" Travelling has played an important role in my expression. It has brought about a humility of approach which makes every work of art an expression of devotion and happiness."
Born in India, I have travelled extensively throughout India during my childhood - to explore new cultures became second nature for me. My experience of the richness, diversity and vitality of the languages and cultures of India, realised in its freedom of expression and colour became the foundation from which my later work would develop. My study of ancient history and ancient civilizations paved the way for further exploration and seeking of knowledge of the ancient art world.
I have travelled extensively overseas and this broadened my perspective, learning different techniques from artists and artisans I met around the world. In 1989 I was mentored by Br Ambrose, a Franciscan Friar and Irish artist in Galway, Ireland. Later I went to Cardiff, Wales to explore arts at Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (now Cardiff Metropolitan University). In Cardiff, I was a prolific artist and exhibited extensively.
My work is inspired by the ethos of the ancient Indian art as expressed in Chitra Sutra. According to this Sutra art is about meditation and harmonising our inner soul with the outer world and the cosmos. "My paintings are less about what I see, more about what I feel - my feelings about life, in its purity and vitality, in its colour, depth and revitalising energy."
Below are some examples of artwork from my studio.
- Kirandeep Grewal