While growing up in Calcutta I was always intrigued by the Pujas, the posters stuck on walls during strikes, especially the typefaces and the colours. I actually spent a lot of my childhood in a printing press. I used to hear the sound of Heidelberg machines printing, and would help place lead typefaces to form letters. Lead blocks always fascinated me, so did ice-cream wrappers and packaging.
L: Halloween ; R: Paris
Post completing my undergraduate degree from Delhi College of Art, I moved to the U.S. to study at the Parsons School of Design. There, I received the understanding to reach the audience through my colours and textures. I have always been more inclined towards using traditional mediums like water colours, colour pencils and fine-tipped micro pens to develop illustrations. This is also because I am deeply influenced by gouache, which I discovered in the U.S.
To create art for me is to spread joy. Love and gratitude are at the core of my art.
Cities and their colours inspire me. I am currently working on large scale illustrations, that talk about the different lives we live in different cities. I created a series of water colours art during the lockdown, which was inspired by the nature of the city of Dehradun, where I currently live. I am in talks with small merchandise stores in Dehradun, so as to extend my art propagated by nature and develop it onto different surfaces.
Text Hansika Lohani Mehtani