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[Framing the Artist] Journeying Through the World of Watercolour with Hiremath Kudalayya

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Measured, passionate and pragmatic, Hiremath Kudalayya’s love for painting supersedes everything else. The son of an art teacher, he grew up in Benadi, a sleepy village in Belgaum, bordering Maharashtra. Creating evocative paintings that display his stunning skills with watercolour, his favourite medium, Hiremath’s skill with the brush has brought him accolades galore— from the world over.

In our latest Framing the Artist series, Artflute’s Sridevi Padmanabhan talks to Hiremath Kudalayya about his journey as an artist.

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[Framing the Artist] Journeying Through the World of Watercolour with Hiremath Kudalayya

  1. 1. Measured, passionate and pragmatic, Hiremath Kudalayya’s love for painting supersedes everything else.
  2. 2. The son of an art teacher, he grew up in Benadi, a sleepy village in Belgaum, bordering Maharashtra. Creating evocative paintings that display his stunning skills with watercolour, his favourite medium, Hiremath’s skill with the brush has brought him accolades galore— from the world over. www.artflute.com Journeying Through the World of Watercolour
  3. 3. a I was absolutely certain that I could be a better artist than an engineer. The decision to become an artist came as a certainty. There was no discussion, no doubts, and no asking people for their opinions about my decision. I studied science till the 12th standard and had qualified in the common entrance exam for engineering, never going against my parents’ wishes, but one day I just knew that painting was my future. I was absolutely certain that I could be a better artist than an engineer. www.artflute.com Hiremath in his early days as an artist
  4. 4. My childhood has a certain innocence that I miss. I grew up in Benadi in Belgaum and people tell me how I used to create chalk drawings on the walls of Ganesha and Saraswati. My father was an arts teacher at a school and watching him paint was one of the biggest joys of my childhood life. As a child, I was very much at home in nature, so it was one of my favourite drawing themes growing up. My childhood has a certain innocence that I miss. www.artflute.com At Chitra Sante Bangalore
  5. 5. I felt stuck My parents told me that I could pursue painting but that I would have to walk my path without their support. I moved to Maharashtra and joined Dalvis Art Institute in Kolhapur for one year and then continued my training in Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya. On the advice of my seniors in college, I chose to train in commercial art rather than fine art, since they told me that I would have a ready source of income as soon as I am done with my training. However, once I was done, I felt stuck. I wondered why I had chosen commercial art when art and painting was my passion. www.artflute.com Hiremath with his students
  6. 6. Art and painting suffused my life I resolved to follow my passion and began painting after I finished college. This phase was one of financial struggle and I then worked in animation for two years to support myself. After these two years, I again dedicated myself to painting. I was invited by Sanskar Bharati, Pune, an institution that promotes art and artists and soon was immersed in a culture that was deeply invigorating. www.artflute.com One of Hiremath’s first customers
  7. 7. I met great artists, had discussions with them about art and generally art and painting suffused my life. I also began participating in group shows and was soon invited by Lalit Kala Academy in New Delhi for an art camp. Slowly, I became an established artist. www.artflute.com
  8. 8. I can paint any time, anywhere I love the process of painting. I can paint any time, anywhere— in a crowd or alone, listening to music or in silence, day or night. I don’t wait for inspiration or ideas. All I need to do is get to my easel everyday and everything else just follows. As an artist, all I need is space— both physical and mental so that I can paint. I love the outdoors and I paint while outdoors as much as I do at my studio. It is a challenge to work outdoors and takes certain set of skills but is has been a practice for me to do it. www.artflute.com Hiremath Working on one of his creations
  9. 9. I pack my bags, head to a new town or city and just paint. From Varanasi to Orchha and Bhutan to my ancestral village, I capture everyday moments on canvas. Recently, I was one of 100 artists invited by the Gujarat Kala Pratishthan to visit Narendra Modi’s village, Vadnagar. One of my paintings from the trip of the landscape of the region now hangs in the Prime Minister’s office. My most treasured moments of validation come from people in my village in Belgaum www.artflute.comTravelling Through the Cloud
  10. 10. Another painting that was created during a trip to Gokarna, To The Market, became the only work from India that made to the top 20 paintings selected for the 1st International Watercolor Society Biennale 2015. The art event had received nearly 350 entries from 38 countries across the globe. However, my most treasured moments of validation come from people in my village in Belgaum. To be honoured at the annual yatra and blessed by them mean more to me than anything else in this world. www.artflute.com To The Market
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