At 22 years old, Shamsia Hassani became interested in graffiti ― spray painting the surreal visions fostered in her imagination onto empty city walls. Her family was supportive yet worried, and unders...
How to paint with pollution.
The streets of the national capital are witnessing a silent revolution, one stroke at a time. Now in its 4th edition the Street Art Festival (organised by ST +Art India) is a collaborative effort of artists from all around the world to bring art in the public domain. They are trying to change the urban landscape by creating life-size installations in public spaces.
What St-Art Delhi has done beautifully is art. For a minute, leave aside what it does for our spirit and our sanity. Let's talk about the craft itself. The art is vibrant, it is detailed, it is wonderful. The playfulness of Anpu's kitten is a cheeky reminder that something beautiful is just around the corner. The more euphemistic drawings of Daku and PCO interpret the angst that the city otherwise skillfully forgets. Every stroke is pretty brilliant, each technique unique.
In recent years, graffiti on Delhi streets has evolved from random scrawls of 'Tina I heart you' or 'Ramu f*** Kaka' or 'My name is (insert badly-thought pseudonym here)' to beautiful works of art tha...
In the narrow lanes of Bandra West, the hip suburb of Mumbai, street art is flourishing. Bollywood, of course, is a popular theme, but there are all sorts of interesting pieces to be found.