Padmini Mehta

      

Art is the medium of expression of one’s innermost feelings and sensitiveness. The peculiarity of that expression is an artist’s creativity. Art inspires, gives hope especially during these turmoil period when the world is wrecked by hatred and mindless unnatural destruction. Born and brought up in the blessed city of Varanasi, having grown up surrounded by images of the holy Ganges, temples, grassy meadows ,fidgety birds and towering trees, Padmini has not lost communication with them even in the bustling metro-Delhi, where she works from now. Indeed these are the recurrent motifs in her paintings. She is always acutely aware that nature is a human heritage and she should show gratitude as a conscientious human being. This she does through deft strokes of colour. Colour is the language she has cultivated which now speaks through her work a million words, but carry just one though-‘hold us, feel us, don’t let us fade away.’ As an artist, she finds continuous inspiration from its various aspects, whether it’s a landscape, Indian architectural form, cityscape or present happenings, she tries to blend the modern and the conventional style with a contemporary look, using various techniques, materials and mediums. Her works vividly express her desire to protect nature, its infinite variety and to combine the best traditional methods which has given her a vocation and a mission for a lifetime.

Q.what is your perception about art?
Art is the medium of "expression" of one’s innermost feelings and sensitiveness. The peculiarity of that expression is an artist’s creativity. Art inspires, gives hope especially during these turmoil period when the world is wrecked by hatred and mindless unnatural destruction. Today in the contemporary world, when human values, ideas and social setups are changing, Art is also covering an important and multiple areas for study, research and become a great resource of skill and achieve as a profession. Art for me is not only a subject of beauty but, a source of energy, meditation concern of what is happening around me or the society and expressing my emotions through different technique with creativity.

Q.what/who is/has been your inspiration?
As an artist, my immediate inspirations where form a landscape (NATURE) and then also cityscape. Indian architectural forms and culture. My love and concern for Nature is an intrinsic part of my personality and these are the recurrent motifs in my Art I was always been acutely aware that nature is a human heritage and that I should show my gratitude as a conscientious human being. Many of old European painters have inspired me specially their colors and techniques, i.e. Monet, Cloud, constable, Cezanne n Russian artist Rourick, and nephew n uncle duo –Williams. I m later fascinated by the monuments each historic city contained. I was indeed inspired when I looked at some of the Company paintings and etchings at the National Museum and some sketches of Varanasi by Old masters like the late M.F. Husain, Ram Kumar and S.H. Raza, etc.
At the time of my early shows, I received many comments and appreciation by viewers n art critics like Late Sh. Keshav Malik and Sh. R.k.yadav that my works remind them of European masters and so later I started reading and viewing their works and enjoyed this unconscious similarity.

Q. What are your views on duplication of art and how is duplication of art pieces threatening to the art world?
Duplication is not a bad or wrong thing but, it should made clear that, this is not real but a copy or a replica work . What I feel is that whenever any artist gets fame n popularity, people start copying them in many styles like garments, jewelery, also celebrity and subject in art (Budha,krishna,etc..), but it s a unfair to declare the 'copy' as original. Many people are not aware or have no knowledge about the artist or their original work , in that case third party i.e. gallery, dealer or consultant must provide required authenticities or knowledge about the work .Copying and portraying it as original not only gives art a bad name but effects the art value and is a medium to cheat a new buyer/collector and to bring doubts in many others .I believe if this practice will continue then it will be bad news for the art market ,as well as a great loss to upcoming artists and their works .

Q. How can people differentiate between a fake art piece and an original piece of art?
Knowledge is the key, and most importantly the source (from where the work is being procured, galleries, consultants or directly from the artist). Help from museums, galleries or art consultants can also be taken. A constant re-search, awareness and interest in art n artist can help to differentiate between 'fake' and 'original' works.

Q.What are the areas that the government should step in so as to safeguard the interests of artists, and investors?
I feel that the Government should promote art and artists more as they project the soul of the nation. The Government should have a benchmark in terms of number of years devoted in this field and merit and excellence in the field to provide some sort of grants and some kind of minimum support for the artists, like they used to have in the older days of the kings and nawabs, so that the artists can do their art devotedly and without any tension, which will enhance the art scene in India and also flourish art. Also there can be a system of getting the artist registered like other professionals like lawyers, architects etc. this will help the artist fraternity to get more recognition and respect as a professional.

Q.What kind of certification is generally made available to art buyers, and what else should be provided to record originality?
The art buyer must take a letter or certificate of Authenticity from the artist, collector, museum, gallery or from whom they are buying the work of art. It should mention the name and address from whom they have procured that work of art, the details of the artwork and the artist. Details of the work as in, its title, size, medium, year of making etc. Paper work n documentation are good for further reference and incase after few years work need to be retouched, and also if there is a resale it shows originality of the work .

Q.What do you want to convey to the art lovers through your art?
"LET MY WORK SPEAK...." will be the best for me as an artist. Love and concern for nature is an intrinsic part of my personality so I'll try to convey that, not just arrest their beauty on canvas for posterity but to communicate Mother Nature’s life-affirming messages for generations to come. Let nature waltz with us, and not be just a lilting melody of a bygone era. Concerns about global warming and a shrinking forest cover have gained momentum only recently. But I have always been acutely aware that nature is a human heritage and should show my gratitude as a conscientious human being. My landscapes speak a million words, but carry just one thought—‘hold us, feel us, don’t let us fade away. As a professional I am happy to paint my subjects with various techniques, application of colors, mediums in such manner, that the art lover can feel joy and peace which is worth the price paid for it.

Q.Your words of inspiration to the artists out there.
Art inspires, gives hope especially in today’s times, the time of turmoil, when the world is wrecked by hatred and mindless unnatural destruction. So let us enjoy the harmony, peace and beauty by art and spread the same in a meaningful way.