Out of the box
RAJARSHI SMART, 27, Painter
A frame that depicts a young boy struggling to catch a mosquito or another that shows a little girl engaged in looking through her binoculars are the subjects that play on painter Rajarshi Smart’s canvas. Rajarshi is a third generation painter from Surat who followed his grandfather Vasudeo Smart and his father Jagdeep Smart’s footsteps. He completed his bachelors in painting and did his masters in printmaking from MS University, Vadodara.
KITSCH KING His talent of capturing real life won him the Gujarat Lalit Kala Academy award for the best graphic artist (in printmaking) in 2008. Today, his works adorn many galleries in Gujarat, Mumbai, Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, and other states across the country.
His claim to fame is the series of paintings he does on his installation of an autorickshaw. “The Autorickshaw is my muse,” he says. “And Bollywood is my inspiration.” Adding to his art are his sarcastic captions. For instance, a painting featuring a rickshaw is titled ‘ Laila’ or ‘ Buri
Nazar Wale Tera Muh Kala’. “The language of pop culture is also a strong influence on my work; especially the language employed in cinema hoardings,” says this
pakko Huurti dikro (completely Surati fellow). Contact: email@example.com
second opinion “I have watched him grow into a fine artist. He is doing some of
the most interesting work in the industry today.”
ANIL RELIA, ART CURATOR
“I was born into a painter’s family. Life is
nothing but art to me.”