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Sameer Kulavoor: Artist we love

APR 18, 2016 | By Jaina Chandwany

A friend once told him to do what makes him happy. Mumbai based illustrator and visual artist took this advice rather serious and set up Bombay Duck Designs, almost 8 years ago. He is most famous for his projects, The Ghoda Cycle Project that explores Indian cycles for a collaboration with Paul Smith and The Blue Book that focuses on the unique use of blue tarpaulin across the country.

Today, he is busy preparing for his first solo exhibition titled Please Have A Seat at Artisans’ in Mumbai that open to public from April 22-30. It has stemmed from random sketchbook drawings made over the past four years. In the series, he presents bold and graphic illustrations of intimate expressions and body language that appear in black and white, divorced from surroundings. “The ambiguities around these drawings are what make them more interesting. They are open to interpretation by different people from different countries and situations,” he elaborates.
Recounting an instance that resulted in a sketch, Sameer narrates, “There’s this one drawing of a clap. This was made during a gully cricket match where one kid hit a straight drive and his friend started applauding.”
As a young creative, his work ethics are rooted in throwing caution to the wind, giving a hundred percent and constantly reinventing. Ask him what makes a good creative and he replies, “Ideas are so omnipresent that we don’t even think about it. But the work of a good artist is to bring it to notice in an original and unique way.”
Sameer Kulavoor’s first solo exhibition Please Have A Seat is showing at Artisans’ in Mumbai from April 22-30, 2016
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