The paintings are portraits of the South African Indian diaspora living in segregated areas on the fringes of Johannesburg. These painting are layered with portraiture, architectural mapping and hand signs borrowed from South African Sign Language, Classical Indian dance and taxi hand signals.
“Padma Mudra” is a combination of hand signs used in the Johannesburg taxi industry, South African Sign Language and classical Indian dance. The artwork is an exploration of my identity as a South African person of Indian descent and a deaf person with Cochlear Implants.
“Taxi Sign Language” is an exploration of the similarities between taxi hand signs and South African Sign Language. The taxi rank in different destinations along with the distinctive mini-bus taxis are mapped out at an urban scale of 1/1000 exploring the contextual differences though building typologies, demographic of users, population density, architecture, urban planning, layout of road infrastructure and so on.
Painting of the seven main chakras or energy centres in a human body with their symbolic colours against a a scenic landscape of the Himalaya Mountain range.
Nritya Bhaskar is a collection of 24 illustrations commissioned for a book focusing on the art and history of a classical Indian dance of Bharata Natyam including the symbolism of various hand gestures, facial expressions, dance postures and recitations.
These paintings were done for Grolsch marketing campaign during the 400 Years Creative Workshop held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. The artworks were used for billboards, packaging, films and other marketing materials promoting Grolsch brand.
Royal Grolsch and BrownEyedBoy Curators invited me and 13 other artists to create bespoke work of art on iconic SMEG bar sized fridges. The fridges were exhibited during the Art Week Joburg 2014 (19-24 August 2014) and at the Museum of African Design (MOAD) as part of Grolsch’s marketing campaign and corporate investments in local artists.