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11 January 2018

Interview with Artist: Shweta Malhotra

Meet Shweta, a visual artist/photographer based in Delhi who is also passionate about baking.

Shweta Malhotra

 

Inspiro India:  How did you get started? What first got you into Painting? Tell us a bit about yourself.

Shweta Malhotra: I’ve always been interested in art. I first dabbled with paints as a little girl but my career as a professional artist began much later in my life. I painted for pleasure, to keep myself busy and to pass the time away. As a student, I was always attracted to art, and in high school, I won several painting competitions as well but never thought about making a career in art.

4 years ago I felt the desire of picking up my paintbrush again. I went and got a bunch of acrylic paints, brushes and started doing it, and it’s really been a therapeutic thing for me.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you faced as an artist?

SM: I’m a self-taught painter, who loves to colour the abstract beauty on canvas and enliven its gleam in the viewers’ eyes. For me, art is like being on a roller coaster, ups and downs, highs and lows, twists and turns. My paintings splash the eternal meaning of all the highs and lows of one’s life into a depth of emotions. My painted canvases are colourful, I cherish old traditions, new ideas, style and knowledge.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain your work process of Paintings?

SM: I work with several tools and try to bring out something new in every new series. But the process is sometimes easy and at times cruel as well. Some pieces take either hours or months to complete. I never set a target for completing my work. One of my paintings in my last show took the longest. I always let my work rest for a day or two and come back to it. This gives me time to think about what I am going to do next in a completely different way.

When I start something new, I have a set direction usually few sketches but when I paint, I let my creativity and mind play on the canvas. That way my work stays varied and fresh. I do not stick with a style and replicate it over and over for a long time. When I start feeling comfortable, that is not a good sign so I change things up.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying Art in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

SM: It is a loaded question but honestly it depends mostly whether you choose the right college or not.

I have never attended any art college and always feel you don’t really get much out of it financially after paying a good amount of fees. There is an overwhelming chance you will not make money in art. You will find a lot of people who will truly appreciate your art but there are very few who will buy it.

From the skill point of you, I will recommend going to small art schools or institutes. Find a mentor instead of looking for an art college. Most of the skills you can gain yourself by intense self-work, but it’s helpful to have a mentor who can guide you out of the ruts you will fall into.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

SM: I’m a person who is influenced by love the most. Fortunately, that is what I got in abundance from my family. They are my most valuable support system. My relationship with God and my family form the foundation of who I am. Everything else is built on top of this.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as a child?

SM: To be honest with you, I never quite knew what exactly I wanted to become. One day I wanted to be a chef and another day a teacher. I always felt a bit insecure about the future and couldn’t imagine myself as someone.

Soon I realised, It doesn’t matter what you always wanted to be. It’s just a fantasy. What matters is this moment, now.

 

Inspiro India: How would you define beauty in less than 140 characters?

SM: True beauty comes from a person’s internal attributes, the unfading beauty of being a gentle and quiet soul. It’s a state of mind, it’s a quality. Nothing in this world is perfect and I always believe that the beauty lies in someone’s eye.  If you see something with a vision of beauty it will definitely become beautiful. Else try it in any form or way that thing or person will never turn beautiful. Beauty is infinite, everyone and everything is beautiful in its own way.

 

Inspiro India: What are you passionate about besides your work?

SM: Apart from painting, I’m passionate about baking. I love the process of researching new recipes and testing them. I can bake delicious cake and make some scrumptious chocolates and desserts.

 

Paintings by ©Shweta Malhotra

 

Inspiro India: What advice would you as an artist give to other creative heads out there? Some creative tips you’d like to share?

SM: The only advice I can give is, do not wait around for some miracle to happen. All the best ideas come out of the process, the hard work. Just follow your instinct and work on it, things will happen. Definitely!!!

 

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23 November 2017

Interview with Visual Artist: Pardeep Verma

Meet Pardeep Verma, an abstract painter and visual artist

Pardeep Verma

 

Inspiro India: How did you get started? What first got you into Art? Tell us a bit about yourself.

– I once had the opportunity to attend a painting exhibition by Sh. JR. Yadava. Until then I had never imagined that paintings could be handmade. His paintings piqued my interest to do something about it and I requested Sh. Yadava to guide me. He showed me the path and that’s how the journey started.

 

Inspiro India: How would you best describe your style of Visual Art? And the challenges you faced as an artist?

– My visual art style is Abstract. The main challenge I faced was to do the paintings in acrylic colour rather than in watercolour. There were lots of experiments that I had to conduct with ‘n’ number of permutations and combinations before I could get the results I had always dreamt of.

 

 

Inspiro India: What are the tools you couldn’t live without? Can you please explain about your work process?

– I can’t imagine a life without papers, colours and solitude. The combination of the three things gives shape to my imaginations and dreams.

 

Inspiro India: Is studying design in college worth the cost or do you recommend an alternative?

– Studying art essentially helps one acquire the basic skills and that becomes a launch pad. When I was young, my main motive was to start earning a livelihood because art as a field was looked down upon something which never pays. Also in addition to the college education, I believe, having a mentor is of great help. Having said that, the motivation must come from within along with zeal, enthusiasm and energy besides tonnes of practice.

 

Inspiro India: Who/What has been the biggest influence on your way of thinking?

– Whenever I saw somebody getting clicked himself/herself with the creator or the creation – painting, photographer or sculpture in any form – that influenced my thinking. I wanted my creations to be appreciated the same way.

 

Inspiro India: What did you want to become as child?

– As a child, I wanted to have my own identity and excel in any endeavour I selected.

 

Paintings by ©Pardeep Verma

 

Inspiro India: What advice would the artist inside you like to pass on to our readers?

– My advice to an artist will be to think out of the box, be creative and experiment a lot as well as have patience and perseverance till they achieve what you they’ve dreamt of. An artist should always on the lookout for new horizons, new vistas, new worlds.

 

Check out his full feature in May’17 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#38 – Download Free.

 

 

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16 June 2017

Creative Head of the week : Aparna Ramesh Mhatre

There were many influences that went into Aparna’s decision to select this field. Her early mentors and her family always encouraged her to explore opportunities in this field. They pointed her in the right direction to explore the possibilities. She has found that the only art style that’s universally understood is realism. Everyone’s heard the line “it looks just like a photo.” She thinks, for her, other styles hold so much more interest, both emotionally and in terms of the level of technical skill. She is not using any special tools for her work. She just tries to do her work with perfection to give it a little professional touch. Her inspiration is her parents’ effort on her. Her paintings also inspire her. They give her the positive energy to do more and more perfect work. It usually takes her 3 to 4 hours to complete one art work. But, sometimes it takes up to 1 to 2 days.

About Inspiro India, “I think it is the only right platform for my artwork.”

 

Photos by ©Aparna Ramesh Mhatre

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Check out his full feature in November’16 Edition of Inspiro India Magazine issue#30 – Download Free.

 

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28 March 2016

Bharat Mata – The Iconic Painting

The month of August is very nostalgic of the Indian freedom struggle for all Indians. Looking back into history, we see a remarkable visual representation being created to evoke the nationalist feelings in Indians during the freedom struggle. It was in the form of a painting titled “BHARAT MATA”. Abanindranath Tagore, the nephew of Rabrindranath Tagore depicted the theme of the motherland in this painting. He depicted “The woman as the Nation”, a very revolutionary depiction which was mainly conceived keeping in mind the Swadeshi movement and the patriotic fervor of that time.The painting made in water colours depicts the Bharat Mata as a four-armed Hindu goddess as the central figure in the painting. She is depicted in delicate tints of saffron, pale green and luminous white. The facial features are very Indian with fair complexion and a golden body. The entire rendering is very symbolic yet quite real. She is wearing a saffron colored robe, and in her four arms she holds food( anna), clothing( vastra), a manuscript for education(siksha)and beads of salvation (disksha) instead of weapons as the earlier images of Hindu Goddesses.

The impact of this painting was that Bharatmata became the new deity of the country and was used as a mobilizing artifact during all the Quit-India processions. This image became the face of new Swadeshi India, the free and the Independent India, in which the Bharat Mata, the motherland was not in chains or shackles but radiant and promising a bright future to its people.

Words By Dr. Guneeta Chadha

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“ Bharat Mata” circa1902-05 by Abanindranath Tagore,Water color and wash on paper, Rabindra Bharati, Kolkata