Where did you first see this artist’s works?
A friend, who is an art dealer, showed me Nazifa’s earlier works, which were on paper. They had a certain freshness, and it was obvious that she had talent that needed exposure. I liked her work so much I asked her to create a small series for my corporate projects.
What drew you to this piece?
I like the clean strokes she has used and how she has merged these on canvas. There is a sense of calm energy and contemplation. You can rest your eyes on them. Abstract art tends to be morose but this canvas is different.
Where do you exhibit it?
I keep it in my shop. The painting has a positive energy to it, so I chose to display it here.
What do you like about Nazifa’s works?
She has now developed her canvas range substantially. I like the way she uses bold colours and, like I said, her work does not unsettle the eye or the mind.
Do you buy art as investment?
Never. I buy purely for aesthetics. I don’t agree that you can buy art simply for commercial reasons. You can’t deal with art like you do with stocks. I wouldn’t sell any painting unless I wanted to get rid of it.
Do you prefer figurative pieces or abstract ones?
Over the years, I have always bought figurative works. But recently, I’ve been gravitating towards abstract works, and there are so many artists such as Prabhakar Kolte and Laxman Shreshtha who do abstract works which I love.
What do you think of the boom in the art market?
It is a great thing for artists and gallery owners. Remember, not long ago both had problems surviving. But Indian art was just waiting to be recognized. It is an exciting time for those who love art. Like all markets, the prices here, too, will settle down and only serious art lovers will stay on.
How do you buy art? Are you instinctive or a planned buyer?
I have about 15 works in my collection right now, I have been totally intuitive in buying them. My only rule is that I shouldn’t get tired of looking at the piece.
Are you a regular at the art galleries?
I have a very hectic schedule, so I have to wait for a Sunday to make time and visit galleries and take a look at what’s in the market.
Nazifa Hararwala’s works are available at Saffronart at prices ranging from Rs7,900 to Rs24,300.