Artist J M S Mani is the Ex-Principal of Karnataka Chitrakala Parishad, Bengaluru and is a straight forward artist. His works are as bold as him and bring forth the beauty of the subject with his skilled knife-work. The strokes in his paintings show immense depth. He has been instrumental in encouraging students in the field of art and creates opportunities for them. Most of his works are based on Badami women but apart from being a figurative artist he also dabbles in contemporary art as well. The paintings have vivid colors and as a result, instantly captures the attention of the art lover.