“I believe in simplicity and minimalism”
How has your journey been from being a student of Raheja School of Art to winning awards at the national and international level?
I struggled and enjoyed my journey from being a student to professional and renowned artist today. Brought up in a very poor family, I am very thankful to my parents for nurturing my passion and their tremendous support in such difficult days. I was passionate about art from my childhood but it was a very difficult decision to become an artist and survive. I myself managed to pay my educational expenses by doing part time job as a student. My passion always pushed me to improve my work and my hard work never downcast my efforts. I always get awards and scholarships for my work. After my graduation it was my first priority was to feed my family and as artist it is such a difficult task. At the same time I never wanted to keep away my passion so I chose a profession which will never affect my artistic skills. I worked as an animator professionally for many year and simultaneously was practising my own work. I never dreamt of being an award winning artist but eventually my work started getting noticed at many places. I started taking part in national and international contest/exhibitions and my works started getting awards nationally and internationally not only as a painter but as an animation professional too.
How would you define your personal art style? Which aspect of creating such brilliant pieces do you enjoy the most?
I don’t believe in any particular style of art. I believe it comes naturally if you are really passionate and pure. It evolves eventually which is most enjoyable journey.
Tell us about your most memorable piece of art that you have created? Can you give us a brief description about it and the tools that you used for the same?
I believe in simplicity and minimalism. Expressing yourself in simplest and minimalistic way is most difficult. My most memorable art piece was a painting is “No strings attached”. It is a most minimalist painting done by me in very minimal efforts till today. I used watercolor medium for creating it which is also most simple and spontaneous medium to handle. The objects around me always inspired me to think beyond it and express and interpret in my way. Once I went to my Aunt’s terrace to remove dried clothes from the strings/wires. While removing the clothes I found the objects and their shadows very interesting and they were communicating with me. But i was unable to communicate in their language. So I feel that I shall use visual language to communicate with that and I made a quick painting in the burning sun. I got a sunstroke but I never experienced the same again.
What is your usual workflow pattern or your approach towards any project?
I always take any project very personally. I always work on a single project once at a time so I can focus 100% on it. I usually don’t like any other interruption between my working process. I like full freedom while working so I can put my full creativity. Once I am done with my work then I take the feedback from others and improvise it if required.
What are the tools/software that you use regularly as a part of your work?
I usually like to work in traditional mediums rather than the tools because traditional mediums give very organic feel. Secondly I don’t like to depend on any technical tool. But as today’s requirement and quick demand of execution it is very supportive to use computers and software. I mostly use Adobe Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator and After Effect for my commercial works.
What kind of opportunities you feel are available for an artist in today’s world? And what are the challenges one faces?
Today art is so much approachable since social media has become very convenient. I suggest every artist to use internet to market their work and to learn so many things. Also, it is very easy to share the works and get connected with best artists all around the world as well as audience.
Today the most challenging thing for an artist is surviving for bread and butter because not everyone buys art.
Secondly, since art is so much approachable online so lot of artists are trying to make their business out of copied work of really talented artists. General people are not aware about genuine art. It is very important to spread the awareness towards genuine art.
How do you plan to take your career forward from here?
I feel art is not just a career. Art is all about following your passion. I am just following my journey of art. I am working hard and expressing myself through art to evolve my work with time. I have few plans to do experiments without any boundaries. I want to evolve my work towards site specific installations, sculptures and so many things. I would like to travel all over the world and explore everything to make my work much mature. I have plans to work and exhibit all over the world.
Any tips for the aspiring artists?
My tip for the aspiring artists is that they should follow their heart and nurture their passion. Work hard, don’t choose short cuts, have patience. Don’t hesitate to do lot of mistakes, be confident and enjoy whatever you do.
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