After portraying people and their personas on canvas, including actor Shah Rukh Khan, this talented artist is now capturing the essence of cities. Anjana Kuthiala wants to paint Gurgoan on canvas.
“There are beautiful high-rise buildings, malls and green landscapes that give Gurgaon a character of its own, quite different from any other city in the world. I want to capture this uniqueness on canvas,” says Kuthiala. The 7-feet-large canvas will be on the lines of what she painted for Delhi before the Commonwealth Games.
“People keep cribbing about the roads here, but having travelled around the world, I would say that no city is perfect. We are all evolving, so are our cities,” says Kuthiala. “I like to focus on the positive aspects in my life as well as my paintings. For me, art is about beauty.”
After being ‘very Indian’ even in her international exhibitions, Kuthiala now wants to take inspiration from the international experience for her next series. “The shift in my thoughts began when I was approached to paint for a charity auction to raise funds for Japan. Childhood memories of my parent’s first trip to Japan and the beautiful geisha doll and fans they brought from there came rushing to my mind,” she says.
She has portrayed the beauty of Japan, symbolised by a Japanese woman, pagoda and white and pink blossoms. Kuthiala also plans to complete her autobiography tentatively titled ‘Lotus Leela’ when she goes to the hills for a holiday next month.
“I relate myself to the lotus, which is able to bloom and rise above the mud and petty circumstances around,” she says, explaining her choice of the title. In a first of sorts, Kuthiala will then depict each decade of her life on canvas.
Reflecting Anjana’s belief in rebirth and past life is her painting ‘Cleopatra Reborn’, which depicts Hollywood actor Elizabeth Taylor being reborn as an Indian avatar. The painting will be unveiled by the ambassador of Egypt and his wife towards the end of May. “I want to paint some countries in my series ‘Around the World’ soon,” she says.