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Deepa was born and brought up in Rajasthan. She did her schooling and graduation from Kota (Rajasthan). Since childhood, she has been inclined towards art. Her grandmother was her true inspiration as she herself had pursued art from a college in Jammu and Kashmir in an era when women hardly chased their dreams. Her grandmother encouraged Deepa and her encouragement strengthened Deepa resolve to become an artist. In order to pursue her dream and take training in arts, Deepa came to Mumbai from Rajasthan.

She trained in art at SNDT Mumbai Women’s University. After that, Deepa completed a multimedia course and started her career as a web designer. But after many years, she left the digital art medium to come back to her true calling of creating art with her hands and started working as a professional artist.

Deepa adores and respects the work of Ms. Bharti Yadav who has been a catalyst for Deepa in her choosing abstract art as a form of expression.

Deepa’s ongoing journey of group exhibitions
● May 2020 – Kala Sammelan – 12th to 31st May, an online charity exhibition for COVID-19 relief, Mumbai
● January 2019: India Art Festival at Nehru Center Mumbai
● November 2019: Kala Spandan Art Fair at Nehru Center Mumbai
● December 2019 – Global art Fair at the World trade center, Mumbai
● 2004: Art Society of India Annual Exhibition Mumbai
● 2005: World Trade Center Exhibition in Mumbai
● 2006: World Trade Center Exhibition in Mumbai
● 2007: World Trade Center Exhibition in Mumbai

The moods of nature influence me and mother nature is my true inspiration.

My work is primarily abstract and minimalistic. It frequently includes dynamic, fluid movements, and color accents. The idea is to express on canvas an emotion and feelings inspired by observing nature through a full flow of colors, random brush strokes, and unique spatial combinations.

Formations out of fluid art help me recreate nature with my hands and I feel a part of the unknown forces always at work in the Universe. In fact, what I love and live for is the complete unknown while creating art. Every new painting starts and ends in a way that is surprising even for me. I experiment with different materials, colors, and mediums and push myself to create strokes and color flows that are visually stimulating. I have been immensely lucky to have found artists whose work inspires me to do better. Jackson Pollock is phenomenally ahead of his time in the way he uses colors and forms. Kandinsky uses color, form, and texture in an amazing manner in his non- objective work. The layering of colors, dripping, pouring, and splashing- all are facets that are inspired by observing nature. Painting gives me deep inner peace and hopefully will evoke a similar sense of calm within the viewer as well.

Hi, Deepa! Tell us a few words about yourself. What does a typical day look? Do you just do art, or is art just part of the picture?

Deepa: I was born and brought up in Rajasthan. I did my schooling and graduation from Kota (Rajasthan). After that I moved to Mumbai for further training in art from SNDT Mumbai Women’s University. I started my career as a web designer, but after many years left the digital art medium to come back to my true calling of creating art by hand and work full time as a professional artist. Every day is a normal routine day. But I look forward to go to the studio and start my painting or just collect some ideas for new painting. I am in the studio mostly 5-6 hours.Art is my passion. Art gives me inner peace and joy. I create my imagination, emotion and what I see in nature.

Circle of life

Tell us about your artwork, medium, style, subject matter etc.

Deepa: My work is primarily abstract, minimalist and frequently includes dynamic, fluid movements and color accents. I am working in Acrylic color on canvas.

I am inspired y nature and mostly the shape of the trees. Painting gives me a deep inner peace and hopefully will evoke a similar sense of personal meaning to the viewer as well.

Tree

What is the process from start to a final artwork, do you envision it from the beginning or is it a different process? And how do you know when a work is finished?

Deepa: My work is primarily abstract, minimalist and frequently includes dynamic, fluid movements and color accents. The idea is to express an emotion or feeling on canvas with a flow of colours, random brushstrokes to create forms, shape formation out of fluid art, recreate nature with my hands.

What I love and live for is the complete unknown while creating art. Every new painting starts and ends in a way that is surprising even to the me. Its always wonderful to combine different materials, color types and mediums. I attempt to reach and push myself to create a unique spatial composition, unlikely color combinations, strokes and color flows that are visually stimulating.

Orange blue

How has your art evolved over the years?

Deepa: I tried different mediums. Earlier I used to work on oil. After sometime I only work on Dry pastels and do landscapes. After becoming fulltime professional artist I started working on Acrylics and choose to work on abstract. Now days I am practicing pencil portraits.

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You say mother nature is your main inspiration. Can you tell us a bit more about that?

Deepa: The idea is to express on canvas an emotion and feelings inspired by observing nature through a full flow of colors, random brush strokes and unique spatial combinations. Formations out of fluid art help me recreate nature with my hands and I feel a part of the unknown forces always at work in the Universe.

What is your favorite artwork from some artist you admire, and if you could pick one that you’ve made, and why?

Deepa: I have been immensely lucky to have found artists whose work inspires me to do better. Jackson Pollock is phenomenally ahead of his time in the way he uses colours and form. Kandinsky uses color, form and texture in an amazing manner in his non- objective work.

I observed how they use their colors and forms.

Do you have a real-life situation that inspired your artwork?

Deepa: What I see and observe in nature I create in my painting. Abstract art is all about exploring form and colors. Abstract art isn’t about making perfect copies of real life.

Are there any upcoming shows or workshops we should know about?

Deepa: Not Now.

Do you see your art as serving a purpose beyond art?

Deepa: Nature provides us vast inspiring phenomena.

What are you currently working on, and what is next for you?

Deepa: Currently I am working on mixed media on paper or canvas. By the end of this year I want to create more artworks which are unique and bold.

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