Kritika Jhalani: Artists are not always Born; They can be Made too!
- IWB Post
- June 10, 2015
Jaipur based artist Kritika Jhalani discovered her passion for painting when she was around 20 yrs old.
This is okay. As long as you find your true path, going through a little anguish is fine. Let’s get known the story of this dream-driven woman who might inspire you to get up again and rediscover yourself with a fresh insight.
I took up Arts for my graduation. Painting classes, in particular, were torturous. I didn’t know how to draw a simple figure using pencil, leave alone the coloring part. Ah, that made me miss several classes. Several. I think it was my inferiority I felt among other artistic students of my class. Before all this, I went through a counseling session as I was confused whether to choose dancing, fashion design, sculptures or painting as my career.
My teachers at the college really encouraged me to shed the fear and hold the paint brush. Since I was always fond of colors, I could connect with this form rather than sketching. By the time my graduation finished, I already had many collections of my work. Amazingly, all of them turned out to be modern art pieces.
My work mostly shows textures and neon colors. I use colors depending on my mood. For me black is a dull color and using yellow along with it depicts emerging light from the darkness. I am fond of red, green, blue, and orange – the happy colors! Also, Lord Ganesha is my USP. My paintings always have a hint of Him in some form.
Holding an art exhibition is altogether a next level for artists, and once again, I needed the inspiration. For me, this happened after I got married. My in-laws get the credit by repeatedly motivating and telling me how beautiful my work is.So few months back, I could manage to exhibit my work showcasing modern art in bright and neon colors. The fear resurfaced when I saw the work of other renowned artists being displayed in the same gallery. But then my paintings combined with jute work were really applauded. I think its human tendency to experience doubts. Important is to pull yourself back every time.
Today I am well aware of my talent and I can’t let it go. It took me about 20 yrs, but now I don’t want to waste a single moment not connecting myself to art. I paint whenever I find solace. That’s almost every day. In a way, I am making the most of it!
Oh, I have a lot in my kitty. I am planning more exhibitions in future. I also look forward to meet more people from this field and share with them that ‘artists are not always born; they can be made too – with a little motivation of course.’
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Photograph by: Nupur Agarwal