For Ankur, painting is therapeutic and meditative. More than a passing fancy, it’s his passion and a way to express his feelings and innermost thoughts. He says, “Painting calms me… it’s so meditative. I paint about the things going on in my mind. My paintings are like a mirror to my feelings. If I am confused and sad, it reflects in my artworks. Similarly, when I am happy and relaxed, that shows, too. Though I have a list of paintings that I would like to make, I mostly go by how I am feeling at the moment. I paint abstract when I don’t have a clear idea, otherwise, I try my hand at a portrait or definite painting. I don’t use too many dark colours, I prefer black and white. I enjoy making abstracts. I don’t like to paint realistic portraits. In fact, I like to do more artsy kinds of portraits.”
To improve his skills further, Ankur has started watching videos to learn new methods and techniques of painting. “I have managed to learn the art of acrylic painting. I’ve been doing a lot of trials and have now started doing fusion in painting as well, where I use acrylic, crayon, sketch pens and spray paint. I have learnt how to do portraits as well. Over the years, I have come to a stage where I can hang a painting made by me on my wall and sell it as well.”
It is said that a painter’s most prized possession is often borne out of his loss and void. In Ankur’s case, it’s his mother’s portrait, which he made a few months after she passed away. He calls it the most difficult painting he has done to date. “My mother, who was the most important person in my life, passed away in 2018. I missed her terribly, so I decided to make a portrait of her a few months after her passing. It was the most difficult painting that I have made so far. I have hung it in the living room and it feels so real that I feel she is with me. I see her every day whenever I pass from the living room. It’s the most important artwork that I have painted in my life,” he signs off.