I won my first prize in painting at the Shankar’s On the Spot Painting Competition in Delhi at the age of six. Many of those who saw the painting felt that I did not deserve the prize and I should stop painting. Therefore, I participated in many other International painting competitions and won awards in almost every competition I entered.
Each victory was more controversial than the one before and it seemed that no one could stop me. However, I stopped painting in my teenage years when I encountered the power and purity of science.
At that time I believed that all art must die to accommodate science.
I restarted painting while I was studying engineering at IIT Kanpur. At IIT, I had the opportunity to attend courses under R.K. Bhatnager. Experimenting with multiple artistic avenues including theater workshops I learned about the incredibly rich Indian folk art tradition, which still dominates my style and palette.
Years later, after devoting many years to solving the world’s problems through science, I have restarted painting a third time. As usual, my art has continued to please and annoy at the same time.
I now believe that it is only art that will keep us alive !
Most of my earlier inspirations still continue to influence my work – Dali, Da Vinci, Husain, RK Narayan. Of late, I have come in contact with a bunch of very smart and intelligent artists (oh yes! They do exist) and I feel that their influence is beginning to show through in my work.
Many of the sights and smells that I knew as a child , still dominate my mind, and hence my art. Engineering and science still influence my life. However, I still try to paint with the same zest and zeal as when I was in second grade.
What kind of a bird are you? Will my art please or annoy – find out for yourself.