Art Mitul’s work is all about seeing the world from her vantage point – a search for simplicity and coherence in the midst of life’s buzz. She refers to her work as a ‘heady mix of multiple images that reflect the reality in its truest sense.’ As you can see from her work, you will rarely find a stand-alone image. Working on various styles, improvising and developing her own style of representation has been the hallmark of work by Art Mitul.
Originally from West Bengal, India, Mitul says, “Inspiration comes from the urge of creating something new or recreating from what was already there and giving it a new shape. Inspiration always comes from a certain crisis, sadness or loss. That’s when, I believe, the best pieces of work emerge. Artwork creating without harnessing these emotions can lack the lustre that attracts people to it. It then becomes a monotonous job, one carried out with great deliberation and becomes routine.”
Mitul works on a variety of surfaces, each surface having its unique potential. “I work on paper, canvas, clay, wood, metal, stone, silk and cotton and fabrics. My medium of work is generally acrylic, unless I am embroidering. Given the variety of media I work with, each project is different and unique. It is like an adventure every time I start a new project. A consummation. True satisfaction.”
When asked which item does she enjoy working on the most, Mitul says, “I love working on various clay pots simply because of the curved surface area which presents a huge challenge in painting the images in a balanced way. Not only do I have to focus on the theme, the colours and the concept, I have to take into account the right surface.”
Considering that her work is unique, it comes as no surprise that Mitul receives a lot of commissions request. Yet, her heart lies in creating pieces that depict her own painting style. “I feel that, as artists, we should take on too many customized projects as they do not celebrate the artists’ soul,” she says.
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