A biking trip to Bhutan made artist Mrudul Mankame realise that the beauty of Bhutan’s landscapes have to be captured on canvas. Soon after the trip, he picked up his paint brush and with powerful strokes brought out Bhutan’s scenic beauty on canvas. Many of his artworks are currently on display at an exhibition titled Free Verse at the Bliss Art Gallery.
An animator by profession, Mankame is an alumnus of Abhinav Kala Mahavidyalaya and he is also a commercial artist. Despite the fact that he was a successful professional from the animation industry, the artist decided to quit his occupation and take up art full time. Unhappy with the scenario in the semi-corporate industry, Mankame turned to painting and he found himself happy with it.
“While on a biking trip of Bhutan, I discovered the beauty of the small place. Along with the scenery, the monks and Buddhists of the place were also very interesting. So, I thought of painting them. I have focused on their clothes, which were mainly in bright red and white colours. They appealed to the artist in me!”
The exhibition includes 13 paintings, which feature the landscapes of the country along with sketches of monks and temples. “Painting is a visual process and not just practice. One needs a thoughtful preparation before touching the canvas,” adds the artist.