When, I look back on my past years (which I spent alone in Delhi) so, there was not any other special thing in my mind except painting. As my master suggested me to spend most of the time in doing and understanding the phenomena and secret of painting and only painting. So, I started following the instructions of my master without overthinking and start doing work.
After sometime, I realized that what all I experienced in my daily chores, it reflects in my art world such as: The texture of Concrete walls and Concrete road and the rhythm of music and whenever I see anything around me so, the image of particular thing clicks in my mind and I paint according to its feeling. I do not work with a lot of thought in mind. I thoroughly enjoys the freedom and allows things to flow in a natural way. As I have great affection towards Music, nature and spirituality which draws my attention towards the unique world, I am trying to get to know myself in the Support of music, nature and spirituality. I have a strong feeling for microcosm world, this is the only reason that my art work is in abstract. The feeling of my work is totally abstraction.
My work attempts to create environments that I want to find in myself they represent internal worlds that I am attempting to externalize and share. My works are minimal and balanced, yet full of rhythm and asymmetry. However life’s beauty is expressed however it is felt has to do with a feeling of calm, inside and out. I love what the great musician ‘Hariprashad Chaurasia’ said “So my instrument there is simply bamboo. The sound is straight from nature and it connects me to nature.” Similarly, I like to work on paper, Paper is the medium in which I feel completely free and I want to understand the music of nature more deeply with the help of these mediums.
My recent art practice is going on understanding the lives of saints, in which I am very impressed with Swami Vivekanand, Saint Kabir and Bulleshah. I am very happy to see the music of the lives all the saints, which I try to explore in my studio practice every day. Now these all things have become a part of my work. You must have seen some letters in my work but I use like just a form of drawing because I do painting and listen music and spiritual audio simultaneously, Although there is no intention behind it but yes it creates some kind of harmony in my work as like a poetry. You must will find a flower in my work which always reminds me the “I always remember seeing that flower as is I was ready to blossom.”
Each work and each series is a visual diary of my exploration. My ideas evolve as I apply my sense of order and play to the image and material at hand. I may start with an idea in mind, but somewhere between intention and chance I find new directions. I’m never quite sure how a painting will look until it’s finished.
Born in 1989, Shahanshah Mittal did his BFA from Jabalpur followed by an MFA from the University of Gwalior. Shahanshah has won numerous awards and has been part of group shows across India. Shahanshah had his first solo show in 2012.
Shahanshah was influenced by Delhi based artist Anwar, who he trained with. “Meeting Anwar sir was a turning point in my career”. Anwar was spiritual in his approach. Working under his guidance Shahanshah too began to look ‘inward’. His style shifted from figurative to abstraction using a monochromatic palette.
‘Shahanshah’s works display a unique sense of balance. He adds layers, hides what does not fit-in, and declares a work complete when ‘a sense of equilibrium’ is achieved. For him, abstraction is like air. It can take any shape and form, but by itself neither has a form, nor colour. Its job is to carry the force and smell, just like his works that carry his deep sense of conviction to the viewers.’ – Rahul Kumar
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