I have always been fascinated by Mural paintings since my childhood days. Never imagined that I would do one myself until this opportunity came to me. I am teaching Art at Temple of Fine Arts, Singapore. Our school just moved to a new location and I was given a wall to decorate. I took this opportunity to express what Temple of Fine Arts means.
I chose to use Warli style of painting as I was drawn to the simplified representation of Folk imagination, beliefs and customs which are spontaneously expressed. Warli Paintings are characterized by the minimalistic style employed to say the profoundest things. The use of color is restricted to a stark white against earthen backgrounds. Geometric designs dominate most paintings; dots and crooked lines are the units of these compositions. The appeal of these unicolor compositions lies in their lack of pretentiousness in conveying the profound.
This mural is divided into two parts.
Sheer joy depicts the joy of living life to its fullest. Life has its own primal motion and natural rhythm. In this section, the people in the spiral formation represent all of us at the Temple of Fine Arts as we move together around the lamp in the center which represents the light of Temple of Fine Arts, our guru, founder and guide His holiness Swami ShantanandSaraswathiwith his harmony and rhythm that spreads and charms the complete space, he is the creator and inspiration of life around TFA. Transcending the barriers of time and space this warli painting portrays eternal life at Temple of Fine Arts in its universal form.
The other part of the painting represents the daily activity of Temple of Fine Arts.
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