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Anpu Varkey: her wall of fame

So you know about the German artist behind this larger-than-life Gandhi mural. Meet the other half behind it — co-artist Anpu Varkey

art and culture Updated: Mar 03, 2014 13:30 IST
Subuhi Parvez
Subuhi Parvez
Hindustan Times
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The colossal mural of Mahatma Gandhi at the Delhi Police ­headquarters may have been the talk of town for some time, but Anpu Varkey, who ­assisted German ­artist Hendrik Beikirch on it, is not on cloud nine.

She was delighted and amused when we told her how much appreciation and attention the mural is begetting.

"No, I never got unending calls or texts. I didn’t know until now that it was such a big deal," says the Delhi-based artist, perhaps because it is Beikrich who has mostly been highlighted by the press.

Varkey recalls how they ­finished the mural in just five days, and how they’d have to go to the rooftop of a mosque ­nearby in case they wanted a full view of their artwork. "Since, it was ­difficult to keep a check on our work from so near, we would go in the evenings there and come back to make the changes required," she says.

The artist says they got a lot of ­appreciation from those at the ­headquarters: "They were ­passively involved and kept ­asking us about details such as the ruler lines on the wall."

A graduate from the Baroda School of Art, Varkey has been involved in the arts since the last two years, and is open to all art forms. She thinks the best way to reach out to the world is to paint a wall which is open to everybody.

"It gets you fame in a blink, although the money part is a bit tricky. But then people see and they try and connect. So, it’s worth it. On the other hand, if you put up your work in a gallery, how many ­people can you expect? It’s all about being there," she says.

The 33-year-old artist has been doing up the walls of Shahpur Jat lately. She’s fascinated with cats, and likes to paint around that theme.

Her recent work, ‘A ­knitting cat’, is grabbing eyeballs sitting on the side of a wall in one of the buildings in Shahpur Jat.

"I am still new to Delhi, but ­honestly, I am waiting for the day when I will be painting for ­somebody big. I know it will happen," she signs off.

First Published: Mar 02, 2014 17:59 IST