How To Make Mandalas From Flowers : A Lesson In Letting Go

September 26, 2017 0 Comments

I love mandalas. I’ve always loved drawing mandalas, and I’m constantly creating and adding to my series of mandala paintings titled ‘Microcosm‘. For me, It’s a lovely meditation and a great way to improve my focus. “Mandala” means “circle.” And a circle is both a simple and deeply complex concept. It represents the universe metaphysically, …

A Truly Secular Festival – Onam

September 22, 2017 0 Comments

Onam is probably the only Indian festival that is truly secular and has a beautiful socio-cultural relevance. And in that sense it’s very contemporary. Onam is a harvest festival all Malayalees all over the world celebrate to mark the return of their legendary king Mahabali. This year, I went along with my family for the …

Why Art Reviews Matter

September 18, 2017 0 Comments

Culture is more than a Rabindranath Tagore painting hanging at the NGMA or a black-and-white video flashing in an uptown art festival. Culture is also the time we spend looking at art and talking about it. Without culture, Bangaloreans would probably talk about nothing but traffic and real estate. Art making is a solitary exercise. …

How To Be A Successful Artist

September 15, 2017 0 Comments

How do you define a successful life in the arts? Is it selling a painting for six figures? Do the heavens part when you make the cover of Artforum? Does achievement come with an invitation to show at a biennale? Or is success defined by the quality, dedication and passion of the artist’s journey? Believe …

Should Visual Artists Give Their Paintings A Description

September 14, 2017 0 Comments

Many years ago, I watched a contemporary dance performance by a dear friend at the National Gallery of Modern Art, Bangalore. It was a complex piece, somber, dark even accusatory at times and since I knew my friend, I also knew there were deeper meanings behind it. A mix of modern and ballet, “Spirit” by …

9 Ways To Make Sure Your Art Is Noticed By Galleries

September 13, 2017 0 Comments

When I recently spoke to Sathya Harshan who works at Gallerie Sara Arakkal, one of the most sought after galleries in Bangalore, he admitted that he is continually deluged with requests from artists to get involved with their art in one way or another either by showing it, selling it, representing it, critiquing it or …

My First Exhibition At Galerie Sara Arakkal

September 12, 2017 0 Comments

Galerie Sara Arakkal has chosen to represent my work and if you are reading this, I’m very happy to  invite you to their 14th Annual Show 2017 at the gallery. The preview is on Saturday, 16th September 2017 at 6pm where you can meet artists and view art created by 48 eminent and promising contemporary …