For city-based artist Sameer Dubey, the chance to exhibit his work at a foreign gallery is dream come true.
Sameer, the only participant from the country, will be showcasing his mural at Freaky art bar in Spain on September 20.Made out of 99 pieces of cardboard and nut bolds, the mural is a replica of a BAC model bike. "I have used the minutest of machinery to give the bike an authentic and real look. From spare parts to creating pieces in cast iron, I have used it all," says Sameer.
To ensure that the real look of the mural is maintained, a Teflon coating has also been done, apart from using the original bike colours. "The USP of my design is the real image it creates in the audience’s mind. So, I have used everything which can add up to its real look," he says.
Sameer is more elated with the fact that his 6X4 feet size mural has been chosen to be showcased for three days under the special works. Sameer talks about the other international projects he has undertaken so far.
"I have got the chance to work for international clients before as well. I have made two murals in Dubai, one in Jakarta and another one in California. Though this is for the first time that my work has been selected at an international exhibition like this," he adds.
The idea of becoming a mainstream artist didn’t initially appeal Sameer, who works as a photographer and sculpture artist apart from creating murals.
"The kind of society we live in, it is always considered wrong for boys to have interest in fine arts. People will not encourage you. Because of the stereotypes existing in the society, we always associate this kind of work with women. So, it took me a lot of time to actually come to terms with the fact that I wanted to be an artist."
Ask him about the future he sees in this profession, and he replies with a tone full of conviction: "I wish to go ahead in this stream only. But, the only factor here is that one has to really think out of the box to make things work. I find this profession interesting because it challenges me. I only wish that we have better institutes in the country which can tap young talent and train them in the field of art."