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Gargi Chandola : Muralist and Illustrator

Posted on : 12/02/2021 08:58pm
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Gargi Chandola creates beautiful murals. Her art is stunning and we think it could turn any place into a tourist attraction. Now, she has her own firm and works with the government to make our country more beautiful, one surface at a time.



Just to introduce yourself, if you aren’t freelancing, where are you working and what’s your current job title?


I have started my own firm called GAYA ARTS. It’s an art and media company. Soon, I want to start a collective for artists who would like to travel and collaborate on various public art projects.


Tell us about your journey from discovering your craft to acquiring the skill you have now. How did you end up in such an offbeat, unconventional and cool career?


Ever since I can remember I have sketched on any and every possible surface. My biggest motivator was my mother. She always encouraged me pursue the skill that naturally came to me.

I left design school midway as I found it difficult to conform. I started working and most of my skills are self-acquired or on the job.


After dealing with various demands from clients and/or bosses, what’s that one experience that you learned the most from?

There are lots of instances of dealing with good and bad clients that astounded me. But mostly what I’ve learnt is Just Keep Calm amidst the chaos.


In the whole world, whose work do you aspire yours to be like? And what attracts you to appreciate what they do?


I am most inspired by Dali. His provocative, evocative, obnoxious sheer genius, skill and persona.


What do people not realize about your work/area of expertise?


I think this is a common thing that designers/ artists face, that people lack any understanding of the process that goes into developing an artwork. There are no set rules to creating or viewing art. “Understanding Art” is an overrated concept.


Which project of yours are you particularly proud of? Could you tell us a little about it?


The restoration of Gunehar village square. I had just quit my job and was clueless about the way forward. I stumbled across a Facebook post about an artist’s residency in Himachal. This led to my search for local miniature artists to form a collective with them to paint this village. The stark contrast of working in an indoor office, staring at the computer to being outdoors in a mountain village and just painting, getting my hands dirty made me realise that this was meant for me.


Can we have a piece of advice that helps you with your own workflow?


I write down every little thought/idea that comes into my head. To me, while creating, no idea, however absurd, is superfluous to the process.


So, what are you working on now?


I am working with the Govt. of India to beautify heritage roads in Varanasi. I have been commissioned to do street murals across the city which has also become a second home to me.


Where do you see yourself in the future?


Travelling and painting cities, towns, villages.


How do you unwind and refresh your creative juices?


Reading a nice thriller and lazing in the garden.


Have you ever tried out a completely different creative field? If yes, how did that turn out?


I have studied roll film photography and I still enjoy it. But that is a hobby.


If you had to start afresh in the industry today, would you choose a different path and if so, what would it be?


No, I am happy in my space and my journey so far.


If you could claim that any one person’s work in India was yours, who would it be?


Maybe, the Indian Miniature masters. But as most of them are unnamed, I would also like to be remembered for my work of art regardless of claim.


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