While Indian cities get busy with festivals, Jasmeet Rehan, a young and energetic Delhi-based painter, intends to connect people with spirituality.
“A spell of colours could add on to the festivity, and so I thought that this is the right time for art lovers to feel a touch of spirituality and energy through a canvas,” says the 32-year-old, who has played with colours to make a series of paintings on Lord Buddha.
Her reason to explore Chandigarh, shares Jasmeet, is that she believes that the city needs exposure when it comes to art. Remind her that City Beautiful holds numerous art shows, and she expresses surprise. “Is it? In that case, it’s indeed great. But, I want these five-star hotels to be used for exposure to art because art galleries usually restrict a person from walking towards the canvas. Now, sitting in the lobby of Hotel Taj with eight large and five small paintings and simultaneously showing live art on a canvas allows me to have a healthy interaction with visitors approaching me. This infuses something new to the city’s culture,” says Jasmeet.
Having earlier been a media marketing person, painting was Jasmeet’s second call. However, for the past year, her painting has taken a professional turn, she shares. For Jasmeet, visual stimuli through the use of colours on canvas is important. “I am not an artist who likes to be restricted before she starts painting. In fact, I work on various emotions, such as the dark feelings of lust, envy or a beautiful portrayal of love and motherhood. Art, for me, is about freedom of expression and ‘karmic’ strokes.
I believe in the quote, ‘Karma is action,’” says Jasmeet, who adds that she likes to depict life through her works.
About the art scene in Delhi, she shares, “In Delhi, corporate houses are getting in the domain of gifting art pieces to each other. But they are attracted more towards abstract art instead of the spiritual realm, and therefore, artists like me target corporate houses.”
While she is in no mood to sell her paintings, Jasmeet says if she had to, her work would fall in the price range of R10,000 to R60,000. “When I made my first painting of Lord Buddha, I sold it for R15000, so I know my work is sellable and marketable,” she smiles. '
Jasmeet Rehan’s work is on display at Hotel Taj, Sector 17, Chandigarh, till October 28.