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Art by chance

chandigarh Updated: Dec 14, 2013 10:17 IST
Nanki Singh
Nanki Singh
Hindustan Times

Born into a business family and later married into one too, Jaya, a former BCom student with no formal training in art didn’t think that one day she would become an artist. “I’ve always loved art, but I never thought of painting something only to then display it.

One day, when I was making posters for my 10-year-old daughter’s school project, she asked me why don’t I display my paintins,” says Jaya fondly, at her first solo exhibition titled Rebirth.

The paintings are a mix of oil, acrylics and mix media, which incorporates various elements on one canvas. On wondering if there’s a particular theme to the artist’s work, Jaya says everything represents happiness. This is made evident in the abundance of colours on display.

On being asked what her favourites are, she says, “There are two series, actually. One is the beaches, because that represents my hometown of Karwar, that is on the Goa-Karnataka border. These beaches remind me of the carefree days I used to spend with the sun and the sand.

Then, there are my women-centric paintings that represent the various stages of women trying to break free, come out and play despite all hurdles life throws at them.”

So, what medium is the hardest to work with? “For me, it is definitly oil, because an oil painting takes forever to dry naturally.”

Any idols that inspire her? “Not really. Since I haven’t had any formal training, I don’t know much about other artists.

As for my inspiration, it comes from nature and everything around me,” she says.

A find of Sonal A Singh, an artist and art teacher, Jaya developed her own style of work with each canvas, telling a story through a vibrant mix of colours and brush strokes.

The exhibition is on at Punjab Kala Bhawan, Sector 16, till December 15.