Why did you pick this picture?
I chose this picture because ever since I started painting I have been fascinated to the point of obsession with night skies, stars and the moon. So I decided to dedicate an entire series of paintings to this theme called ‘Moon child’ and this is my second piece of the series.
Where did the idea come from?
This is usually the hardest thing to try and explain. It’s really thought provoking though! Where do ideas come from? Nobody knows. I think what happens is you focus on something with your full intent then it somehow gets presented to you. If that makes any sense? When it comes to my art I am always inspired by the heavens and their magic is apparent in most of the artworks I have created to this point. My focus is usually on the universe and its beauty and hence it’s reflection is present in pretty much all my pieces. Same goes for this one.
What does this art mean to you?
This particular piece is a wonderful experience for me. The things that we can’t physically achieve we can experience them through art. The softness of the moon light and how it makes your thoughts and wishes fluid is what I have tried to depict here. When I think of the moon the emotions are weightless and airy… Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could just float and touch our favourite star and the moon?
What can you tell us about yourself?
I am a surrealist artist from India. I was born in a Hindu family but never had a religious inclination even as a child. I used to draw a lot when I was young. I remember being the happiest when I did but never thought of making a career out of it growing up. After finishing school I went to college to get my bachelors in IT engineering and worked in the corporate world for 2 years before realizing I never wanted to end up there in the first place. So I left my full time job to be and artist and that’s what I am doing now.
What more can you tell us about your art?
I work with acrylics. They were the first medium I used when I decided to start painting and fell absolutely in love with them. My paintings reflect what goes on in my mind and all that I understand of the world around me. You’ll find real and surreal woven together in my art. In all my works, I try to uncover the aspects of our being that cannot be seen in the objective world. I paint elusive places that I have in my head and that don’t exist in real life. I try to discover the meaning of emotions and our experiences through my paintings and hence they have more control over me then I have over them. It’s a wonderful journey and you are welcome to join me in it.
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