Where and why did you get this artwork?
I viewed this painting first, titled Solitude, last May-June, at an online art gallery called Parijart. Thereafter, we went to Lalit Kala Akademi’s Garhi Studios, where the work was exhibited. Also, our daughter wanted to gift us a painting because we had just moved house.
What drew you to this particular piece?
It is an abstract painting and the soft pastel colours drew me to it. I could sit and gaze at it for hours; and every time I look at it, a new element strikes me. It is almost in the form of a story within a story. The painting has a gentle tone to it. At the end of the day, we wanted a peaceful, interesting piece with a positive vibe.
Where do you exhibit it?
The painting is exhibited on one of the walls of our living room.
What do you like about this particular artist?
We didn’t know anything about him when we first viewed his work. We were not buying the painting for the sake of making an investment either. But we really liked all his paintings when we went to the studio. He has the strokes of a mature artist, and a lot of his work seems textured. His paintings have a lot of depth to them, a three-dimensional feel. His paintings are soft, gentle, positive, even transformative. They can be reinterpreted. For example, I can even give Solitude another title.
What do you think of the explosion in the market for Indian art?
I think it’s great. And why shouldn’t the art market boom? My problem is that people judge paintings by their price—an expensive painting is not necessarily better. Art is meant for everybody. Also, buyers need to be aware that the boom could end some day. I think aesthetic appeal should draw you to a painting first. Price should be a secondary concern.
Do you have any criteria in mind when you buy?
Not really. It has to appeal to me and help in creating a positive aura.
Vigyan Vrat’s works are available at prices ranging from Rs20,000 to Rs1 lakh.