Saudamini Mishra, 24, believes in experimenting with things and learning from her own mistakes. A self-taught painter from Jor Bagh, Mishra was doing well in academics but chose fine arts instead to make a career about four years back because that is where her heart lay. She shares, “As a history student from Delhi University, I was not only performing well but bagged ranks in my college. Still somehow at the end of my final year, I realised that these things won’t excite me in the long run and after discussing with my mother I decided to pursue painting, which was only a hobby till then, more seriously. I felt my future lay in fine arts.” “I went to the Triveni Kala Sangam, New Delhi, and attended one or two workshops of Rameshwar Broota, which were quite interesting. I also started visiting art galleries to see the work of other artists. And thereafter I started practising abstract art at home. I used to get so involved in my paintings that at times, I spent 17-18 hours a day on them.” However, to share her works with people who appreciated art Mishra decided to visit various art galleries. “Even when I used to do paintings at home, I had this habit of showing them to my parents and family friends and look forward to their feedback. One day, one of our family friends suggested that I visit the Santushti Art Gallery, Delhi, with my work as they give a chance to newcomers. I took it seriously and out of excitement took all my works there. But unfortunately they didn’t find any of my work suitable for the gallery. According to them my works were suited for display in a museum or could be part of home decor. A little disappointed, hesitantly I asked for their suggestions and they referred me to do paintings which are clear and have transparency,” says Mishra.
Mishra then worked day and night and within one month completed five pieces. “Again I followed up with the same gallery and this time they liked my work and selected them for displaying at the gallery. I think that was a memorable day of my life as I got my first assignment as well,” she smiles. Mishra continued to experiment with her works and visited Broota again for feedback. “He looked at my works and suggested that I become a little realistic with my works. I adhered to his instructions and did a lot of spadework to improve myself. Roaming around the streets and visiting various art exhibitions, something that grabbed my attention were hyperrealistic paintings. I found them so mesmerising and soothing to the eyes that without wasting a day, I bought a camera and went on to the Delhi streets to grab pictures from a painter’s point of view.” She adds, “Hyperrealistic is a technique that expresses a generic reality rather than an isolated experience. The paintings establish a bond of empathy with the viewer, wherein he/ she can readily relate to the painter’s vision. I clicked on various themes like European arts, types of clocks, coins and for a group exhibition, Romanticists held in May at the Alliance Francaise Gallery. The show continued at Gallery One, Gurgaon. I focused on Delhi Streets, its food, people etc. The response was fabulous. Broota appreciated my work. He is not only my idol but a source of inspiration for me.” Mishra also make sculptures. “I have been taking training from sculptor Madhur Sen for two years. I experiment a lot,” smiles Mishra.