In February 2017, I was among 100 artists from across India invited to exhibit my paintings at Whitefield Art Collective, a month-long, annual public art festival held at VR Bengaluru. I was also commissioned to create this giant wall mural.
Title: Childhood (2017)
Acrylic and Acrylic Paint Markers on Wall
12ft x 15 ft
A child’s mind is free. He makes friends easily. The purpose of a child’s friend is simply to play. Childhood is but a flower, here today, gone tomorrow.
I’m now obsessed with painting large. It gives me a HUGEE kick. Holing up in my studio doesn’t seem so enticing anymore. In fact, I think it’s rather depressing. What’s so great about wall murals and public art you ask?
The thought that I could influence someone’s mood and feelings by creating a large immovable work as part of their environment is super intriguing.
I saw groups of people clicking pictures in front of my mural even when it was far from finished. I also had a few people including an Ad film maker and a Store owner approach me with commission requests as I painted. The most happiest people though were the VR Bengaluru staff. Seeing the mural seemed to light up their faces. They all wanted to paint along with me and after 9 days of laborious work, all they wanted was for me to paint the entire stretch of the wall just so I could stay longer with them. That was my biggest reward indeed.
Tell me what you think about the mural!