Love For Pen & Ink

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Born in 1985 in Raipur - Ch­hatis­garh, Ashu Gupta went on to be­come a qual­i­fied in­te­rior de­signer from NFID, but soon her hobby and pas­sion for art made her pur­sue it as a full-time pro­fes­sion since 2010. Ear­lier this year, she made the head­lines for her de­but solo show ‘The Cir­cle of Life’ ex­hib­ited at Sub­lime Gal­le­ria, UB City, com­pris­ing of a col­lec­tion cre­ated by pen and ink as a medium.“Even while work­ing as an in­te­rior de­signer, I was al­ways pulled to­wards cre­at­ing walls that added char­ac­ter to spa­ces. I even worked on some paint­ings, mu­rals and painted doors for a cou­ple of projects back then,” Ashu Gupta says while ex­plain­ing her jour­ney to­wards the arts.

Hav­ing learnt from renowned artists like MG Dod­damani, Ashu’s work has been short­listed by the pres­ti­gious Lalit Kala Akademi for 2016-17. Ex­hibit­ing her work at In­dia Art Show 2016 in Mum­bai, this 31 year old artist has worked with many medi­ums such as oil, acrylic and wa­ter colours among other in the past. Ashu is cur­rently ex­plor­ing the pen and ink medium in her art­works, af­ter dis­cov­er­ing her pas­sion to­wards cre­at­ing th­ese unique two-tone paint­ings.

“Af­ter I had my baby, I found it dif­fi­cult to ded­i­cate time and space for other medi­ums. Through pen and ink, I was able to cre­ate my paint­ings with­out much has­sle. That’s when I fell in love with this medium,” shares Ashu. While she ma­jorly uses pen and ink, some­times she also in­cor­po­rates acrylic and wa­ter colour to fuse with it. Ashu ads that this art­work can be done on any medi­ums. such as wood, pa­per, wall etc.

Work­ing for over a year on her lat­est col­lec­tion com­pris­ing of 20 art­works rang­ing from 1’x 1’ to larger ones at 3’x 4’, The Cir­cle of Life, rep­re­sents mul­ti­ple philoso­phies of life, and her jour­ney as an artist. “My art­work takes lot of time be­ing very in­tri­cate, for in­stance at times when I do scrib­bling its takes a month for 2’/2’ and if its the same work with cir­cles it takes cou­ple of months,” Ashu ex­plains.

Ashu Gupta

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