“Your willpower should be an inspiration to others”: How these four artists flourish during the ups and downs of the creative journey
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The 18th edition of the annual congress Chitra Santhe The art festival was held virtually due to the pandemic (see our photo essay series here). Hosted by Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath in Bengaluru, the festival featured over 1,000 artists from India and overseas.
See also Your story cover of six previous editions of Chitra Santhe: 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 and 2015, as well as compilations of Best quotes on art from 2021 and 2020.
âArt is everything to me, all exploration and experimentation with endless challenges. Success stems from my own satisfaction, then from the reaction of others and finally from commercial achievements â, explains the artist based in Bengaluru Sirisha KS, in a conversation with Your story.
He calls for a greater appreciation of art in society through media coverage, advertisements and artist awards. His works are priced at Rs 5,000 above.
âAlthough the pandemic was a difficult time, I explored other art forms like speed painting, blindfold painting, and even dance while painting, ârecalls Sirisha.
He also starred in online programs, one of which featured quick paint. âI created five paintings in an hour, measuring two to six feet in height,â he explains.
While he believes online exhibits are better than no exhibits at all, Sirisha prefers the experience of physical exhibits. “Never give up whatever the scenario, âhe advises budding artists.
âYour willpower should be an inspiration to others. Consistent practice can make anything possible, with a positive mindset, âsuggests Sirisha.
âArt means everything to me. I breathe art. Art is what comes naturally to me â, explains the artist from Chikmagalur Laxmi Mysore, who had a fondness for art from childhood.
âAn introverted and shy child, I always reflected on my own imaginative world,â she recalls. She has now been pursuing art studies for 25 years, after fine arts school.
âArt connects you to your soul. It is an intense personal experience. For me, art is like meditation. It gave me moments of inner tranquility and peace, and heals me from the inside out, âLaxmi explains.
The painting process itself is an exploration of one’s own thoughts. âIt transforms me into a whole new world. A new space where I have the freedom to explore, introspect and implement my inner feelings, âshe describes.
Success for her begins with the creation of a work of art. “It is not easy for a woman artist to continue her professional life either. because she has a lot to juggle, âwarns Laxmi.
âArt is the best thing that has ever happened to me. I was able to accomplish many of my goals with success, including solo exhibitions, group exhibitions and national art camps, âshe adds proudly.
“I was able to create my own identity as an artist”, Laxmi said, after winning a series of awards, including the Kala Jyothi Award and the Amrita Shergil National Merit Award. Many galleries represent her and her works have found their way into international private collections.
It calls for a greater appreciation of art in society through exhibitions, fairs, workshops and camps. Schools and media also play an important role. Support from government and the private sector can further promote art.
âArt spreads an aesthetic appeal in this otherwise mechanical and monotonous world. It adds life, beauty, meaning, color and joy to our existence, âsays Laxmi.
His recent works include the Lock logs series. They present the beautiful views of nature, the simple pleasures of life, and even a silent conversation between humans and birds. Laxmi’s works of art are priced at Rs 6,000 to Rs 80,000.
âFor me as an artist, the pandemic period was like a new beginning, with new opportunities. Artists generally work in solitude, and I was able to explore new concepts like virtual studios, art exhibitions and art camps, ârecalls Laxmi.
He misses the positivity and close interactions of physical events, but also appreciates the global reach of online platforms. “In a physical exhibition, the viewer can obtain a tangible experience of the work of art, chat with the artists to understand their perception and get a three-dimensional analysis of the artwork, âshe describes.
âIt’s possible to feel the textures and layers of color engineering, which can be a rewarding experience for an art lover,â Laxmi describes.
âBe passionate about your work. Being loyal, hardworking and dedicated is what is integral to an artist’s work, âshe advises aspiring artists.
âNever stop being a learner. You stop being an artist when you stop learning or experimenting. Your work should reflect a strong affection or expression of your inner emotions that connects and engages the viewer with your work, âemphasizes Laxmi.
âArt means freedom – the freedom that comes from within. My goal is to create on a daily basis. And that’s the kind of success I think for myself, âsays Neha Raibagi. His works are priced at Rs 25,000 to Rs 1.5 lakh.
Although the pandemic had been a difficult time, she was happy to be busy with her paintings. She misses the pleasure, engagement and interaction of physical events, but appreciates the fact that the virtual edition of Chitra Santhe can be extended by several months, and not just by a single day as in the physical version.
âNever stop painting or creating art. Keep learning something new, and always try new ways to create art, âNeha advises budding artists.
âArt is the reflection of my life. Exploring my new self in each art is a success in itself â, declares the exhibiting artist Deepali S.
“Art must touch people, inspire them to creativity, reality and acceptance. Appreciation of art will then improve on its own, âshe observes.
For Chitra Santhe, she prepared works reflecting female expressions, lifestyle, emotions and internal creativity. His works are in oil paint and acrylic.
âI continued to work on my art and my inspiration during the pandemic. My art work inspired me to be positive during confinement even when I didn’t have the material to paint, âDeepali remembers.
She enjoys online exhibitions so she can spread positivity all around even when the whole world was stopped. âWhatever the situation, always keep working hard,â she advises aspiring artists.
âWhichever path you choose, keep walking on it without doubting yourself. Trust yourself. Your talent is also an art, âconcludes Deepali.
Now what have you done today to take a break from your busy schedule and find new avenues to apply your creativity?
K Jagadish Kumar