Being an artist is hard if you live in Mumbai. Just take a walk on the footpath outside Jehangir Art Gallery, Kala Ghoda, and you’ll find street artists who can beat so-called contemporary masters at one-millionth the price. But some young artists continue to follow their passions in the face of stiff competition.
Aditi Rajpure is a 26-year-old dentist who makes time to put her emotions on canvas, in spite of her busy schedule. "I’ve been painting since childhood, but had to put it on hold when I started college," she says. "Now, when I'm not extracting molars, I'm painting."
Rajpure paints mostly for friends and acquaintances and her medium is acrylic on canvas or water colours on paper. She posts her work on Twitter (@misspinkpout) and can be reached there.
"I want to make this an alternate career by taking up freelance assignments, especially making bespoke painting for homes and offices" she says.
Another young city artist, Simran Kaur Walia, is a little more active with her work. "I took a commercial arts course at Sophia College and then started my own website, reflectionsonthewall.com, to retail my art," says Walia. The 25-year-old was encouraged by friends and relatives to start her own venture. "My aim is to make art affordable," she says.
Walia has held exhibitions in city five-star hotels before, with another one set to open in Boston, USA, in two months. You can buy her art online or get in touch with her on her Twitter (@ROTWarts) or Facebook page.
Art is not limited to just paintings, and Roanna Fernandes, 26, is exploring other media. She specialises in making beach jewellery and crafts. "I had my first sale at Candies in Bandra in 2009 and have been devoting whatever free time I have to my label Rosecraft," says Fernandes. From customised wrapping paper and stationery to neckpieces and coasters, Fernandes makes it all.
"I take up orders through Twitter (@JupiterSkye) and Facebook page and my my blog," she says.