Meet Sikander, whose journey of an artist began whilst being fascinated by Sikh gurus painted on calendars.
Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Painting? Tell us a bit about yourself.
– Since my childhood when I was 5-6 years of age, I knew that I would become an artist. I have always wanted to become a painting artist. I was always fascinated by the calendars of Sikh gurus painted or printed on them. I tried copying them and started following the path of art. This way my journey of art began.
Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you faced as an artist?
– Visual art is an art which attracts one’s vision and one that an artist creates. That creation of art gives happiness not only to the artist but also to the viewer. It was very hard to describe what art actually is. Generally, people think that an artist paints the walls & hoardings only. But making them realise the efforts and hard work that an artist puts in to make a masterpiece was my biggest challenge and secondly, when you go through the struggle, financially you face a lot of difficulties which I think is very important part of one’s life.
Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain your work process of Paintings?
– Being a watercolour artist I cannot live without my art kit which includes brushes, paint, sheets. They are a must. As an artist I am very fond of travelling and capturing the beauty of this world. Whenever I travel, I click, get ideas and convert them into paintings. I like to paint outdoor and live too.
Inspiro India: Is studying Art in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?
– Of course, I recommend studying in Arts college. I, myself have graduated from the Government College of Art, Chandigarh. So whatever I have achieved until today, my college has equally contributed. You get to learn so much from your teachers, seniors and fellow mates. This way your circle widens and you get quite good chance to improve yourself.
Inspiro India: Who or what has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?
– My biggest influence in the way of my journey as an artist. The famous artist Sobha Singh. I was so inspired by his art style and the masterpieces he has created.
Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?
– I have always wanted to become an artist.
Inspiro India: How would you describe your approach to paint?
– Painting is a meditation in itself. One cannot describe the beauty of art in few or more words. It is beyond description. It is a satisfaction which one can only feel and cannot express in words. One must be thankful if he or she is an artist.
Inspiro India: How would you define beauty in less than 140 characters?
– Beauty in my words is anything that exists in nature. Whether it is the mountains, sky, water, humans, animals, birds or trees, I enjoy everything present in nature. God is the biggest artist. The beautiful creations of nature have so much to see and enjoy that describing it is beyond words. As an artist I love to paint everything in nature like landscapes, portraits etc.
Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?
– Besides painting I am a gadget freak. I love buying latest gadgets. This is my passion since I started earning. I always keep myself updated with the new gadgets in town.
Paintings by ©Sikander
Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? Some creative tips you’d like to share?
– As an artist, I would love to share my experiences with other creative heads, one must be honest with the type of work he or she does. Apart from the commercial approach, I think one must enjoy and feel proud of whatever you paint. Feeling satisfied with your work is the biggest earning.
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