My approach to painting is very instinctive and I am constantly experimenting. I use the Palette knife as my primary tool to paint and my sole medium is oil. My primary subjects are the simple everyday lives of rural India and its people. I photograph my subjects during my travels to my native home -India. My paintings speak of my desire for human connection and my meetings with some wonderful and resilient people.
My work is about bright intense colors in heated orange tones, reds and lilacs. I challenge the canvas with blues, greens and purples. My intention with these choices of tones is to grab my audience’s attention.
Many of my subjects are from the alluring desert region of Rajasthan, making my work full of vibrant yellows, reds, greens and bright pinks. Candid images and powerful memories are the essence of my works. I like to think in color and believe in artist Renoirs words when he said “Why shouldn’t Art be pretty? There are enough unpleasant things in the world! I construct pictures purely by means of color. Sometimes there is little definition as I get away from the academic form.
I have been influenced by Fauvism and Abstract Expressionism and its spontaneous styles. Artists like Gauguin, Matisse, Cezanne and William De Kooning have helped shape my technique. I have accepted influences from others work and then tried to master my own style.
The images on my paintings come mostly from my personal experiences and I try and reveal what I have seen. My work is a mix of modernism and abstract expressionism but rooted in Indian tradition.
I want to show how I like a thing or mainly how I remember it.