Category Archives: Portraits

A Helmet for Nikolina

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Bobbee Singh of Old Delhi Motorcycles on ‘The Fusion Projects’ last year. We bonded over discussing the tank I painted for Royal Enfield. You can read about and see pictures and video of the collaboration with Bobbee here. That project was a breeze. I did not really have […]

Caesar

This commission was difficult to do for myriad reasons. I could not refuse as a very dear friend asked me to paint it for another dear friend of hers. (You can see another commision done for the same friend here.) The time to finish the portrait was 4 days. I finished it in two!! And […]

Champa

This is Champa. She was my friend Swati Seth’s daughter. Rescued from Champa Galli in Delhi. She lived with Swati for 18 months before getting picked up by a leopard. But in those 18 months, she meant everything to Swati. Swati of The Color Caravaan has been doing stupendous work for many years now. We […]

Paint splattered!!

That black kurta speaks of the pain I endured. This next one I hope to be of healing. This olive green kurta is also about five years old now. It has seen me through many days and nights of painting. Every splatter is a subconscious mark or gesture of joy or frustration. There are deliberate […]

X marks the spot

Insert here… In an earlier post I mention this black kurta that could probably replace me at events. What probably cannot be stressed enough is just how much this kurta has seen and been through with me. It is almost a metaphor for my life and milestones in a way. For almost all of the […]

Hung out to dry

This black kurta in so many ways is me. It has been a constant companion over the last five odd years. It has seen much and been through much. In fact a few months ago I was invited to an event and the dress code was black. I joking told my host that I don’t […]

A hundred little stitches

Sashiko (刺し子, literally “little stabs”) is a form of decorative reinforcement stitching (or functional embroidery) from Japan. … The white cotton thread on the traditional indigo blue cloth gives sashiko its distinctive appearance, though decorative items sometimes use red thread. #sashiko – I finally started work on something that has been on my mind for […]

Kathakali as Krishna

Many years ago I got a request from  a fellow blogger asking permission to use an image of my first Kathakali painting on his blog with due credit to be given of course. I said ‘yes’. Cut to the beginning of this year – that same gentleman wrote to me. He requested a painting for […]

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