Having been a professionally-trained mechanical engineer before receiving his formal training in painting, an enormous sense of perseverance and an undaunted desire to ‘search’ via art, are what truly made P. Gnana the significant creator he is today. In the early days of his career as an artist (about thirteen years ago), Gnana was almost entirely drawn towards figurative rendition that was enhanced by his undeniable strength in creating colours that were appetising to the art-hungry. Then, there came a phase whereby he decided to discard figurative expression as he realised a spiritual challenge in pursuing abstraction in his artworks. “Can I express what I want to, without figures?” was the question that lured him to the unfathomable world of abstract expressionism. This was a monumental phase that fetched Gnana an absolute sense of freedom as an artist - art for the artist’s sake.