“Hold on to your passion for art and it will make you happy”

Steve Jobs / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Steve Jobs / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Tell us how you started working as a wall artist?

It was during my stay at hostel while pursuing MBA at IMT Ghaziabad helped me discover my love for the wall. I couldn’t withstand the plain walls of my rooms. Hence started painting them. I felt happy after completing each painting.

Dabbawala / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Dabbawala / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

How would you define your personal art style? Which aspect of creating such brilliant pieces do you enjoy the most?

I don’t have a personal art style as such. Being a self taught artist, initially I always used to watch videos of various artists and then try to incorporate them in my wall paintings. Each assignment requires a different thought process. Each wall brings a different set of challenges including dimensions, texture, place, etc. But painting a wall of bigger dimension gives me a kick.

Love in the wild / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Love in the wild / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Kali Peeli Taxi / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Kali Peeli Taxi / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

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 had received an order for painting a wall at client’s home. They wanted to surprise their daughter Riva by having her face on it. At that time I was not good at making facial paintings but somehow took this order. Painted for whole night and left their place in the morning just before their daughter arrived.

“She just loved it
As soon as she entered home, she was zapped to looking at the wall
Then jumped with excitement”

This was the message I received when their daughter saw it.

I used Artistic filter in Photoshop for understanding different facial features and then replicated the same on the wall.

Riva / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Riva / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Another happy moment was when the cafeteria was inaugurated and people were standing in queue to get a photographed clicked with Sachin Tendulkar’s painting.

Sachin / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Sachin / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

What is your usual workflow pattern or your approach towards any project?

Each wall is a different type of wall. So whenever any new project comes my way, first thing I do is to feel that wall. This also helps in understanding the texture of the wall along with its surrounding. I then understand what the customer wants on this wall. With all the information available, I create a draft design and share it with the customer. After freezing the design, the painting work is started.

Palace / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Palace / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Landscape / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Landscape / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

What are the tools/software that you use regularly as a part of your work?

Most of the times it is difficult to explain my thoughts and how I see the final painting on the wall to the customers. That’s when Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator come to my help. Adobe Illustrator helps me assemble the complete artwork while Adobe Photoshop helps in image processing. This helps in explaining how the complete artwork would look on that wall.

Nashik Dhol / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Nashik Dhol / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Mumbai Local / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Mumbai Local / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

What kind of opportunities you feel are available for an artist in today’s world? And what are the challenges one faces?

Wall painting field is full of opportunities. I say this for 2 reasons, firstly not many do wall paintings and secondly even if there are many wall artists, this world has so many walls that you would get tired of painting it.
There are many challenges which are faced while completing a wall art but when the final thing is done, the satisfaction you get helps you forget all the challenges.

Gautam Buddha / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Gautam Buddha / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

How do you plan to take your career forward from here?

Currently, I am a Banker by profession and Painter by Passion. I pursue and complete my wall painting assignments after my 9-6 job and on weekends. At present I am able to manage both these things. But my dream is to paint this world and would definitely like to pursue this full time in near future.

Reception / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Reception / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Golawala / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Golawala / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Any tips for the aspiring artists?

I believe that if I can paint then anyone can paint. Just hold on to your passion for art and it will make you happy. Use social media channels effectively so that your art reaches far and wide.

Reception / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

Reception / Pic Courtesy : Himit Parekh

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