This is a painting by my student the distinguished Dr. Singh although around the Art Institute we know him lovingly as plain old Shivdev. Shivdev has been a student with us for years, but he is an accomplished exhibiting watercolor artist and mounting huge solo shows in Delhi, India where he is from. Shivdev works constantly at his art having retired from being a Harvard educated surgeon with more degrees than you can shake a stick at. His turban disguises a huge brain I’m sure. He is a brilliant man, fascinating to talk to, and I have recently had the pleasure to get him into my class where he is just now taking up oil painting. He has really struggled with the leap from watercolor, but this painting is a lovely example of the fruits of his labor.
A word about his name. If I have ten students in my class, I will have ten different pronunciations of his name. I really don’t understand this. It is pronounced just like it looks – SHIV – DEV. It is as if others assume it is more exotic than that. Okay class, altogether – SHIV – DEV. There. Now go home and practice it, and if you can’t get it right then Dr. Singh will do. And that is pronounced like what Celine Dione does.