Since my earliest memory, I already see myself drawing, painting and being creative. Before I started painting at the Academy, I had followed some watercolor courses, and I also started a training graphic design. I did not finish this education because I found that too much computer work was being applied. But during that training, I got the more admiration for Vincent Van Gogh. His pencils are beautiful. He studied charts, and you could see that in his paintings. He used his brush almost the same as his pen. Very lively and painfully painted, earlier and even today, one still finds his work to be too busy. However, they look dynamic and that’s what makes it so fascinating. I want to find that feeling and that dynamic in my own shackles, and I think that is a very important aspect.
The question: “Why do I paint so much?” Also keeps me busy.
Some people write poetry, they sing or make music to express themselves. Because the words do not roll out of my mouth and I can not really sing, painting is my best means of expression. It’s good to throw my feelings on the canvas. This makes me quite impulsive, which has its right sides but also its less good sides. Some works of famous classic painters can bore me, despite the fact that I have a lot of respect for their great technology and control skills. Because they want in their way and can bring feelings to the viewer. But I do not think this is the style that suits me. During one of the lessons in art history, I learned the work of Jackson Pollock, the action painter. I was particularly fascinated by the drive he painted, his works are an explosion of feelings. The longer I paint the more I realize, I want to get this back in my own paintings. Certainly now that I started working in my 6th year with free work. Even though I find that you need more input than for a model or for still life painting, I would like to give this a bigger satisfaction.
Dancing … I just do not like this, but I also want to convey what I paint.
The motion and passion that radiates the dance I want to show on the canvas. And just like painting, it’s a kind of exhaust valve that lets you go in and forget about everything. It is therefore a theme that often comes back to my work. And then you have a theme that I can hardly get around because I’m often confronted with it and become. This year, this was also a topic called ‘Identity and Diversity’ at the Academy. If you have not identified it yet, I’m Indian, now a Belgian Indian. At my 2 years I came from India to Belgium. Even though I have no memories of my native India and I grew up and raised here as a Belgian … I sometimes feel that Indian elements appear in my work. India is known to be a very colorful country and I remember that as a child I used far more common colors than now. Color is therefore important in what I paint. Color is important not only in my work but also in my life. Just like painting is important. If I can not paint, I do not feel happy. Van Gogh gave dynamism and feeling with his dancing brush, Jackson Pollock was a driven person who, as it were, dumped his feelings with his paint pots on his canvas. I would like to try to transfer my identity of passion and color, dynamics and movement as well to a canvas. And hopefully I can do this for a long time, because without painting I feel a bit lost.