painting Style: Foot painter
Member of MFPA since: 1999
Nationality: India

“Swapna Augustine was born in Kerala, without both her arms. However, even as a child, she made a habit of performing all tasks, including painting and drawing, with her feet. As her talent for art was soon discovered, her parents and teachers gave her the necessary support and encouragement to continue painting when she was only a schoolgirl. Her paintings were published in students’ newsletters and youth magazines. Swapna has participated in several group exhibitions in India. She has been a member of MFPA since 1999. ” – IMPFA.com 



The Painting, tweeted by Shashi Tharoor is made by a painter, Oleg Shupliak from Ukraine. He is known for his such paintings with optical illusions

Oleg Shupliak’s optical illusions will compel you to stare at them for a long time, not because of how brilliantly they are created, but because what each illusion contains. Concealed within the beautiful surroundings of nature, hides a picture of a face.

At times, the face of a person is so craftily hidden that finding it may prove difficult for some. Do not give up. Keep staring at the picture, and you will see a face transform before your eyes. If it were not for Oleg Shuplyak’s creative mind, his talents of molding art into neatly created illusions would have been lost to us.

Oleg Shuplyak:  The Master of Faces 
Oleg Shupliak, a student of architecture, was born in the Ukraine on September 23, 1967. He enrolled at the Lviv Polytechnic Institute to study architecture, which was secondary to his first love—painting.

It was at the institute where he learned to compose pictures and articulately position images inside it.  In his free time, he began to create oil paintings, drawing famous faces inside it. His unique approach branded him as one of the most accomplished and famous illusionists of our time.

The Hidden Secrets of Shupliak’s Oil Paintings
Do you wonder what went through Shuplyak’s mind when he first sat down to create his very first oil painting? Did the idea of creating a second layer on top of the first just come to him one day? Who knows! All we know is that he gave us mesmerizing optical illusions that play with our minds.

His brilliance in creating not one, but two pictures is astounding. It is as if he has created a two in one oil painting. The artist is well known for placing a second image behind the characters, objects, coloring, and objects of the first image. From the first image, protrudes a second image of famous people such as Zeus, Uncle Sam, Charles Darwin, John Lennon, and more. The conniving artist loves to play with the viewer’s mind, confusing them further.

Shupliak’s Mind Tricks 
In some of his oil paintings, the second image is clearly visible. It is so visible that the first image gets lost, which results in the viewers trying to place the first image in their mind. The artist really befuddles with our minds with his unique conception of images. In the instance the second image is not visible, squint your eyes and move back until you can see it.

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